Owning a scooter has been a lifeline for Brian Parke, enabling him to meet friends and enjoy getting out and about in his community.
Twenty years ago, the 78-year-old Akaroa local suffered a stroke which subsequently reduced his mobility. Following rehabilitation, the introduction of his first scooter from More Mobility helped give him back his valued independence.
Now onto his third model – a battery-charged Invacare – he regularly heads downtown to meet friends for coffee and loves a trip down to the wharf.
Wife Melva has witnessed first-hand how the independence has helped Brian on many different levels. “It’s very convenient for him to get on his scooter and go,” she says. “He might go away for half an hour, I can go away and play bowls, and he comes back when he’s ready.”
The couple are also the happy owners of two “wonderful” electric liftchairs that rise with ease when you’re ready to get up from your seat. Melva can’t praise the service they’ve received over the years by More Mobility highly enough. “They’ve been excellent. When he buys a new scooter, they deliver it. They have absolutely wonderful staff, and are always available if you need help and advice.”
More Mobility was established in 2007 to provide mobility solutions and living aids for older people, those living with disabilities, or who are rehabilitating from illness or injury. With an extensive range of equipment on display, they also service and repair all products.
The showroom, located at 113 Blenheim Rd, is open from 8:30am to 5:30pm weekdays, and 9am to 2pm on Saturdays.