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Ramp for. Scooter

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Leelee51
Leelee51 Community member Posts: 76 Courageous
Hi I have been approved to have a ramp fitted so I can get out on my mobility scooter, this was back I may when they came out to assess and I’ve not heard anything since. Now the weather is changing I’m worried I won’t be able to go out on it even if they do come anytime soon. I’ve been stuck in the house for 4 years, apart from when my partner takes me to go see my mum who is in a nursing home. I have severe anxiety so was hoping it would have been done in the summer, give me the push to go out on my own, even if it was just up the road. I just feel now, it’s going to be at least another 6 months until the weather is ok for me to go out, and my mental health is not coping with this thought.

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  • Biblioklept
    Biblioklept Community member Posts: 4,948 Disability Gamechanger
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    I'm shocked they haven't given any sort of time frame!! Sorry @Leelee51 I don't have any helpful advice. I can't get out either so spend my time at home and I know how hard it can be on mental health <3
  • Alex_Alumni
    Alex_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,561 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hello @Leelee51 I'm sorry to hear you haven't had any updates on your ramp. Is this something you'd be able to chase up with your GP or OT if you have one? Is there someone who can help you do that, even just for moral support?

    Have you also talked to your GP about the impact this is all having on your mental health? It can be scary to feel isolated or trapped but you're not alone in this.

    If you ever feel like you need someone to listen you can always reach out to Samaritans on 116 123 or by emailing jo@samaritans.org. 

    You can also text "SHOUT" to 85258 for support anytime, 24/7. 

    Let us know if there's anything else we could do to help, and take care this weekend :)

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  • Leelee51
    Leelee51 Community member Posts: 76 Courageous
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    hi just an update on the ramp, it’s now mid Jan 2023 and it still hasn’t been fitted, my ot said she would look into it and that was 2 weeks ago now, I can feel my depression is coming back, I was ok for a long time but just feel there is no point in anything now, I’m not sleeping through the night because of my restless leg syndrome so find myself catnapping through the day, which then makes me not want to do anything anyway. Stuck in a hell of a rut.
  • Hannah_Alumni
    Hannah_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,912 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hello @Leelee51

    Please excuse if you have mentioned this in another thread, can I ask who has approved the ramp for you? I'm so sorry it's effecting your mental health so much, do you have support? 
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  • durhamjaide2001
    durhamjaide2001 Community Co-Production Group, Scope Member Posts: 11,193 Disability Gamechanger
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    Just a suggestion rather than getting a scooter rather than an electric wheelchair? I have had both I know a scooter is easier to find and can be the cheapest. However especially if you are young and travelling in the car then it would make it a lot easier. I'm not trying to change your mind or saying your old or scooters are old  just trying to get you to look at it in a different prospective.
  • Leelee51
    Leelee51 Community member Posts: 76 Courageous
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    Hi Thankyou for the reply, I started off with a wheelchair and couldn’t get used to it, hence me getting a scooter instead, I find them a lot more easier. 
  • durhamjaide2001
    durhamjaide2001 Community Co-Production Group, Scope Member Posts: 11,193 Disability Gamechanger
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    Leelee51 said:
    Hi Thankyou for the reply, I started off with a wheelchair and couldn’t get used to it, hence me getting a scooter instead, I find them a lot more easier. 
    oh right if that's what you find is easier for you then absolutely go for it. 
  • Leelee51
    Leelee51 Community member Posts: 76 Courageous
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    Hannah it was my OT who suggested it and to get in touch with my local council, like I’ve said, they have had 3 people come out to measure it up but not heard anything since
  • Hannah_Alumni
    Hannah_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,912 Disability Gamechanger
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    Maybe contact your Local MP? They may know someone direct to speak to seeing as you've been chasing up? They may want to know how badly this has been handled too.
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  • Leelee51
    Leelee51 Community member Posts: 76 Courageous
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    Never thought of that, thankyou will give it a try 
  • L_Volunteer
    L_Volunteer Community Volunteer Adviser, Scope Member Posts: 7,982 Disability Gamechanger
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    Have you been able to try this yet @Leelee51 and, if so, how has this gone for you? Please don't hesitate to let us know if there's anything else we can do to support you  :)
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  • Leelee51
    Leelee51 Community member Posts: 76 Courageous
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    Hi. Haven’t yet no, will let you know when I do 😊
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