Due to a quite surprising array of neurological disorders, not to mention the increasing effects of advancing age, I have become considerably less mobile than I was in my younger days. Where I used to be able to effortlessly walk for many hours, I now move slowly at a tortoises pace, for no more than one hour, leaning on either a cane or a crutch – depending on how I happen to feel that day. Yet I won’t complain: there’s nothing I truly lack in my life, and reduced mobility doesn’t usually bother me.
However, for the somewhat longer journeys I presently use an electrical, which kind of makes me feel like a prince or even a king! Relaxedly sitting in a cusioned seat, pleasantly but never haughtly greeting the admiring passers-by, I zip along at either walking pace or double speed. When I feel social I “walk”, when I actually need to be somewhere at a certain time I rev up the little machine.
There are lots of people much worse off than me, when it comes to mobility. I can, albeit with difficulty, still walk – many others can’t. Especially for them the mobility scooter is a great support, enabling them to be mobile again. There are 3-wheel mobility scooters and 4-wheel mobility scooters, and if you happen to be considering buying such a contraption, I certainly recommend the 3-wheeled variety. These tend to be considerably more manoeuvrable on account of their smaller turning radius, which is a definite advantage in crowded or narrow areas. I also would advice you to go for batteries with a large capacity: it’s not only unpleasant but also extremely embarassing to find yourself out of juice when far away from home!
Apart from mobility scooters, there are many more contraptions and gadgets that make the life of the handicapped much more pleasant. Stairlifts, bed lifts, electrically powered wheelchairs, rollators… they all help to make life much more pleasant for the disabled.