(For any readers who may not know, Mr. AOW had a devastating brain hemorrhage on September 15, 2009, and has been struggling to recover since that date, with me as his caregiver. Previous updates are HERE and HERE, the latter at my former site)
Although Mr. AOW can manage several steps with his quad cane and AFO brace, getting around remains the biggest issue interfering with his enjoyment of life. He cannot effectively use a walker because his left arm and left hand have not shown significant improvement and remain functionally useless.
We obtained this scooter for next to nothing when a former client's elderly father passed away unexpectedly. We are so grateful that my former client thought of us when he was disposing of this father's possessions.
Mr. AOW does need to learn some specialized driving skills for this scooter, however.
The first day out with the scooter, Mr. AOW attempted to take a shortcut through uneven ground in our back yard and overturned the scooter! He was uninjured; however, he had to lie on the cold, cold ground until my cousin-in-law could get here to help Mr. AOW to his feet and into my car for a safe journey back to the house.
Another problem with the scooter: The scooter doesn't offer much space for a footrest. Mr. AOW cannot rely on his left leg to stay put. As a result, he needs to make sure his left leg doesn't fall off the side of the scooter.
Over the next several weeks, as long as the cold weather hems us in, Mr. AOW will be practicing his driving skills inside the house with me as his monitor until he can safely operate the scooter on his own. It does have a sharp turning radius and, unlike a standard wheelchair, is narrow enough overall to proceed through all the doors in our home.
Assuming that all goes well, Mr. AOW and I will be taking frequent trips to museums in Washington, D.C., with MetroAccess as carrier. I can enjoy such outings much more if I don't have the laborious task of pushing that wheelchair!