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    #16
    Brad09, I totally appreciate what you are doing to mentor this person in the nursing home. I agree with Tooley's suggestion to see if there's a quad rugby team near enough to have him and possibly other facility residents attend a game or practice. The reasoning, to clarify, is not to play the game but to attend a sports event, such as a baseball or football game. The possibility of networking with other quads who are active and independent can be invaluable for someone - especially someone in a nursing home where they live with day to day rules based on protecting them.

    I also support the idea of involving a local Center for Independent Living as they may be able to review his current goals, if any, and provide information he may be seeking.

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      #17
      Thank you for the suggestion. The problem is there is no easy way to get him to a rugby game even if he wanted to go. He would have to find someone with a wheelchair accessible van. That's why I'm trying to figure out if there is any way to modify my old ZRA for him to use for transportation, so anyone with a car could take him somewhere.

      After being told by the specialist at our local seating clinic that it would not be safe for him to use a manual chair for this purpose I started doing some more research. There are plenty of pictures of people on social media with c4/5 SCI's that are sitting in manual chairs (with people pushing them). So I'm struggling to understand the suggestion of the therapist. Is this not as easy as raising the backrest on my old chair all the way up, putting the armrests back on and finding a chest strap? Can anyone with a c4 or 5 SCI comment on using a manual chair for transportation?

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        #18
        Can anyone answer this? ^^

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          #19
          I would be more concerned with how he will transfer in and out of transportation rather than can he sit in a manual chair.

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            #20
            Originally posted by smity50 View Post
            I would be more concerned with how he will transfer in and out of transportation rather than can he sit in a manual chair.
            This is a good question. How do others that use manual chairs for this purpose do it if they don't have the ability to transfer themselves? Do others just pick them up and put them in the seat of a vehicle? If that's the case, it would probably be easier to do that than find a way to transport a power chair without a van.

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              #21
              I will admit that I have been picked up and thrown in and out of many types of vehicles over the years. If I didn't let my friends pick me up I would have missed many great experiences.

              I've never used it but what about uberWAV?
              Last edited by smity50; 10 Oct 2019, 6:41 PM.

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                #22
                I'm not sure, but what I'm trying to figure out is it safe for a c4/5 quad to sit in a manual chair? What is needed (armrests, a high back, chest strap, etc? How are pressure reliefs done if they can't do it themselves?

                Most importantly, is there any reason I shouldn't try to get a manual chair for this guy to use for transportation when it isn't feasible to use a van?

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                  #23
                  You may be setting him for failure which could be devastating. Have you talked with him about it? Don't rely on a therapists opinion. They only see us in our most weak conditions. They're trained to give a worst case scenario. Check with the quad rugby association or a quad athlete in your area. It's the athletes who can tell you best.

                  I don't see why a C4/5 couldn't sit in a manual chair with enough dump, higher back under his scapulas and armrests.

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                    #24
                    Originally posted by Brad09 View Post
                    I'm not sure, but what I'm trying to figure out is it safe for a c4/5 quad to sit in a manual chair? What is needed (armrests, a high back, chest strap, etc? How are pressure reliefs done if they can't do it themselves?

                    Most importantly, is there any reason I shouldn't try to get a manual chair for this guy to use for transportation when it isn't feasible to use a van?
                    Brad09: Have you tried Googling this issue, as well as searching on YouTube. I've seen plenty of videos on YouTube demonstrating numerous issues related to paralyzed persons, transfers, etc.

                    Also, you mentioned earlier that there are other quads in power wheelchairs at this facility. My point of view is to focus on his use of his power chair in which there is, hopefully, already a pressure relief procedure, and investigate whether the facility with several quads, apparently does not have (?) a lift-equipped vehicle to transport them for medical/recreational purposes. That failing, what about public transportation in a lift equipped vehicle like "Dial a Ride", etc.
                    Is there any room in this overall scenario to include these other quads in the issue of transportation where they may want to go? Otherwise they appear to be prisoners.

                    Political activism comes to mind when one's civil rights are denied.

                    I know your focus is on a manual chair - good. However, with a manual chair there are still issues of transfer to car, pressure relief. I'm just sayin' there appears to be more than one way for him to spring loose from the facility when he wants to.
                    Keep up the excellent work!

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