Monday, July 5, 2010

Empowering With a Mobility Scooter

   

   This is the first of my blog posts for “People First: Empowering People with Disabilities”, a Blogger Unite event.
   My Twitter friend Lisa Emrich wrote a bit about this subject in her blog post called “Sense of Independence and Freedom” She tells about her friend Kay who had rented a scooter for a cruise. Lisa is so wise when she says a sense of independence is empowering.

      At this time, I do not use a mobility scooter, although I do want one. It is getting to difficult for me to walk or stand more than a couple of minutes. Yes, I have a wheelchair; I hate asking Bruce with his bad back to push me. You can read about this in an earlier story. When we are out, I see other elderly people zipping in and out, maneuvering around stores and the large casinos.
    Actually, we have been discussing mobility scooters for a couple of years. Here is the situation in my case, our house it not handicap friendly in any way with narrow halls and doorways, stairs to the lower living area, etc. However, the big drawback is how to transport a scooter. Bruce can’t see himself driving a van. We both wonder about how comfortable they are to ride in on long trips. We like our big comfortable Buick LeSabre.
   That has not kept me from researching power chairs and scooters, or from asking questions about them. I also have looked into the best vans for transporting scooters. What does it costs to outfit a new van? Would the cost be worth it?
   Many stores, businesses, casinos, and other places have mobility scooter for their customers, either free or a reasonable fee. Call me silly, but since I don’t know how to use one, I’m afraid I will run over people, take out a shelf of canned goods, or something. Yes, I have many questions and challenges. But this one thing I know for sure...

Getting around can be empowering.
 

6 comments:

  1. Vans come in everything from simple and utilitarian to deeply plush and very comfortable for long journeys. The cost to outfit a van for transporting a scooter is considerable (installing a lift, tie-downs for the scooter, etc), but if you like to travel, do so frequently, have the money and feel you'd use your scooter a lot, then the expense is going to be worthwhile.

    In the meantime, how about practicing on the courtesy scooters at the casinos, malls and stores? They're really very simple to operate, and I bet once you've ridden around on one a few times, you'll no longer feel nervous about it. And it will be so nice for you to be able to zip around rather than hobble around, right? Practicing with courtesy scooters will also let you try out several different types, which will give you some experience when (and if) you decide to purchase one yourself.

    Best of luck with this, Miss Dazey. Empower yourself! ;)
    -Wren

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  2. The first commenter said much better what I was going to try to say. My ex husband's wife has MD and has been confined to one of those for years. She can't stand at all. Their van cost much much much money but apparently it's worth it to them.

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  3. Hi Wren and Carole,
    Thanks for stopping by. Over the years I've know several different people who use either wheelchairs or scooters all the time. I have tried out a couple, but like the smaller scooters better. Traveling is very important to us, we want to do as many trips as possible while we are still "young"

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  4. I have MS and my job was up steep hills of Seattle, 5.5MPH---LOL, never had an accident, just start slow and you'll be ready for NASCAR in no time! I rented first, for about 3 weeks. You can buy a lift too that sits on back of vehicle like a bike rack. Good luck and many adventures ahead!

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  5. I'm so sorry to hear about your health difficulties, MissDazey. It really makes me believe that "youth is wasted on the young." Those strong healthy young things don't realize how lucky they are!

    My husband's name is Bruce :-)

    I just wanted to stop by and say hi, and tell you how much I enjoy your Tweets.

    You're in my thoughts and prayers as you consider a mobility scooter....good luck!

    Laurie (QuipsAndTips!)

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  6. MissDazey, an alternative to a van is a scooter tote that attaches to the backs of SOME cars. Definitely a cheaper option!

    Don't let your decreasing bi-ped ability slow you down!

    Get a scooter, then when we meet, I'll race ya!

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