Only 6 months to wait
Today at around 9:40 I received a call, would I be around at 13:30 for my Motability assessment? Well, I was at work, so I had to ask for time off, which I was given. I made sure I was home in plenty of time, felt both excited and nervous, odd I know. The guy doing the assessment was called Rob Scott, he was very nice. He asked what I wanted from a car, how I wanted to get in etc. He did some movement tests with me, some strength tests. He then asked if I wanted to go look at the car he brought, it had some adaptions in it. It was a car you could drive from your chair, not what I wanted. But it gave us some good ideas, some positive thoughts. Then he asked if I wanted to drive it, I of course did. Once my chair was clamped in and I was shown what to do, we went for a 20 minute drive.
The drive was not easy, the adaption are what I want, but not what I have used before. They took a little getting used to, my braking was not great, but that is partly because, once I did start braking, my chair moved forwards causing me to brake harder. But when I get my own car, I am sure this will become a lot easier.
What he is going to recommend is.
- a ramp in the boot
- ramp and back door to open via car key remote
- no back seats
- drivers seat on rails, slides back, transfer on, slides forwards into normal slot
- push brake pull throttle, to be controlled with right hand
- steering ball (won’t be a ball, more like a thin handle)
- steering to be lightened
- auto lights and wipers
I will be seeing him again in 2 weeks at the Motability roadshow, might get to go for another test drive. The car he recommends is the VW Caddy. He says it will take 6 months, I know this is a long time, but what can I do eh? I am happy with the car he is recommending, it is actually a lot smaller that I thought they might suggest. The smaller the better in my opinion.
These guys build the inside of the car. http://www.sirusautomotive.co.uk/ Active – Internal Transfer Vehicle is what they suggest for me.