By : Andrew Atkinson
After your children move away and you return to life without them, things can start to feel quiet. You’re suddenly left with long stretches of time, and without some of the responsibilities that might have kept you busy in recent decades.
It’s in these long stretches of time that you might sit down and begin to take stock, of how you’ve changes since you first became ‘Mum’ or ‘Dad’.
The parenting years are a whirlwind. They do take their toll physically and mentally, but once they’ve over they feel like they were almost a break from reality. Before and after your children, you’ll feel like the same person but will have aged quite significantly. In the space between, you were an on-the-go parent managing temper tantrums, school runs and graduation days. Until you stop, a mobility scooter probably isn’t even on your radar.
Are mobility scooters just for the disabled and the most elderly?
With all of your new free time, you might find a new lease of life. Suddenly you’re free, once again, to enjoy your own hobbies and interests. It’s a nice place to be, once you properly embrace it. But you might find that things that you used to do are no longer possible like they were – a long day of shopping might take its toll on your joints, and walks in the countryside could simply leave you aching and out of breath.
A mobility scooter isn’t something to put off until you consider yourself to be ‘elderly’. Instead of seeing it as an enemy, look at it as a friend and companion. If a mobility scooter would help you to enjoy more independence right now, or if it would reduce the amount of pain that you’re in, then what have you got to lose? You could even purchase a folding mobility scooter which packs neatly away for storage, so that it need not take up too much space in your home.
You’ve raised children. You might even be the one that gave birth to them, and whilst the years of raising them have seemed to race by, the fact is that decades will have passed and that you will be a different person.
As an empty nester, you deserve to enjoy all of those activities that you stopped finding time for when you were tending to grazed knees, chaperoning on school trips and offering a shoulder to cry on during the years of young romance. A mobility scooter shouldn’t be seen as an obstacle, but an aid.
When is the right time?
Most people choose their first mobility scooter when they realise that their natural mobility, or at least their lack of it, is beginning to affect their lifestyle. They might start planning trips around how far they can walk, or may begin to feel worried about the need to take a stroll to the shop. Alternatively, for some people, the trigger is a holiday away from home where getting around independently becomes particularly important – it’s in situations like these that people might consider a folding mobility scooter that can be packed into the car boot or taken onto a plane.
Remember that you don’t need to use a mobility scooter full time. In fact, it’s recommended that you keep up an active lifestyle as much as possible, to avoid any further deterioration. You can choose just to use your new mobility scooter on your longest days out, or when you expect to have things to carry and would benefit from the help of somewhere to sit and a handy shopping basket for your belongings.
Getting a mobility scooter isn’t a final decision that stops you from ever walking again. It’s just a decision to get something new that you can choose to use occasionally. If you don’t know that a mobility scooter is right for you, and if you’re worried that you’d be wasting your money on something that you might not use, then why not start by borrowing or hiring one instead? That way you can see if it will fit into your lifestyle, and if it will make things better for you, before you commit to the investment.