Posted June 5th, 2009, 10:22 AM
DH has fought me when he needed a cane, then another fight concerning a walker; now it is the scooter. What to do? It turned out I was right about the cane and about the walker. Know his life would be easier with the scooter. It takes all of his strength to walk a short distance. I am not strong enough to push him in a wheelchair for any amount of time.
Sorry, guys, but men are very vain and I think he feels to have a scooter small enough to be of service on a cruise ship he would look foolish being 225 lbs and 6 ft tall. Too big for something that small. He also worries about going to the dining room, what to do with the scooter and how does he get to the table without his walker? My answer is this; I am 5’2” tall and he could use me and a cane.
Now, do I just go ahead and order the scooter?
Here are thoughts on a couple of issues:
If your husband is going to use a scooter, you need a handicap-accessible cabin. Most scooters will not
fit through the door of a regular cabin (regardless of what the cruise line or scooter manufacturers might tell you!), and even if you did
somehow manage to get the scooter through the door, then you and your husband would be tripping over it or having to climb over it whenever it was in the cabin.
All regular-sized scooters and power wheelchairs can work quite well on a cruise ship. I rent a power wheelchair when I cruise, and did not have a problem getting anywhere on the ship.
As for the dining thing -- you arrange to have a table near the door, or where there's a direct path from the door to the table. You "drive" up to the table, transfer into a dining chair, and one of the staff will take your scooter and "park" it out of the way. Then when you're ready to leave, you ask them to get it for you. This is not a big deal; they do it for anyone who requests it, and seem to enjoy "playing" with the scooter as they move it to the side, somewhere.
If you're in a power chair, you simple move up to the table, and they'll remove one of the regular chairs. This is also not a big deal.
I'm a large person too -- the power chair worked very well for me on my last cruise.