By Margie Green Joseph, Special to the Neighb News
One of my friends is very ill and wanted to go to the beach, but her mobility is very limited. I looked into sand wheelchairs and learned that in addition to State beaches such as Fort Phoenix, Fairhaven had also purchased one.
I can’t say enough about Kayla who I spoke with at the gate. She gave me all the information I needed and assured me that the lifeguards would help us make this happen.
Thanks to Lifeguards Brett, Andrew, and AJ, the entire outing went incredibly smoothly. They handled the whole thing: safely transferred my friend from the car to the chair, wheeled her to the beach and into the water, and helped her transfer back to the car at the end of the afternoon. One of them stayed with her the whole time the chair was in the water. They made her feel totally safe!
Who knew that the resources needed to make this happen were right here! The entire beach crew was incredibly friendly and professional.
There’s no way we could have done this for our friend if it wasn’t for their help. They told us that they were just doing their job, but we all felt they went above and beyond. They were kind to our friend, very gentle when they transported her, and helped to make it a fun afternoon.
They told us this was the first time they actually used the chair, but we never would have known that based on how well they handled the whole situation.
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