I am pleased to welcome Paul Stiner from All Mobility Scooters as a guest blogger to ‘The Purple Jacket’
Stress is natural during this time of year, especially when in a wheelchair or mobility scooter; however, we at AllMobilityScooters.com want to ensure that you have a safe and relaxing Holiday season this year. Here are some tips on how to get through the winter with your mobility aid:
- When venturing outdoors: It’s always best to wear multiple layers of clothing. It would also be wise to carry a cell phone in case of emergencies, even if it’s a cheap pay-as-you-go phone. If there is snow or ice on the ground, one tip we’ve found useful is to create “snow tires” on your scooter or wheelchair by securing cable ties around the tires (a caregiver may have to assist with this process).
- When travelling out-of-town by plane: It’s important to call your airline before booking your flight. You want to make sure the plane can accommodate you comfortably with wider aisles and other helpful features. As a rule of thumb, arrive at the airport at least 2 hours before domestic flights or 4 hours before when flying internationally. Airline staff is generally pretty helpful when it comes to getting you on and off the plane safely and comfortably so never feel afraid to ask! For a full list of travel tips— check out this article on our AMS main page.
- When planning to attend holiday parties/family get-together: Don’t feel afraid to make sure the host has the proper accommodations for your mobility device, especially if you’ve received your mobility aid recently. Of course when it comes to alcohol, drink responsibly, especially in unfamiliar territory. Also make sure your special holiday drinks won’t interfere with any medications you might be on.
We hope you find this post helpful. Feel free to leave any feedback or questions in the comment section below, and we’ll do our best to respond promptly. Stay safe, stay warm, and we wish you all an amazing holiday season!
Paul is one of the staff writers for AllMobilityScooters.com, a one stop source for all of your mobility aid needs. He enjoys traveling and international affairs but is also deeply passionate about issues related to health care and elder care. firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks Paul for your sound advice!
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