For those who are in pain or tire easily when walking, a mobility scooter may be the answer. A mobility scooter is equivalent to a wheelchair but is power operated via a rechargeable battery. This allows its user to get around the house or the neighborhood without requiring someone to push them or the strength and stamina to wheel themselves around.
Here are three top benefits of using a mobility scooter.
1- An Increase in Independence
Sometimes with age comes a decrease in the ability to be physically active and get around on one’s own. Walking down the street to the mailbox, over to a neighbor’s house, or to the corner market becomes increasingly difficult.
However, with the aid of a mobility scooter, not only will short walks be possible again but even long walks become doable and pain-free.
2- Injury Prevention
When you’re older and don’t have the physical strength that you used to have, falls that cause injury becomes a real risk. Chances of a hard fall decrease significantly with the aid of a mobility scooter.
If your loved one has had surgery or is trying to recover from an injury, mobility scooters limit the physical exertion that is required to get around. This means your loved one can heal quicker and with less fatigue.
The seats of mobility scooters can be adjusted in various ways including stand, tilt, and recline positions. They offer support for individuals who have posture problems.
3- More Time and Energy
When using a mobility device, a senior can get around much faster with less energy. Getting out becomes fun again.This leaves them feeling happier and ready to be more involved in life around them.
A Scooter for Every Need
Depending on your family member’s needs, there is a different type of scooter that will work well for them.
Small Scooters: These are lightweight and easily transportable. They may dismantle into smaller pieces to allow for storage. They work well for use around the home. Since they are smaller, they have a lower weight limit and might need to be recharged more often.
Medium Scooters: These are able to transport more weight and travel faster, up to 6 mph. They do not dismantle so they generally don’t fit in a car but have a travel range of up to 20 miles on a charged battery.
Large Road-Legal Scooters: These have tougher wheels so they can be driven on rougher surfaces and can carry a much higher passenger weight. They can drive 8 mph and can go for 30 miles before needing a recharge. They include a locked storage area, lights, turn signals, and a horn.