Our son Nicholas is 12 years old and has been ready for a power wheelchair for over a year. Due to the unique healthcare system (or at least ours) in So. California, I have been fighting with our insurance company to get him one, unsuccessfully. We are now working directly with the state, with very limited coverage. They will not approve one with a stander and the way things work here, there is no supplier we can go to to try different ones out - everything is done through catalogs based on what coverage you have. (If we decide on one with a stander, we will have to pay for it ourselves, which is obviously a huge financial burden and perhaps not possible). The state will only pay for a basic wheelchair (maybe tilt, and recline...nothing more)...and they will not pay for a separate stander.
Is there anyone who was able to try a chair with and without the stander and compare the pro's and con's and what you based your decision on? And also if you are happy with your decision and what brand - I have heard lots of positive things about the Permobiles. Since Nicholas will be spending most of his life in this wheelchair, even if we have to make payments for the rest of our lives, we want to be sure that we provide him with what is going to make his quality of life the best it can be, now and in the future. Many thanks to anyone who can help me with this information.