I totally agree, getting the right one that I need will be of most importance, no point being uncomfortable and in pain because it doesn't have a leg rest on it!!
Usually when faced with something that was not in the plans I tend to have a a bit of tunnel vision and I wanted to minimise the effect it had financially on us. But you are right, this is one time I can't be a scrooge. I will be sensible. I am also going to be considering selling my SUV that I have heaps of trouble getting into and getting a second-hand mobility car if the OT's consider me somehow able to drive but I wont know that until an assessment is done. Even the assessments cost approximately $1000-$1500 just for that, let alone more lessons and licences and car adaptations etc. But once again, it's important because more than anything I miss my independence.
We do have a thing called the National Disability Insurance Scheme for all disabled people living here which I have applied for. It's run by the govt and is great for the people who are approved however its so hard to get and I've even read that people in wheelchairs with MS/spine problems etc and others that are totally bedridden have been refused it. Plus it takes about 8 months to get a plan fully up and running which is crazy when you need a wheelchair immediately. Just as a personal gripe, I also took notice that the fees paid for professionals like OT, Physio's, Physiologists, Psychologists, Management Teams, and Planners etc etc are all paid double when it comes to being in the scheme because the govt pays for it. No wonder it's hard to get into when the money is being soaked up like that.
I asked and they had only 1 child one to offer but it didn't have anywhere to add a leg attachment. I did see one on their books that I liked the look of one with an electronic leg rest but it seems as a trade off its a much heavier and more expensive chair and Ive been after one that is lightweight and portable.
Oh well, I'm sure it will all sort itself out, just a matter of sifting through it and looking forward to the good things that can happen in the future - after-all a new car is fun, right?