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Old Today, 06:57 PM
Location: Hawaii/Alabama
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If you can still use your feet you can get one of the lightweight transport chairs you can simply put the foot rests up and scoot about on your own and perhaps your wife can push when you become too tired.

There are also "loan closets" at places like your local center for independent living or elder/disabled care organizations (check your State and or city resources; if you have a particular disease many times contacting a foundation for that disease may have ways to obtain a chair.

As another poster said Medicare part B can get you a wheelchair at 80% (if you have a secondary insurance it can pick up the other 20%).

Keep in mind that Medicare has very specific parameters for a chair and will replace chairs at 5 years intervals, so if you think you may need another wheelchair (power or scooter) within that time period they will not pay for another one.

I hope that you find something that suits your needs and that you enjoy your trip!
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Old Today, 09:36 PM
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I strongly recommend buying or borrowing a wheelchair with larger back wheels over using a "transport" chair with four small wheels of the same size. More stable and easier to push over rough ground (gravel, for instance) and easier to get over awkward thresholds of doors (back over them).

This video shows a great way to load a wheelchair using a crutch as a lever. I've taught a few this method and they love it. The most dramatic was a woman with mild to moderate rheumatoid arthritis whose husband needed a wheelchair for all mobility. She did this easily. Often.


Whatever solution you find that is right for you, have a great trip!
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Old Today, 10:28 PM
Location: Raleigh
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I imagine there are racks like a bike rack that would hold a wheelchair. Many churches have loaners so you can borrow for the summer. Thrift shops have time very cheap. Enjoy the trip.
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