Case study: Retired wheelchair shot putter regains zest for life thanks to assistance dog and ‘super’ powerchair

Case study: Retired wheelchair shot putter regains zest for life thanks to assistance dog and ‘super’ powerchair

Simon demonstrated sporting expertise at an early age, especially in golf, and developed to professional status throughout his late teens. Nevertheless, when he was active, Simon commonly experienced ankle breaks, which eventually caused him using callipers so he might walk. Simons difficulties advanced in his twenties as he developed spinal issues, which eventually resulted in full time usage of an active manual wheelchair.

Retired Group GB Sportsman and Wheelchair Item Expert Simon Cook, 59 from Bicester, has discovered a brand-new level of independence through the support of Axel the pet dog and Oxfordshire assistive equipment provider Recare.

Simon has accomplished terrific success in field para-athletics including holding the British record for F7 shot put. He has actually won several gold and silver medals at the sport along with sporting hero prizes throughout the late 1990s.

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Simon was supplied with a powerchair through NHS Wheelchair Services, nevertheless he felt it was wrong for him. Prior to taking early retirement, Simon had actually worked as an expert item assessor for numerous reputable wheelchair makers worldwide.

” Not only do I feel stable when out and can slide around inside, the ability to stand in the chair is huge for me. Its like extending on a bed which is very important for organs and muscles. It makes me feel a lot better. Putting myself into the reclining unwind mode, which I can activate by simply touching one button, assists me distribute my weight which is crucial as I sit all the time. By reclining back in a tilt-in-space position, I can minimize pressure and the danger of establishing sores, which every wheelchair user understands is an absolute must.”

Simon describes: “Before I had my powered wheelchair from Recare, it was impossible for me to get comfortable and get my legs in the correct position. Simon was presented to Axel and fell in love with him right from day one. Axel now assists together with Simons powerchair by choosing and bring up products, helping with the cleaning, opening doors and turning on the TV and lights. Bluetooth technology built into Simons powerchair controller is also important for turning electrical devices on and off in the house.

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Simon explains: “Before I had my powered wheelchair from Recare, it was difficult for me to get comfortable and get my legs in the right position. My new Permobil powerchair has raising and articulated footrests so I can stretch my legs into various positions which feels so excellent. I am sat properly, I feel upright, and my hips are in plain.

Axel was trained by the Banbury-based Dogs for Good. This charity develops life-altering distinctions for people dealing with a large range of disabilities and conditions through the help of a specially trained canine.


” The big plus though is my powerchairs seat increase and sit-to-stand. Anything low down Axel gets for me, so the mix of him and my powerchair means absolutely nothing is out of reach.”

Simon is so happy with Axel; he has actually offered him real purpose in life again, and the comfort of his advanced wheelchair enhances this positivity. The 8mph Permobil F5 Corpus is a popular, high-tech electric wheelchair that integrates modern styling with sophisticated functionality.

Simon was identified with a progressive neurological condition, which suggests, today, he requires a powered wheelchair to remain mobile. As his movement continues to deteriorate, support from a PA and carers is necessary, however having the ability to own a help pet and a Recare powerchair has offered independence back to Simon.

Simons difficulties advanced in his twenties as he established spine problems, which eventually led to complete time use of an active manual wheelchair.

With his vast market knowledge, Simon values the chairs quality, as he continues: “You can just tell by looking at the mechanisms and parts on my Permobil that it is developed so well. Whereas my F5 is so robust, and the suspension is great, so smooth when I take Axel for a walk.

In conclusion, he says: “Life is a lot easier now for me, I am absolutely in a much better location and really lucky. Dogs for Good and Recare have actually both been just incredible. When it came to my powerchair I knew it would be hard to evaluate somebody like me who has been in the industry for such a very long time … over twenty years. However even with all my understanding I didnt need to question anything. Ray was great who came to see me, and I was fortunate adequate to understand Tina and Richard (the co-founders) before they set up Recare. Recares exceptional service shone through, and I d recommend them to anybody.”

” Recare as a business have been excellent,” he enthuses. It truly didnt feel like they were attempting to offer me a wheelchair, it was literally simply explaining about the item. When I trialled the chair and we were doing the prescription kind it felt like they were not attempting to offer extra parts, they just suggested what I required.

Recare sent out Senior Assessor Ray Wright to evaluate Simons requirements and a bespoke Permobil F5 Corpus powered wheelchair was advised and supplied. With the additional support from Axel coming at the exact same time, this mix of aid changed Simons life forever.

Working carefully with physical therapists in seating clinics, Simon had ended up being extremely proficient in prescribing the right devices for adults and kids with specials needs. His 20 years of service in the movement market suggested he got to understand the founders of Recare, Tina and Richard Holland-Oakes, so when he ended up being disappointed with his scenario, he called them for help.

Now Simon is able to enjoy more from life with Axel by his side; they are inseparable. Added to the comfort his Recare powerchair brings, Simon can drive his wheelchair available car and plans to assist raise funds for Dogs for Good.

Simon is not only pleased with his Permobil powered wheelchair, but he is likewise extremely complimentary about the service he has received from Recare.

Simon was introduced to Axel and fell for him right from the first day. Axel now helps along with Simons powerchair by fetching and selecting up products, assisting with the washing, turning and opening doors on the TV and lights. Bluetooth technology developed into Simons powerchair controller is likewise invaluable for turning electrical devices on and off in your house. With this combined support, Simon has the ability to live alone and enjoy life on an appealing, recently developed estate near Bicester shopping town.