Movement Mastery - 5 Tips for Handling Mobility Equipment
Movement Mastery - 5 Tips for Handling Mobility Equipment

Whether you're temporarily immobilized due to an injury or chronic condition or your mobility is impaired by age, the equipment you utilize can sometimes become more of a hindrance than the handicap itself. Your electric scooter might be wider than the aisle. The main entrance might not have a ramp. More and more destinations are becoming increasingly accessible, but traveling isn't without its challenges.

Planning Ahead

Planning Ahead
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  • Know Before You Go: When you research your options before you travel, you'll be able to make appropriate arrangements in advance. Planning ahead will give you peace of mind to have what you need when you arrive, so you can focus on the reason you're there.
  • Have Back-up Plans and Leave Extra Time: No matter how much you prepare, plans can go awry. Have alternative options available. Scheduled departures don't typically wait, so build in extra time to allow for potential delays.
  • Don't Travel Alone: A traveling companion will not only make your time more enjoyable, but they can assist with arrangements. They can hold your personal items, ensure safety for you and any equipment, and sometimes just lend a helping hand.

Usage and Rentals

Usage and Rentals
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  • Rent Equipment On-Site: Sometimes, it's easier to leave your items at home and rent equipment at each of your travel stops. You can make reservations in advance or inquire when you arrive. Everything from electric scooters, lightweight wheelchairs, and collapsible canes are available.
  • Know Your Own Equipment: Make sure you get approval in advance to travel with your equipment, and note all the details of each item for security screenings. This could be dimensions, battery type, make and model, or weight. Put that paper with your travel documents and keep it easily accessible.
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