Published on June 19, 2013

According to a recent university study, 19 percent of Americans over the age of 65 are unable to walk a quarter mile without experiencing pain. Although arthritis has been deemed the leading cause of this, other conditions, such as stroke, multiple sclerosis and obesity have also been identified as the leading contributing factors.

As such, a mobility scooter serves as a useful aid to any senior who needs extra help in order to get around. Affordable, conveniently sized and easy to operate, mobility scooters can be used for a variety of reasons and can be driven indoors as well as outdoors. So whatever you desired location may be, a mobility scooter might be just what you are looking for.

The Advantages of Using a Mobility Scooter

  • Mobility scooters are built to be faster and more rugged than a conventional electric wheelchair. This makes them ideal for seniors who seek to travel over a long distance and for those who enjoy the great outdoors.

  • Most standard scooters can carry people who weigh up to 300 pounds. For riders who are heavier, or for those that need to carry additional weighted objects with them (oxygen, medical bags, etc.), heavy duty models are also available.

  • Most models come equipped with an easy-to-use swivel chair. This makes it safe and comfortable to get in and out of the scooter. The armrests on most swivel chairs also swing up and out of the way for added comfort.

  • Most scooters come equipped with a front basket and a rear seat pouch that can be used to carry a variety of items. This makes them ideal for shopping as you can easily place your groceries and other small items into the basket for transport.

  • Large shopping centers and big box stores can be challenging to move around in, especially for those with mobility issues. Scooters make it possible to go shopping on a regular basis without the worry of fatigue or injury.

Some Tips for seniors

  • Any senior who plans on renting or purchasing a mobility scooter must be able to steer and operate it like a car or motorcycle. If a rider's mental or visual capacity is low, it may not be an appropriate device to use.

  • A person must be able to sit on the mobility scooter for long periods of time and be able to balance themselves well when operating it. If the rider requires a strap or harness to in order to sit up for periods of time, a mobility scooter is not recommended.

  • Various makes and models of scooters have subtle differences. It is essential that the user carefully read the instruction manual for their particular scooter before usage.

  • Be sure to measure the areas of your home, apartment or condo before purchasing or renting a mobility scooter. The scooter will need to fit through doorways and manoeuvre down hallways and be able to move around furniture. Proper measuring of these locations will help choose an appropriate scooter.

  • Do you (or someone you know) have the means to transport the mobility scooter if you intend on using it outside the home? A transportable model requires less space and can fit in most standard size car trunks or hatches, but a standard scooter may need to be transported in a minivan or pickup truck.

Following these tips should help you in several ways; reviewing the advantages of using a scooter and how you can benefit from using one in your daily activities and also, to help you decide whether a scooter is an appropriate device for your situation. If you decide to purchase a scooter, drive safely and enjoy the freedom that these devices can provide.