I am Yaniv. It has been over a decade since I suffered from a rare disease called Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS). Because of this illness, my body has been paralyzed from the neck down. I imagined the difficulty of even touching my nose; I could not do it. Only my mind is active, and only the expression on my face carries the message of how difficult it is. I endured that condition in the hospital for a year and a half.
My motor skills were severely affected because of my condition. I missed many essential activities and was unable to attend important events. No matter how much I want to do and be part of them, I can do nothing but lie down and feel the pain it brings to me physically, emotionally, and mentally.
And rightly, that illness has also affected my way of thinking and even my perspective in life. Every day my rehabilitation takes ten hours. And I was filled with negativity. Every day that ends, I think of feeling better than yesterday.
While I was lying in the hospital, I promised myself that I would continue my studies, finish my degree and return to my job. This promise was the only one I held on to continue to believe and hope that my normal life would return to me. Eventually, with perseverance and dedication, I was released from the hospital. Imagine the feeling when I walked out that hospital door; that was just an incomparable feeling; all the negativity was gone from me. I am full of hope. I had a new life.
Yes, I missed a lot while I was in the hospital, but it didn’t all end there. When I got out of the hospital, I was leading my life more positively. I was able to do this with the help of my family and with the assistance of wheelchairs, mobility scooters, and canes.
In my use of mobility aids for over a decade, I have gone through many trials and errors. It also includes problems I encounter where one is unexpected. But when I get the use and consider it to be part of my body, the result is incomparable. The freedom and comfort made me feel like I was completely normal.
The particular mobility aid that allowed me to do almost everything was the mobility scooter. I can take this scooter anywhere, grocery stores, various countries, adventures, family trips, and even other places I want to go in the future. The mobility scooter does not limit me and fills my lack of mobility effectively.
As part of the condition I experienced, I had a great realization of those like me who are going through their mobility. Our reality is harsh to such people, let’s face it.
Many of these people lose hope, and others spend their lives in their bedrooms. But it shouldn’t be like that; our lack of mobility should not be a reason for us to stay in the corner. It’s not the end of the world for you and me. There is more to life than lack of mobility due to illness, accident, virus, inborn, etc.
So my mission is to encourage people who are lacking in their mobility and give them new hope. If I was able to get past it, I’m confident they could too.
Thus from this mission of mine, I decided to build a blog(www.mobilitytouch.com). This blog aims to make an informed and confident community loaded with the knowledge to solve their mobility problems. This blog is full of information regarding mobility scooters, their use, how to use them, benefits, and more. In this blog, I am helping and giving the community a more straightforward solution in choosing the right mobility scooter for them by listing the top mobility scooters by category to accommodate the different preferences of the people based on their current needs. You can also find discussions and stories about people who have also gone through conditions that have affected their mobility. Through their stories and how they arise from such difficulty, this blog’s message becomes more effective and transparent.
Let me share some of the contents in this blog:
How to choose the correct mobility scooter for you?
In this post, I talked about the factors that need to consider to ensure that the mobility scooter is right for you. As follows:
- Physical characteristics
- Scooter’s stability
It is also essential to know the different types of scooters:
- Small portable scooters
- Medium-sized scooters
- Large-sized scooters
And of course, if you are someone who prioritizes stability, go for 4-wheel scooters, but if you prefer to use indoor scooters, then go for scooters with a small turning radius like 3-wheel scooters.
When do you need a mobility scooter?
In this post, I share the reasons you can decide that you need a mobility scooter for your daily activities. You can consider using a mobility scooter if, in general, if you have difficulty moving the lower part of your body due to bone problems, accidents, or any other reason. However, we have to keep in mind that mobility scooter requires enough upper physical body strength than wheelchairs. I also talked about the benefits of owning a mobility scooter:
- It gives the user their independence
- Prevents severe injuries due to weak motor skills
- It can help the user heal faster
- Provides convenience
- Environmental friendly
How do you get a free mobility scooter?
