Yes, they give me independence and take the strain of my carers back but I used to loathe hoists.
Having to use a hoist for me was a symbol of my deterioration… now I couldn’t live without them.
Will regards to wheelchairs I know nothing different. Sometimes you have to miss out on things due to inaccessibility but if I was to use a walker, getting to A and B wouldn’t be worth it. At school, I saw it as my shield were the insults from the other kids. The downside? Sometimes people only see the chair and when it’s broken down the service isn’t very quick to fix them.
Now, a collapsible electric wheelchair with a sliding ramp underneath for when there are no drop curbs, that’s an idea.