Case study - how equipment helped Malia


Malia has been using a self-propelling manual wheelchair for a few years and is independent with self-propelling indoors and short distances outdoors. Malia is however, dependent on other people to push her over longer distances.

The concern:

Malia has recently started school and really wants to be able to keep up with her new school friends. She doesn't want to rely on someone pushing her when they are outdoors playing.

The solution:

Malia's parents made a referral to her local wheelchair service for a review of her wheelchair. During this appointment it was agreed that a powered wheelchair would be trialled. This decision was based upon discussions the wheelchair therapist had with Malia's teachers, a medical information form completed by Malia's GP and many other important factors. The trial was successful, and with the assistance of some charitable funding, a powered wheelchair was purchased for Malia. When the wheelchair was ready, Malia attended wheelchair skills training to increase her confidence and competence in the new chair.

The outcome:

Since having the powered wheelchair and attending the skills training, Malia says that she feels much happier and has more fun with her friends than she used to when she had an adult pushing her. Her dad tells how she comes home brimming with stories of playtime with her school friends. Malia's teachers have noticed that her confidence has increased and that her concentration levels in the afternoon have improved. Malia says that this is because she is no longer as tired from pushing herself around all day which means she has more energy to concentrate on her lessons.