Is There an “In‐between” Chair?

Jul 06, 2018

Anonymous asks, quote:

Is there any sort of an “in‐between” chair? My condition has not yet gotten bad enough to where I can justify spending the money on a custom chair, but I also don’t want to buy /the most/ basic chair and look like I just rolled out of a hospital.

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Let me start off by saying this: everyone has different needs for mobility aids and what works for you might not work for other people. Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide what’s best.

“In‐between” chairs exist and they’re really quite awful. They usually go by the term “transfer” or “transport” chair and are specifically designed to move a non‐ambulatory person across a short distance from point A to point B. They’re not meant for any kind of long‐term or vigorous use.

So, fun fact: I’m a high‐functioning paraplegic. So high, in fact, that I can feel my legs, stand and walk short distances (with something to hold on to). This means that, if absolutely necessary, I can do stuff like climb stairs and board a bus.

With that in mind, I still use my chair almost everywhere. I only walk up stairs if there’s no better option or if the place I’m going to is a once‐in‐a‐lifetime opportunity (I climbed a flight of stairs in order to get into the most amazing Sichuan restaurant in Australia. Worth every step).

This might be better for you in the long‐run: get yourself a good, quality wheelchair that is comfortable enough for you to use day‐to‐day and save what mobility you have for the special occasions you don’t want to miss out on.

Important Side Note: If you think my suggestion is about as helpful as a drunk toddler in IKEA and really want some solid recommendations on a chair that would meet your needs, I would contact NuMotion. They have helpful reps that can guide you through the process of buying a chair that works for you.