Pauline, who moved into The ExtraCare Charitable Trust's
retirement scheme in Rushden recently after her husband passed
away, uses a wheelchair to get around but, with the help of gym
instructor Ken Howlett, is now able to be much more active.
She started off by using a Thera-Trainer, an exercise bike that
allows wheelchair users to stay in their chair and use as little
force as is necessary, but soon felt that she would like to move
"It was just a matter of weeks, but I just thought I'd like to
have a go on the rowing machine," she said. "I've only been doing
it for a couple of weeks but I enjoy it."
Pauline was encouraged to move to Imperial Court after having
several bad falls. "It wasn't something I'd thought of doing before
then. I used to be very independent but I had some falls and was in
hospital. My family don't have to worry about me now that I'm
here," she added.
Going to the gym is now Pauline's favourite activity. She
explained that it helps her keep positive. "I do get down sometimes
because I used to be so much more active," she said. "I was never
in a wheelchair when I was younger, but things change. This keeps
me busy and gives me something new to think about."
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