As I sit here ready to share my next blog with you I can’t stop thinking about the brilliant Trekinetic testimonial received from owner, Eileen Clayton. Eileen’s experience truly resonates the impact the all terrain wheelchair has had on so many others own sense of independence and empowerment.
So what to do? My own words can surely wait for another day. Please, do take a moment and read about Eileen and her adventures with her Trekinetic. I’m sure you’ll find her just as inspiring as I have!
Eileen’s Trekinetic Wheelchair Report:
“I bought a Trekinetic electric wheelchair from you on June 10th this year. 10 days after buying it we went on a two-week holiday in the North of England. Since then I have used it every day, both for indoor use, going out to restaurants and using it outdoors on various surfaces.
When we went away, we took with us my manual wheelchair thinking I would use both, but never actually did so. I think the chair is absolutely amazing, a total revolution in wheelchair design. It is so easy to manoeuvre indoors and yet it copes well with rough grass, gravel and other challenging surfaces. It is the most comfortable chair I have sat in for a long time and I can actually stay in it all day. The battery lasts longer than we expected and the stability of the chair is quite exceptional, although I have still not totally got used to the sensation I get when it tips onto its front casters!
We would appreciate it if there was another way of holding the foot rests in position whilst I get in and out of it; because of my poor hand coordination I cannot fix the rubber band onto the peg and at times my husband struggles with it. Do let us know if there is ever a modification. The umbrella is wonderful and even in heavy rain manages to keep me dry. The only thing I would say is that I did wish for a different socket position to fasten it into when it rained at a recent wedding and I was dressed in an ankle length dress.
I wasn’t happy with the photos which were taken over August Bank Holiday; however some more were taken when we were at a miniature railway event a couple of weeks ago and I attach them to this email. I am happy for them to be used to illustrate the Trek. Not only does it liberate me, but people treat me differently when I am using it, rather than when I am in my conventional wheelchair. Indeed it really emphasises how poor traditional chairs (electric and manual are). In fact they are really not fit for purpose.
When we go out I am constantly asked about it, by disabled people, their relatives, by hospital staff, by engineers, by social workers. There is immense interest. I am convinced there is a market out there; I am also convinced that there are a large number of disabled people who could afford it and I also believe that if it became more common, it could trigger a major design shift of wheelchairs. Long before I found the Trekinetic I could see that having the big wheels at the front was a no-brainer, but could only source one from the USA until I stumbled across a Trek. This last weekend I have been at a major event on the Ffestiniog Railway, the Victorian weekend. I must have been asked by between 12 and 20 people about the chair. When I go to Walton hospital, which specialises in neurological conditions, which prevent people from walking, the staff still stares at it and ask questions.
Sorry to go on about it, but it has revolutionised my life and I would love to see lots of other people empowered.
Despite a few niggles, I certainly think it is best wheelchair I have come across, in a league of its own compared with conventional chairs. I really do appreciate having it.
Do you happen to have a business card with the details on which I could give to people who ask, rather than have to laboriously spell out your details whilst they write it down?
The only real downside is that my elderly dog is becoming a lazy old bitch, much preferring to ride rather than walk!
Hope all is well. Eileen Clayton”