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March 28th, 2017

Most people love to get out and about, our clients included. But for some elderly people, or those with mobility difficulties, rambling through the countryside may be too much to manage.

Arthur and Daxi

Arthur and Daxi

One of our clients who hasn’t been put off by his lack of mobility is Arthur, who has multiple sclerosis and who is supported by our Cirencester team.

Arthur has an off-road buggy – a Tramper – which enables him to enjoy the countryside even though he is no longer able to walk. Our support workers hoist Arthur from his wheelchair to his Tramper, then off we go, along with Daxi (Arthur’s assistance dog from Canine Partners).

The Tramper can negotiate all sorts of terrain, including mud, snow and sand. Arthur’s was given to him by his late father. But the good news is, they can be hired.

We’ve come across two organisations – The Disabled Ramblers and Countryside Mobility – whose aim is to get people with poor mobility out into the countryside.

Countryside Mobility South West is a not for profit mobility equipment hire scheme working to improve access to the countryside for people with limited mobility living in and visiting the South West region.

The Disabled Ramblers exists to help mobility-challenged people get back out into the countryside.  They ramble in all weathers and over a variety of terrain, and rambles are graded according to difficulty. About 30 rambles are run each year across England and Wales – mostly from March to October.

Getting out and about is great for health and wellbeing and combating feelings of isolation experienced by many people who are elderly or with poor mobility, so any organisations that help in this area have to be applauded.

This blog was written by Bianca Thomas, one of our support workers. If you have a relative who you think would benefit from DoCare’s services, or would like assistance yourself, please get in touch.  If you are interested in a rewarding career as a support worker, we would love to hear from you – please give us a call or you can apply online.