I've been writing on here about my adventures in getting mobilized due to a bilateral shoulder injury. One of the issues I've run into is that I cannot push a manual chair when I go out and the power equpment just won't fit in my compact car, which I usually use with a manual wheelchair.
I recently got a travel scooter I can take with me . Although they are made to be taken apart, due to my poor dexterity that won't work well for me.
Since I have a Saturn Ion which has doors that open up like a cockpit, I wanted a way to get the scooter in my back seat, instead of using a lift in my trunk.
I looked at scooter ramps but then a friend of mine suggested I get a dog/pet ramp. Since I won't be riding up on the scooter, this is a feasible idea. I discovered that they would hold the weight of the scooter and many sizes were available and the best part is that they cost much less than a medical ramp.
The scooter I bought has a seat that comes off and it can go into freewheel so I'm hoping to break it down a bit and then back it into the car on the ramp.(Also I want to point out that I had to work with my OT to develop a safe technique to get the seat off without causing injury so please check with your health care provider before you attempt any of this yourself. Everyone's injury is different and I strap myself in.)
If so, I can use my car for more than drive throughs! Wish me luck....
[visual description: A woman is shown sitting in a Saturn Ion with both doors open revealing the passenger compartment. She is pulling her disassembled wheelchair into the car. Her tires are already on the back seat.]
[visual description: A photo shows a portable dog ramp going down the side of a van. A dog is seated at the top of it.]