In Struggles, Part One, I recounted how I had broken my ankle and was faced with the problem of navigating the stairs in my house and generally getting around without too much difficulty. Working with my crutches took a little practice, but after a few days, I got the hang of it. In actuality, the method is fairly simple: when going up the stairs, the trick was to move my good foot up one step at a time first, and then the crutches followed; when going down, the reverse was true – crutches first, then the healthy foot followed. Got it? Good.
But now I had to figure out how I was going to shower without getting my cast wet and without slipping. The first dilemma was solved with a plastic bag and a little duct tape. In terms of safely showering, I had two options. The first was using a “Shower Buddy.” The shower buddy is a system that allows its user to transfer from the toilet to the tub or shower without having to stand up at all. Since I really didn’t need that much support, because I was still able to stand, albeit on one foot, I decided that grab bars installed near the toilet and in the tub would be sufficient, as long as I also had a shower chair on which to sit.
So, I learned how to go up and down stairs and to keep myself neat and clean. But I was getting pretty antsy to move around outside, as well, and the truth is, I still hated my crutches. They’re tiring to use and after awhile, they made my armpits pretty sore. Luckily, at Pacific Mobility, we have an extensive supply of Knee Walkers and Knee Scooters. The one I used allowed me to get around soooo much easier.
Around Christmas time, I finally moved up to the Cadillac of mobility when my wife brought home a 4 wheel scooter from the store. At last I was able to do what I love doing most with my grand-kids: checking out all the Christmas lights around the neighborhood. It’s what I’ve been telling my customers for years – you don’t have to stay immobile anymore due to illness or injury. Whatever may be holding you back from doing the things you love, at Pacific Mobility, we have solutions to your problem. I know, because I’ve discovered them, myself.
President, Husband, Father, Grandfather Graduate of UC Davis- Bio Sci Major- Go Aggies! Jeff has extensive experience in all of Pacific Mobility’s products and services, and specializes in accessibility products as well as stairlifts, ceiling lifts and custom wheel chairs. His hobbies include spending time with family, gardening, mountain biking, exercising and off road motorcycle riding.
24 years as Owner/President of Pacific Mobility Center – selling, installing, and servicing stairlifts, porch lifts, ceiling lifts, pool lifts, handicap ramping, specialty wheelchairs, scooters, power wheel chairs, and other power mobility devices
Certified Environmental Access Consultant since 2008
Licensed General Contractor since 1998
Certified Aging in Place Specialist since 2016
Board Member for Home Access Professionals
Member of Association of Members of the Accessibility Equipment Industry (AEMA)