Saturday, 24 July 2010

MAT Evaluation

Violet's OT contacted me yesterday to suggest we start looking at wheelchairs for Violet to use for long distances as she feels this would be a more viable option, especially as she starts school in January and will no doubt be having excursions, tire from her low stamina and not to mention when she has her foot/leg surgery in February.

She will be having a MAT Evaluation on the 9th August and then she will organise some companies to come out and trial some wheelchairs with her.

She will then of course approach organisations to fund the wheelchair, which as usual takes a long time until you actually get approved and then receive the piece of equipment. If her step and rail for the toilet is anything to go on...that basic design took 1 year! Wheelchairs wait time can be around 18-24 months.

In the meantime, they will lend us one of their wheelchairs.

Strange that she contacted me about the wheelchair as I have been thinking along the same lines lately, one example is that Violet has had alot of kids comment about whether she is a baby still as she is still in a stroller. Even though it's a special needs stroller, kids just can't seem to look past the fact it is exactly that...a stroller.


Alison said...

I think a wheelchair is a good idea - otherwise people will treat her more like a baby. Its pretty full on though the first time you go out with your child in a chair rather than a pram - it just feels so much more conspicuous. Surprising how quickly you get used to it though.

Ashlea got measured up for her chair mid (ish) last year and we received it by the end of term 1 this year - so about 9 months.

We got it through the PADP / Enable whatever they are now called. Ashlea has a Quickie GTX and we are really happy with it.

Missy said...

Good luck with your wheelchair funding.
We have just gone through the same process and we luckily got it funded rather quickly.
I got it for the same reasons, Missymoo and distance definitely but also I would rather her be in the wheelchair than the pram.
We are lucky that for now Missymoo is so tiny and petite and only three that we can still get away with the pram.

Good luck,hope you are not waiting for it too longxxx

Melissa and Luke Young said...

It must be a hard decision to make.. Good luck with the process and funding. I hope it isn't a long process xx

Josephine said...

*sigh* This is something I have been thinking about too. A year or so ago Avery's PT brought the subject up and I immediately said no, I didn't want to get her a wheelchair, but I think now that I was a bit hasty, and that maybe it would be a good thing to look into. Stuff like, when we went to the petting zoo a couple of weeks ago it took a good couple of minutes to convince them that we HAD to take her stroller inside because she couldn't walk...that wouldn't have been an issue if it had been a wheelchair.
Anyway, I hope it doesn't take that long for you to get it! And I hope that Violet likes the one that they recommend for her :)

April said...

good luck finding just the right wheels for her!

Rosalie said...

We also got ours through PADP, i believe ours was also around the 9 month mark aswell.

I'm sure she will love it, Deana absolutely loves the freedom she has in it( as you have seen lol)