I spent the past year on maternity leave, living in the suburbs without access to a vehicle. When I needed to get out to the grocery store, the mall, a personal appointment or even the local Early Years Centre, my options were to take public transit with a stroller, call on my father-in-law or pre-plan days ahead to get the car from my husband.
Needless to say, I simply didn’t get out very often. Seeing my independence diminish ever so slightly and having to rely on others was simply not my style.
Losing your Independence
As a former Case Manager working with seniors in the community, I’ve witnessed first hand how difficult the transition can be when older adults begin to lose their independence and must start to rely more on others. Some cope better than others but it is never easy.
A Mobility Scooter Can Help
Having matched many clients with their first scooter, I often hear comparisons such as “it’s like getting my car back” or “it’s like getting a new pair of legs!”
It is the first step to getting up in the morning and being able to decide for yourself what to do (if anything) and where to go that day (if anywhere) – the point here is having the choice.
For the pragmatic folks, yes it means being able to go to the store to get milk and bread, meet up with friends at the coffee shop or simply go to the bank.
But it’s more than that.
It’s about getting some sense of control over your life at a time when so many changes are happening that is beyond your control. It’s about autonomy – making decisions about everyday life, something you’ve been doing for decades. It’s about interacting and being a part of the community again.
All this translates into a healthier, happier you. A more positive outlook on life. A better quality of life. The true definition of well-being.