If you are anything like me, you’ll know how hard it can be to push a manual wheelchair.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve struggled to push Bridget’s chair up an incline. And, more recently, I’ve been struggling even on flat surfaces, especially since my recent health problems which you can read about in Can This Really Be Fibromyalgia?
Often, us carers are too proud to ask for help. But, let’s be honest, if we need help, we shouldn’t let our pride get in the way of asking for it because if we get ill, that has a knock-on effect on the person we’re caring for.
I think I’m at the stage where I need to admit I’m struggling and my inability to push the wheelchair is impacting on Bridget, not least because it’s interfering with our ability to bimble.
Therefore, I’m actively looking for help and I think the TGA Wheelchair Power Pack could be it.
From what I can tell, the TGA range of power packs is one of the best solutions for pushing a manual wheelchair. It won’t suit everyone, some people prefer a mobility scooter or electric wheelchair, but it could make the world of difference for some of you, I know it could for me. Note: other wheelchair power packs are available
So, let me introduce you to the TGA wheelchair power pack range or wheelchair mover as I like to call them. I was first introduced to wheelchair mover’s when Bridget was measured up for a new wheelchair, and as far as I’m concerned, they’re certainly something to consider, I know I am.
The TGA Wheelchair Power Pack
From the TGA website, it explains that their wheelchair power packs have been designed to fit most manual wheelchairs. It also explains that the unit is designed to take the strain out of pushing the chair on all types of surfaces, which sounds good to me.
Also, and this is important, to operate the power pack you simply use the thumb lever and off you go.
With an advertised speed of up to 4 mph and a range of up to 10 miles on a full charge, the freedom and health benefits a wheelchair power pack can offer sounds fantastic. And, as we’re all different, TGA have designed 4 different power packs to suit most wheelchair users.
Wheelchair Power Pack Solo
Described as “by far one of the most technically advanced, carer controlled wheelchair power pack on the market. The pack is light enough to take anywhere, ideal for days out in the car or on public transport and is suitable for moving users up to **18 stone.”
Wheelchair Power Pack Duo
For those of us who demand more from our wheelchair (that’s us) or need extra traction because of the types of terrain we travel on, the twin wheel duo is the best option.
Wheelchair Power Pack Duo HD
For heavier wheelchair users (up to **26 stone) the duo HD power pack is ideal. Still easy to fit and uninstall and with a reverse option as standard, the twin wheel duo HD carries a lot of punch and power in such a small pack.
Wheelchair Power Pack Plus
For ultimate power, traction and sheer pushing power the Power Pack Plus is the unit for you. This is the latest addition to the TGA range of power packs and is capable of easily and confidently moving chair users up to **32 stone.
Common to all units is that they are:
- Incredibly easy to install and remove
- Easy to use
- Designed and made in the UK
- Two-year parts & labour warranty
Each unit comes with a fully automatic charger which simply plugs into the sealed and maintenance free battery, charges and you’re ready for your next adventure.
I’m sure you’ll agree, these wheelchair power packs from TGA really could make the world of difference to the way we travel.
I don’t know about you, but I’m sold, the next thing I need to do is figure out how I am going to pay for it?
For full details, specifications and prices visit TGA Mobility or contact one of their mobility advisors on 01787 882244 who’ll be happy to give you further advice and guidance.
*Range of power packs can vary depending on the user weight and travel conditions (such as terrain).
**Due to the specification of certain ’tilt in space’ and bariatric wheelchairs (among others) it is important that the additional weight of the wheelchair itself may need to be considered when calculating the maximum weight the power pack can assist.
***This post is for information only, The Bimblers are not responsible for information taken from third party providers.
One way to reduce the strain of pushing a wheelchair is to buy a lightweight wheelchair, I wrote this quick guide to help you: How to Choose a Lightweight Wheelchair
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