Diagnosed with arthritis in her hip, Doris’ days of visiting friends and tending to her beloved garden felt like it had come to an end.
Once fiercely independent, she started to struggle with the simple daily tasks such as vacuuming and getting out for a walk. Sometimes she would even spend weeks at home without seeing anyone.
“I couldn’t get out and do what I wanted to do. The things I used to do I couldn’t do anymore.”
But that all changed with she met Sandra Stiles from Nga Kete Matauranga Pounamu Charitable Trust.
Sandra obtained a mobility scooter for Doris through funding from the Lottery Grant and arranged physiotherapy appointments in her own home. One of Nga Kete’s nurses even started visiting her at home so she didn’t have to make the trip in to town.
Before the mobility scooter, Doris used a crutch to get around but she would often fall and felt unsafe and unbalanced. That was until she obtained a walking frame and while she was able to walk around with it, she could never go too far – even getting out of a car was a struggle.
About a month ago Doris was presented with her very own purple mobility scooter, which Sandra played an instrumental part in acquiring, and while she’s still coming to terms with the mechanics of it, it has been a life-saver.
“The scooter has changed my life.”
“I can get out and go to the supermarket. I can go into town if I want and I go can visiting. I don’t have to rely on anyone to take me anywhere. I can just do it now.”
“It has given me my independence back.”