"Difficulty using my wheelchair at home"

About: Ayrshire Central Hospital East Ayrshire Council

(as a service user),

I got an electric wheelchair from social work in April/May to help me get around easier at home. I haven’t really been able to use it though as I bump into things and it’s difficult to get through doors. At the moment I can only use it at the day centre. I use a manual chair when I go out for my shopping because I’m worried about using the electric chair. I don’t have anything I’m able to use easily at home.

It’s not easy moving around my house in a wheelchair because there is not much space. For example when I go in to the kitchen I need to think how I’m going to get back out. I wish they would take into account my wheelchair when I apply for housing.

I did go to Irvine central to test using an electric chair before I got it and I did ok. The occupational therapist was meant to come and see me at home but they didn’t come. It’s a good chair but I feel I could do so much more with it.

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Response from Annemargaret Black, East Ayrshire Council (Public Interest Body)

Hello Kirks

I am sorry to hear that you are experiencing challenges in using your wheelchair at home. If you can contact me with your name and address I can look into this issue for you? If you do not want to do this, you can contact the Occupational Therapist again and explain your situation or alternatively contact the senior manager responsible for your area. Someone at my office would be able to let you know who that is if you give us a call or email.

Annemargaret Black

Email Annemargaret.Black@east-ayrshire.gov.uk

Phone number 01563 576090

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