Martie, a wife, mother (to her children and dogs) and grandmother, enjoys being able to get out and about, do the shopping and keep in touch with her family.
When Martie became eligible for WA NDIS one of her goals was to maintain her independence.
“I was having difficulty getting around and was finding it harder to do activities like the shopping. This meant I was becoming increasingly reliant on other people to push me in my wheelchair, or I simply wasn’t going to places where I would have to walk far,” said Martie.
To address her mobility issues Martie began working with ILC Occupational Therapist Emma. Together they began the journey of assessments and trials of suitable scooters.
“When trialling assistive equipment it’s very important that the person using it, and their support people, trial it in all of the environments in which it may be used,” said Emma.
“With Martie, we began trialling scooters on the ILC Nedlands display floor and then moved onto trials in her home and local shopping centre.
“We decided the best option would be a scooter that could be loaded into the back of Martie’s car. The Quingo Flyte scooter has its own docking system and loaded itself into the car using power from the scooters battery to dock itself.
“Martie, her husband and her support worker were all able to load the scooter into the back of the car with very minimal effort, which is what we were aiming to achieve.
“In addition it was a taller scooter so when Martie sat in it she could easily access the shelves at the supermarket and be closer to people’s eye level.”
Following the trial and assessment, Emma submitted an application to have the scooter funded.
“A scooter is extremely important for Martie’s independence and quality of life. She is able to safely control the scooter within a shopping centre, navigate car parks and cross the road at pedestrian crossings – these are all important foundations in being a competent scooter user.
“I could not wipe the smile off my face when I found out that the funding had been approved and was able to call Martie to tell her.”
Today, Martie is able to access the community with greater ease and more independence. Importantly she is able to hold her husband’s hand on walks again.
“Growing up I never saw my mum and dad walking anywhere without holding hands. It was always so beautiful to me. My hubby and I used to be the same, until mobility aids rid us of that.
“What I love most about the Quingo Flyte is the fact that my husband and I can go on walks and I am actually able to hold his hand.
“The Quingo Flyte allows me to be on shoulder-level with him. We used to treat each shopping trip or errand as a date, rather than an errand (this is before his medical issues caused stress for him in shopping centres), but even now – just being able to look him in the eye, hold his hand whilst walking our beloved bulldog around our playpark, is incredible,” said Martie.
“I am forever grateful for having independence again. Being robbed of it at my age is a very difficult situation to get used to.
“I am extremely grateful to WA NDIS and ILC for the work they do and am fortunate to have Emma as my occupational therapist. She is kind, but truthful and strict about her advice and that is the best you can ask for.”