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Scooters offer extra independence

Published 5 August 2014

Residents at one of WDH’s Independent Living Schemes explored new horizons when they tried out a range of mobility scooters.

The four-wheeled, battery-operated scooters, some of which can travel up to 16 miles on a single charge, captured the imagination of people at Mellwood House ILS, South Elmsall.

Sarah Coulson and Mark Dorritt, of Go Mobility Ltd of Pontefract, demonstrated the scooters and a range of other mobility aids at an event organised by David Harrison, who attended with colleagues from the Health and Wellbeing Development Worker Team of South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS.

David said: “The aim of our team is to maintain independence among older people.

“If they are more mobile they will be more confident to take part in activities that we run ourselves, and others that we link into, so they aren’t socially isolated.”

He explained that some people are given scooters, sometimes by friends or relatives, and as a result have no safety training or knowledge of how to service their new transport, whereas they would get help and advice at the information session.

Copies of a brochure outlining the Highway Code in relation to mobility scooters were also available.

WDH Tenant Involvement Officer Jane Gwilliam said: “It’s about having a bit of confidence to see whether a mobility scooter could be right for you.

“We’ve had quite a lot of interest in the scooters today. It’s good that people could try them out in familiar surroundings and find out the facts about owning and using one.”

 

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