So I’m sure many of you lovely readers love shopping. I know I absolutely do, whether it is online or in one of my favorite high street stores. There’s nothing better than hitting the shops, having a bit of a spending spree, getting a bite to eat and generally just having fun with family or friends. Of course, shopping can get a bit stressful at times, like what colour to go for in that great top, or having to shop the crazy sale rail with items coming at you from all angles so you can pick up a great bargain. But shopping can get really stressful for some people, especially those with mobility issues. It isn’t just a case of going to the shops on a whim when getting around isn’t all that easy.
I think back to when my lovely Nan was still with us. She was desperate to get out of the house, and would have loved to have hit the shops with me and my momma, having a great girly time. But because she had serious mobility issues in her later life, she was put off from doing so. I think the thought of the process was enough to stress her out, so unfortunately it was something we never really got to do with her. It got me thinking, that I’m sure lots of other families are in a similar position. Whether it is yourself, parents, grandparents or just people you know generally with mobility issues, going shopping can be a super stressful time.
This is why I wanted to come up with 5 tips for stress free shopping when mobility is an issue, in a bid to help anyone else in a similar situation.
My 5 Top Tips
1. Find the mobility scooter that is right for you
If you haven’t already, it is important to source a great mobility scooter that will help to get you, your family member or friend around. However, there’s much more to a mobility scooter than four wheels and a battery. As with buying any vehicle, it’s important to make sure that your choice is best suited to your individual needs. I recently came across Fenetic Wellbeing who are currently running a #stressfreeshopping campaign*. They are a company who work hard to make sure there’s a mobility scooter for everyone. From mini portable boot scooters to mid-range mobility scooters and fully road legal models. They also offer a 12 month warranty and free delivery which adds an extra piece of mind when purchasing a mobility scooter or one of their other products.
Shopping for scooters can be a bit of a tricky challenge, so Fenetic Wellbeing have staff who will happily talk through the best options available. They can do this over the phone so there isn’t even a need to leave the house! Fenetic Wellbeing simply want their customers to be able to enjoy a stress free shopping day out, with the aid of their mobility scooters.
2. Decide where to go shopping
So once the scooter is sorted, the next step is to decide where to go shopping. Might you want to visit your local shopping centre, or how about an outdoor shopping village? Or perhaps you might want to go somewhere further afield? Has it got a good range of shops that you want to visit? The destination could make or break your shopping trip so it is definitely worth thinking about. It is good to decide where to go at least a little in advance as you don’t want to be stressing about this at the last moment, just before leaving the house.
3. Decide where in the shopping centre or village you might want to visit
Of course this doesn’t need to be set in stone, but it is a good idea to think in advance about which shops/cafes/restaurants you may want to visit during your trip. Although they all should be, are they all completely accessible for those struggling with mobility? You don’t want to have issues with this once you arrive, so it is a good idea to find out beforehand. If in doubt, call the shop/cafe/restaurant in advance to make sure.
4. Decide on transport
Another thing to think about is transport. Will you or someone else be driving? Or perhaps you might be going on the bus or train. Or even walking could be an option? How easily will it be to take your scooter with you? If you are travelling in a car, a portable mobility scooter is probably your best option as they are designed for everyday use and can be stored in the boot of a car. Mid range mobility scooters on the other hand are available for regular journeys where public transport may be limited. The form of transport you regularly use (or hope to use more frequently in the future with the scooter) could really affect the choice of scooter you decide on. If you don’t want a stressful shopping trip, it is good to decide on transport as soon as you know where you are going shopping. That will help you to know when you want to set off on your journey, especially if you are using public transport.
5. Think about the day of the week and time of day you will visit
It is important to decide what day of the week and time of day you might want to visit. Will going shopping be stressful if you go at a busy time period when the world and their wife has had the same idea? If you think this might be the case, then why not set off a bit earlier in the morning when the shops will be a little quieter and it will be easier to get around. The same might be for the choice of day you go. Weekends are likely to be busier than week days so this is definitely something you might want to consider.
So these would be my 5 tips for stress free shopping when mobility is an issue. Is there any you would add? Let me know in the comments!
Until next time…
* This post is written in collaboration with Fenetic Wellbeing and their #stressfreeshopping campaign. However, all opinions are my own, and I would never share a brand and campaign I didn’t feel passionately about myself. The images featured in this post are taken from www.feneticwellbeing.com