Amazing Mobility Device

Last evening, I walked out of work into the parking lot.  I saw out of the corner of my eye a somewhat short and “fluffy” woman (maybe in her 60’s, possibly her 70’s) maneuvering her motorized scooter behind her minivan.  I walked up to her and asked her if I could be helpful.  She said, “No, I’ve got it.”  I watched in amazement as she adeptly parked the scooter, opened the hatch on her minivan, and maneuvered a hydraulic lift around to attach a strap to her scooter.  Then she reached up, flipped a switch and the scooter was slowly raised up to the level of the back of her minivan.  She maneuvered the “hanging” scooter and slid it into her trunk. Just like that!  She then told me “I don’t know where I would be without it.  I can go everywhere.”  I, of course, was in awe and said that I felt bad because I couldn’t really help her.  To which she replied with a twinkle in her eye….”Well, if you enjoyed the show, then I’ll let you close the hatch”!  She had a lovely smile and it made my evening to see an older adult using technology to maintain her independence.  Yet another moment of grace for this RN.