Monday, May 30, 2011
wheelchair accessible: Great PA FlavorFest
Free admission! Free parking! Free tasting! Free entertainment! Wheelchair accessible! What is not to like? … only that the Great Pennsylvania FlavorFest only happens ‘once a year’ over Memorial Day Weekend.
Multiple Sclerosis symptoms are unavoidable companions in any outing. Non-ambulatory is the big dog impacting everything from dressing and the rest of the activities of daily living to transportation. While Memorial Day weekend may kick off the summer season for many, sharing the enthusiasm for the weather is lost with MS sensitivity to both heat and seasons.
Care giving is about making the adaptations or leveling that field. Not unlike the
500 or Coca-Cola 600 that dominates Memorial weekend sports, care giving is about the team behind the person in the chair. From the staff at Patti’s care facility that got her up, dressed, and ready – myself transporting and pushing her around the 35 acres – FlavorFest staff, vendors, and giant frog who patiently and pleasantly enabled Patti’s participation - team Patti kept Patti in the race to taste. Indianapolis
Obviously favoring her sweet tooth, Patti tasted her way through Red Raspberry, Blueberry, and Sour Cherry wines from West Hanover Winery; Peach Mist from Winery at Wilcox; Mountain Blush, Tailgate Red, Mountain Mist, and Mountain Sunset wines from Mount Nittany Vineyard until hitting the jackpot with their Rock Hill Red wine slush!
Wine slush was sooo good we bought a bottle of Rock Hill Red to make their slushy recipe at home. Bedecked in
attire, Mount Nittany Vineyard staff also held the insight straight for Patti, an alumni. J Penn State
I would advise anyone dealing with mobility challenges that they do not rent wheelchairs or scooters, when it come to mobility assistance – it’s BYO.
Depending on your mobility device some parts of the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire ground may or may not be the easiest to navigate. Manually pushed, it is all ‘no problemo’ for Patti and good exercise for me.
As the cooler summer morning temperature gave way to MS unfriendly 81°F (27.2°C) with high humidity, a happy Patti wanted nothing more than a long air conditioned afternoon nap.
Caregivingly Yours, Patrick Leer
web site: caregivinglyyours.com
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