HOW DO YOU GET AROUND AFTER STROKE?
AFTER STROKE DISABLED VANS...
STROKE . . . AFTER STROKE MOBILITY . . .
You are lucky to drive after a stroke, walk on your own and
maybe have no need for a wheelchair or cane. After stroke . . .
mobility may not be that easy. There are stroke victims that
are not so lucky. Some are unable to walk . . . unable to drive.
Some may need a wheelchair . . . cane . . . disabled transportation?
Disabled vans are a good solution to transportation. There are
many "used" disabled vans available . . . with room for a wheelchair.
What a way to lose your independence. How frustrating it must
be . . . not being able to go where you want, when you want and
having to depend on others all the time.
Check with your local Department of Social Services. There may be
a transportation program with disabled vans and/or buses. Sometimes
there may even be a car available, if it's easier for you to get into. These
programs can help you get to doctor appointments, the grocery store,
pharmacy, and other places. If there is no program locally for you, they
can probably guide you in the right direction.
The senior center is another source to check out. Sometimes they have
volunteers that take others around, where and when needed. The senior
center also has other programs that you can get socially involved in,
which wll include transportation such as day trips, evening activities, and
Don't forget about churches. Some of them offer transportation . . . not
only to church . . . but other places you need to go. Call them and
find out what they have to offer. Many churches have volunteers to
help other church members. Some may even have volunteers that
will help you around your home. You won't know what is offered,
unless you ask. Even, if you are not a member and need help, don't
hesitate to call a church .
If you use a wheelchair, many stores today have power chairs to use
for your shopping. You can get them at the door. Not all stores have
them, but I see them available more and more. People zooming up and
down the isles. It's a great thing the stores are offering! It means you
don't have to bring your chair. You can leave it home. I've seen the
mobile chairs in Walmarts, Lowes, Food Lion, Harris Teeter and a number
of other places. If you know where you are going, call them! Find out if
they offer the service. Even, if you are not in a wheelchair, but use a
cane for stability . . . don't be shy . . . use the service. It'll be easier on you
and you'll feel more confident going about your business.
There are many disabled vans available, so you can go along on family
outings. You can have lifts put into vans, if you are unable to climb into
the vehicle. You can have grab bars installed. You can even have a disabled
vehicle built specifically for yourself to drive. You need to check with your
state's Department of Motor Vehicle in regards to the laws pertaining to the
disabled driver, if they allow disabled drivers, and what you would need to do.
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