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Power wheelchair / scooter rental: pros, cons?

Posted by @lofturthunk, Tue, Jan 23 4:56pm

(Me again!) With the pace of my appointments at Mayo and my fatigue level, I’m wondering if I should think about renting a powerchair or scooter in Rochester. I read someone’s blog post who that she’d found it very helpful, but I think she traveled there in spring or summer and I’ll be there in the winter, and I don’t know how wheels-friendly MN winter weather is. I have a scooter at home, but the process of disassembling it and reassembling it every time we need to get in a car has become too much for me and my mum, so I mostly use it on public transit and around the neighborhood. (Tbh since it doesn’t have a tilt function using it can be pretty tiring too.) I know Mayo has free manuals to use in the buildings, but I like having a degree of independence and pushing me around all day is very tiring for my mum. On the other hand, the power chairs that I saw on all the rental sites aren’t that great either — some of them fold or disassemble, but they’re still heavy af, and the ones that look like they might be slightly less exhausting to use can’t be folded or disassembled at all.

Does anyone have any experience with this?

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First are you aware of the system of walkable corridors, under street level? scooters/power chairs are welcome and usable there. You can rent one in the subway level, just down from cafeteria.

@lofturthunk, Thank you for starting this discussion- it’s going to be helpful for future Mayo Clinic patients that visit Mayo Clinic Connect for infomation.

Mayo offers an escort system free of charge to patients- When you arrive at Mayo your first stop will either be the front entryway at the Gonda Building or the entrance in the subway level from the parking ramp. Both doors have general service attendants that will call for an escort to take you to your first destination. When ready to leave your first appointment, simply let any desk know that you will need someone to take your to your next appointment and so on. If needed, the same services apply to your Mom if she is planning to travel with you.

I hope that helps! 🙂

@lofturthunk,
My only experience is with the manual wheelchair. When the transport shuttle arrived at the Gonda entryway, the driver signaled for a wheelchair, and the attendant immediately had one for me. My husband pushed it most of the time. Occasionally, when he was not available, I needed an escort to push it, and that worked well, and even took me to different appointments. I don’t know if that is any help, but that is my only experience. He is a fit healthy person, and my wheelchair need was only during my illness.

There is help and assistance available whenever you need it. You just have to let someone know.

I want to add , also, that the escorts know exactly how navigate around the Mayo complex. With your fatigue, that is something that I encourage you to consider.
Rosemary

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@waterboy

First are you aware of the system of walkable corridors, under street level? scooters/power chairs are welcome and usable there. You can rent one in the subway level, just down from cafeteria.

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More that I don’t necessarily want to just go around the hospital and my hotel and that’s it (although it does seem like there aren’t a lot of things in Rochester that aren’t the hospital or hotels) — on bad days (which I suspect these will be because of the pace and the earliness of the appointments) having wheels helps me be able to not be a) exhausted and b) bored out of my mind. Although I guess that’s a follow-up question: *is* there anything in Rochester during the winter to do other than hospital appointments and huddle up at home with 3 sweaters on?

@waterboy

First are you aware of the system of walkable corridors, under street level? scooters/power chairs are welcome and usable there. You can rent one in the subway level, just down from cafeteria.

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@lofturthunk, I do not know what there is to do in Rochester for a young person in the winter.

The following people might be more familiar with Rochester. Maybe one of them can shed some light on this question about winter and activities in Rochester, that you could navigate with your wheels.
@waterboy, @jamienolson, @lisalucier, @JustinMcClanahan, @kanaazpereira, Do you have any resource or suggestions to share?

Thank you,
Rosemary

Hi @lofturthunk,

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. offers a skyway system, and subterranean walkways (called the “subway” system), all accessible by wheelchair or scooter. A variety of galleria shops and businesses are located along the underground subway, and hotels, shops and dining are all accessible without ever having to step outdoors in the winter.

Here’s the Mayo Clinic Patient & Visitor Guide, which you might wish to view:
https://www.mayoclinic.org/patient-visitor-guide/minnesota/becoming-a-patient/accessibility-services

This webpage, http://www.rochestercvb.org/play/event-calendar/, is another great resource for things to do in and around Rochester in winter. I’ve copied a few links for your convenience, as well:
– Enjoying SocialICE 2018 http://blog.rochestercvb.org/post/rochester-mns-ice-bars-are-back/
– 7 Fun Things To Do During WinterFest 2018 in Rochester, MN http://blog.rochestercvb.org/post/fun-things-to-do-during-winterfest-in-rochester-mn/

Wishing you the best of luck.

@kanaazpereira

Hi @lofturthunk,

Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. offers a skyway system, and subterranean walkways (called the “subway” system), all accessible by wheelchair or scooter. A variety of galleria shops and businesses are located along the underground subway, and hotels, shops and dining are all accessible without ever having to step outdoors in the winter.

Here’s the Mayo Clinic Patient & Visitor Guide, which you might wish to view:
https://www.mayoclinic.org/patient-visitor-guide/minnesota/becoming-a-patient/accessibility-services

This webpage, http://www.rochestercvb.org/play/event-calendar/, is another great resource for things to do in and around Rochester in winter. I’ve copied a few links for your convenience, as well:
– Enjoying SocialICE 2018 http://blog.rochestercvb.org/post/rochester-mns-ice-bars-are-back/
– 7 Fun Things To Do During WinterFest 2018 in Rochester, MN http://blog.rochestercvb.org/post/fun-things-to-do-during-winterfest-in-rochester-mn/

Wishing you the best of luck.

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Hello @lofturthunk, I was going to share a few of the same links as @kanaazpereira. The SocialICE event is a fun way to celebrate Minnesota and is located right in the heart of downtown and Mayo Clinic. There are plenty of heaters outside so it remains somewhat comfortable even if it is a cold evening.

In the winter, I also enjoy going to Rochester Ice Hawks hockey games, http://www.mnicehawks.com/. Even if hockey isn’t your sport, it’s still fun being in the atmosphere since hockey is such a big part of Rochester culture. I also enjoy going to the movies at Paragon Cheateau Theatres. It is an accessible theatre with many screens and they also have leather reclining seats, so it is a very comfortable viewing experience. These are just a few things I can think of for now. I will post more if I can think of any.

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