Hi, I’m new to the forum, thanks for reading my post.
I was diagnosed November 2019, having become very unwell whilst waiting 5 months for appointment with nhs neurologist. Was initially going to be 7 months and I was on the verge of going private, but the day before my private appointment I was offered a cancellation. Neurologist confirmed diagnosis within minutes, said I had probably had symptoms for 2 years. I’m 56. Was signed off work for 7 months, then agreed with employer that best option was to take early retirement due to ill health.
I’ve just received notification that I am eligible for a motability car, as I receive the enhanced mobilitiiy element of PIP, I don’t know where to start looking for a car, there are so many options, so I’m looking for some advice please… I have requested an assessment with Wessex Driveability, but there is currently a 12-week waiting list, so I’m trying to narrow down the field beforehand. I guess that I need an automatic, maybe a small SUV? I’ve driven the same navy blue Zafira for the past 13 years, so am really looking forward to a new car, and would like something a bit more fun. I was initially looking at a yellow Ecosport, but apparently they no longer do an automatic.
I have one knee replacement and the other knee is also arthritic, so I don’t find it easy to get in and out of cars, especially low ones. I also have a weakness on the right hand side from Parkinson’s, so I’m not sure whether I may need to look at adaptations, or whether it would be better for me to keep using my right hand and foot, even if they do get a bit shaky and achy at times.
Any advice on any of the above would be gratefully received.