Michelle lives in Newcastle with her husband and little Jack Russell Terrier. Following a minor operation in 2007, Michelle was left with nerve damage, causing constant pain and leaving her unable to walk more than a few steps.
“Before getting the grant that enabled me to join the Motability Scheme, my husband had to fold my wheelchair and lift it into the boot of our car. I found it impossible to do it myself and it was very difficult for him. I was dependent on my husband and could only go out with him. I felt like I was in prison in my own home and the only social life I had was when friends and family would occasionally visit me.”
Michelle received a grant towards the Advance Payment, and adaptations she needed, for her Wheelchair-Accessible-Vehicle (WAV).
“Having my Motability vehicle means I am able to be independent and drive myself to the local shops, my health appointments and the local church. I can also meet a friend for coffee even when my husband isn’t able to come with me. The adaptations to the vehicle mean I can load my wheelchair myself. I have even been able to attend a few short courses in my local area, which has really boosted my self-esteem. Thanks to Motability my husband and I can both have social lives.”
“We are both much happier now we have the car and are really looking forward to a holiday in a specially adapted cottage in Scotland. The car is large enough to take all the equipment I need to make my stay comfortable.”