Now, if you have a limited budget and want to get a mobility scooter for “free,” then in my blog, I provided ways to get one for the lowest amount possible and even, believe me, for free. Here’s how:
- Through medicare
- Through insurance company
- Disability assistance
Having a mobility scooter for free or for a small cost, we cannot deny the challenges associated with it. But ultimately, acquiring it is unquestionably worth it. Not for convenience but because you need it. The small cost is nothing compared to the substantial help that it can bring to your daily life.
How does a mobility scooter work?
Next to the question of “what,” the next question is how does a mobility scooter work?
The purpose of its use can be compared to a wheelchair but designed and works as a scooter with a motor for comfortable, more independent, and reliable travel. It is also often called electric scooters or power-operated scooters. Now, how does a mobility scooter work? Or how is a mobility scooter controlled? A straightforward question when you want to run it for the first time. Of course, knowing how it works or using it is also necessary for safe travel.
A mobility scooter works because the motor is powered by a battery, moving forward/reverse by using wig-wag, and uses electromagnetic brakes that kick in when you let go of the throttle. It consists of various parts, and when we say parts, we refer to its features: ignition, control box, brakes, battery, speed dial, and wig-wag. The ones I mentioned are the requirements for it to work. But it still has additional features that will be even more helpful for its safer and more comfortable use.
With this post, you can decide which type of scooter is suitable for you. There are many options, but remember, don’t forget to follow the road rules and prioritize your safety.
Mobility scooter tips for your safety
Here I shared the most important tips for using the mobility scooter safely. If you are new or have been using a mobility scooter for a long time, you must ensure your safety. Such a mobility device should not cause you harm but should focus on safety and help with your mobility issues.
- Choose the best scooter for you.
- Maintain proper maneuvering
- Be aware of your area and surroundings
- Make sure you are visible at all times
- Be prepared for any unexpected events
- Learn how to use your scooter properly
- Obey the rules
- Respect and be aware of pedestrians
- Regularly maintain and check your scooter
- Be prepared for difficult weather situations
- Maintain the proper weight of the scooter
- Assess yourself
A mobility scooter as a mobility aid helps people with disabilities and mobility issues become independent and connect with their loved ones, friends, and community. Thus, it should operate correctly, carefully, and safely. So as you can see, there are many things to keep in mind when using, to operate, and maintaining your scooter in good condition.
Mobility scooters impact on its users
Also, in this post, I discussed a more statistical topic regarding the impact of mobility scooters on its users? This post is about research regarding mobility scooters that shows knowledge gaps and where research should focus in the future.
This post will review the current knowledge regarding mobility scooters concerning their effects on users, particularly their perspective and physical health changes. In this case, physical health refers to the physical changes in the user’s mobility from when they used the scooter. For example, whether there has been a change in their ability to walk since they used that mobility scooter, particularly in the elderly — they are often the ones most likely to be weak. Other studies are not specific to age but to the user’s injury, capability, or disability.
Here are the things I laid out in this post:
- User perspective analysis
- Person and device compatibility.
- Guidance and training
- Wellbeing, independence, and satisfaction
- Impact of mobility scooter on physical health.
The mobility scooter is a blessing for people with less ability to access outdoor environments. It gives happiness to life and boosts the quality of life. With the freedom that users enjoy, they fully feel the independence to move wherever and whenever they want freely. Therefore, the mobility scooter is one source of happiness that is within easy reach.
Those are just some of the posts you can find from the MobilityTouch magazine section. There is plenty of information solely about mobility scooters in this blog, and I’m writing all these posts based on my experience and thorough research.
Be willing to share your blessings
Whether you or the people you love are suffering from having limited mobility, I feel you. We are in the same shoes. I’m not here to sympathize but show you compassion through my honest and genuine views and content from my blog. Every week I upload fresh contents that will benefit you, your family, and friends. Together we will solve every mobility challenge and enjoy our newfound freedom.
I once dreamt of a blog as a passion project, and I am more than happy that now it exists in reality. It is my dream, but the blog is for you. Whatever you learn through my blog, I sincerely encourage you to share it with the people close to you, especially to people who are already at the edge and almost giving up. Hope starts from sharing.