Sheila’s new wheels

Earlier this year, Envigor Maroochydore client Sheila shared how Envigor services and her dog Missie YoKo helped her overcome loneliness after appearing on SBS’s Insight program.

Here she shares an update on the latest addition to her life that’s helping her live life Envigorated:

I am a Level 4 client of Envigor, and they recently assisted me to purchase a Power Chair.

After two days of trial and error, I now have full control of the chair, I use it at home, it can turn on its own space and is easy to manoeuvre.

This power chair is also suitable for outdoors. Recently I went on a bus – most buses on the Sunshine Coast have power chair accessibility – and with this chair you can also travel on the train and TransLink ferries. A Seniors Card allows you to travel at 50% discount.

The other freedom with this chair is that it lifts you up, so you are face to face with people when having a conversation or going for a walk with someone.

It is very useful in the supermarket for getting things off high shelves or out of cupboards at home. This has had an enormous effect on my ability to be more independent which of course leaves one feeling a lot happier.

Having this freedom, along with the relationship I enjoy with my carer has made a real difference. She always has a positive outlook, cheerful and caring with no fuss which is exactly how I like it. We laugh together and she takes a genuine interest in my life.

As well as receiving personal care and domestic care, I enjoy social support like going out shopping or doing fun things.

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