Although I am a wheelchair user I don’t really meet with overt discrimination so I was quite shocked by today’s experience.
My mum is 84 and not really on the ball mentally. She’s not got dementia but she soon gets confused and is very forgetful. Today she had an outpatients operation and the hospital booked us patent transport – with me as the escort.
When the driver came to pick us up he was incredulous that a wheelchair user should be an escort. So much so that he had to call in to the controller who was also quite dismissive. I explained the situation that I was giving mental support – obviously not physical.
It was as though someone in a wheelchair was incapable of helping an elderly lady get to the right place and listening to what the doctors had to say. In the ambulance coming back was a very doddery old lady with her husband (he was the patient) one wonders exactly why she made an acceptable escort but I did not.