On Friday I got a call from my Dad – “I want to buy Howard a wheelchair.” He gave me the supplier and model details so I could check it out. all seemed fine, so I told him he could go ahead. With lots of thanks, of course!
The Abilize Pursuit is suitable for indoors and out, with two 12V batteries that enable it to travel up to 12 miles. The batteries lift out and then the wheelchair folds up for transportation – though I’ve not tried this as yet. The chair is also very customisable – the back, arm and footrests all adjust to fit it to the user’s body.
We are having a slight problem with the size. It’s not built with an inaccessible home in mind (unlike the WHILL Model C) so getting into the kitchen is a struggle. I’ll have to ask our housing officer if the doorways can be widened, though this will be after Christmas now.
The other problem I had was that the chair came unassembled via a delivery service. I had to get it in and put together by myself, which wasn’t the easiest thing. The instructions are a little vague and the photographs are too small to be of any use. I got there in the end, though!
These minor quibbles aside, Howard says the Abilize Pursuit is comfortable and it looks far more capable than his current attendant wheelchair. I am looking forward to him trying it outside.