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.