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son broke his leg 3 weeks before our 25 day trip to Europe, need wheelchair rental info.

son broke his leg 3 weeks before our 25 day trip to Europe, need wheelchair rental info.

Old Apr 8th, 2013, 12:02 PM
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what was the name of the wheel chair that you bough. How did it hold up? I am planning a 5 week trip to Europe and have some trouble walking long distances. My sister's going with me and is able to push me but I'm concerned that a "companion" chair will not be as sturdy especially on cobbled streets like paris and rome. How was your experience.

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Old Apr 8th, 2013, 12:45 PM
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angelgirl105,

Rentals are not expensive, at least they were not in the Dordogne--I recall a price of 20€ per week. Consider going to a medical supply store as soon as you arrive and rent a wheelchair for Paris. Do the same for Rome.
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Old Apr 8th, 2013, 01:07 PM
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The chairs that are push-only are murder on cobblestones, semi-soft or uneven surfaces. Pusher has to do all the work. Try to rent a light-weight conventional model.
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Old Apr 8th, 2013, 01:54 PM
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I rented a lightweight conventional model (the smallest that would accommodate my 6'6" husband) from a medical equipment store at home for about $175 for a month, a model that sold for about $500. We did that rather than cancel a long-anticipated Yellowstone-Tetons trip when he fell and broke his hip 10 weeks before scheduled travel. He was able to go very short distances or up/down a couple of steps with crutches, though.

Pushing was tough for me in some places, rough asphalt, boardwalks, etc., but it was worth it to be able to make the trip at all. We breezed through airports with fantastic help from airline, airport, and TSA workers at every stop.

I recommend renting at home instead of waiting until you reach your destination; you'll be glad you have it in the airports.
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Old Apr 8th, 2013, 02:14 PM
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Good general information, but realize this thread is five years old, the OP is probably not following, and/or the brand of chair may no longer be relevant.
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Old Apr 8th, 2013, 02:17 PM
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True, Nuke, but the re-start today is from someone looking for advice.
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Old Apr 8th, 2013, 02:19 PM
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My reply was for angelgirl, who topped the old thread with a question about 2013 travel.
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Old Apr 9th, 2013, 09:08 AM
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I recommend renting at home instead of waiting until you reach your destination; you'll be glad you have it in the airports.

Airports provide wheelchairs for those who need them. However, the issue with a rental is what to do between the arrival at the airport and renting the chair.
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Old Apr 9th, 2013, 12:32 PM
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Rent chair in hometown, take it to airport and use it to get around there, at the gate hand it off to be stowed with strollers etc, at connecting airport wait for chair to be brought to gate and have an airport worker push it to next gate, hand it off again, repeat.
Of course one can take advantage of wheelchair services in airports (we have done that successfully too), but if I'm going to need it at the vacation destination, I'd rather have it for the whole trip than have to mess with arranging rental pick-up and drop-off in a strange city.
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Rather than rent or buy, check with your church, if you have one. I work at one church and worship at another and both have rooms full of donated medical stuff to be loaned to members.
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