Our users are a huge source of inspiration. Especially when it comes to mobility, ageing and life quality. Our user Kirsten is one of those sources of inspiration. She was one of our very first users in Denmark and we can always count on her to give us feedback and share a couple of good stories.
“I was just sitting in a radius of 50 metres and couldn’t do anything”
A couple of months ago Kirsten was interviewed by the Danish broadcasting station TV2, when they were doing a small feature about welfare technology and rollators. This week she is yet again in the spotlight in an interview with the Danish Magasine ‘Hendes Verden’. As part of a theme about assistive aids, she shares some wise words about using a rollator. After all this spotlight we figured it was time to share the story about how byACRE met Kirsten – and share some of Kirsten’s wise words.
When byACRE met Kirsten: Post knee surgery and longing for freedom
Kirsten received her first rollator in 2007, when she had to train after a hip surgery. It went great for a while, and the hips were working as they should. She therefore only used the rollator for training purposes. As she put it herself “it wasn’t a rollator made for a stroll along the promenade”. Last year she underwent another surgery. This time it was the knee, and the surgery did not work in Kirsten’s favour. She now needed the rollator for more than just training purposes.
“At one time I was with the day center on a trip to a farm. But all of us with rollators couldn’t walk around, because the underlay consisted of pebbles, and the rollators couldn’t handle it”.
The rollator Kirsten had received from the municipality did not meet her requirements*. She loves to explore and meet new people, and her rollator wasn’t really up for these adventures. She needed something lighter, that did not cause pain in her hands on the longer walks, and she needed something that would fit in her car.
The Red Lightning
“Fortunately, I can figure out what the world has to offer even though I’m 81 years old. So, I googled and found my new rollator”
After a search on Google she found byACRE, called us, and paid us a visit. She quickly decided on the Carbon Ultralight in Strawberry Red. Because “Why not red? Let it be red so it can be seen”. Kirsten calls her rollator “The Red Lightning” and have actually said that she enjoys walking with the rollator more than her dog. With her rollator she decides for herself when she wants to walk, but she gets the same attention as she would walking her dog.
“I feel worthy and experience being welcomed into stores in a different way. The other day I was sitting in a restaurant when someone came up and asked med about where my rollator was from”.
Freedom instead of longing
Even though Kirsten loves her rollator, she still dreams about being able to walk without it. But right now the rollator gives her peace of mind knowing that she does not lose her balance. “When you’ve tried falling and hurting yourself seriously, you are not sorry about your rollator. I am so happy for it. It gives med freedom instead of longing”.
Kirsten is only one of many byACRE users around the world, but her story is far from unique. For a lot of people, ageing will often lead to a need for more support while walking, and like Kirsten, when you get to that age, you still want to keep up the life you’re used to. Ageing does not entail a sudden stop in one’s need for adventure and social interaction. And it most certainly does not entail a wish to be portrayed and treated any differently. Because “Age is the new black”.
*Note: In Denmark, citizens who need assistive aids after a surgery, or whose functionality is permanently impaired, as a consequence of disability or chronic illness, is provided with an assistive aid; either from the hospital or the municipality.