Loving My Walker (And My Friendly AT Advocate!)

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Disabled Resources Center (DRC) in Long Beach, California assisted a gentleman named Noah in obtaining a Pocketalker for his hearing needs. He wrote a lovely letter thanking them for their services, which was showcased in the 2019 Thanksgiving edition of the Where It’s AT Blog titled Thankful For my Pockettalker (And My Friendly AT Advocate).

Recently, Noah’s wife, Carmen, worked with DRC to borrow a walker. Carmen is unable to walk for long distances without sitting down, due to her Rheumatoid Arthritis. Borrowing a walker from DRC’s Device Lending and Demonstration Center was a great tool for Carmen to utilize to determine what AT best suited her needs.

Carmen and Samantha worked together to customize her walker, from figuring out food trays to basket accessories. As a result of their hard work, Carmen was able to maintain her mobility and gain relief from painful symptoms. We were fortunate enough for Carmen to have written DRC a wonderful letter to express her gratitude, just as her husband did once before!

Noah and Carmen are both 93 and have been happily married for 70 years, so it only made sense to do a follow up on the adventures of this lovely couple for our Valentine’s Day blog.

Photo of older woman smiling while standing with her walker. Text: Thankful for my Pocketalker and friendly AT Advocate! with the Where It's AT Blog Logo in the bottom left corner.

Dear Samantha,

I cannot begin to tell you how blessed you have made me feel. I prayed nightly for answers to my dilemma. All I wanted was to be able to move about the house confidently without fear. After years of trying several different canes, none gave me enough support that made me feel secure. I am so happy that my son was able to connect me with you. Even now as my eyes well up with tears of joy. I love my walker!! My son did not have the patience with me…and you are an absolute angel.

You have given me back my mobility and strength to carry on.

Thank you for finding the right walker for me. It is the right height and has pockets and a tray for carrying my food. I will not spill or drop things. People do not understand how painful R.A. (Rheumatoid Arthritis) is at my age (93). You have given me back my mobility and strength to carry on. Bless you. Your patience and compassionate manner gives me hope for the future for you young folks. Thank you and bless you and your family. You are in my nightly prayers. I pray my son can find a patient woman like you, if you are single maybe he can call you. I will pray on it.

Sincerely yours,

A woman sitting in a chair with a walker placed in front of her. Her dog sits at her side.

Samantha Mam is the Assistive Technology Specialist/Webmaster at Disabled Resources Center in Long Beach, California. Click here to find an Ability Tools Device Lending and Demonstration Center near you!

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