You’ve seen the commercials and may even have friends who use a motorized scooter. There’s no doubt that mobility scooters or motorized chairs have benefits for both seniors living independently and those in assisted living communities. There are also benefits for their caregivers. Here are some of the ways a motorized scooter can help improve your quality of life.
- They allow you to stay independent longer: As we age, our muscles weaken. With the added stresses of injuries, illnesses, strokes, or mobility issues, it can be hard to accomplish your daily tasks on your own. A scooter makes it unnecessary to walk or stand for extended periods of time and helps you complete these activities without additional assistance.
- They prevent falls: Because you are sitting comfortably on the scooter, the risk of falling is reduced. Scooters not only make it easier and safer to run errands, they also make it easier to move around inside your home.
- You can avoid injuries and hospital stays: By reducing fall risk, motorized scooters also help you avoid injuries that can lead to hospital stays and future mobility issues. Broken hips, fractures, and even head and neck injuries are common in falls.
- You’ll get moving again faster after an injury or illness: Access to a motorized scooter can speed up recovery time because you won’t have to stand, walk, or overexert when you should be going easy with activity.
- You can be more active: Seniors with mobility problems often point to these issues as to why they aren’t more active with social groups, church groups, and even family members. A scooter makes it possible to go to the shopping mall, accompany a tour group, or attend a concert.
Some scooters are available at a reduced cost through Medicare or are paid for completely by insurance. Cost probably isn’t your only question, though. With so many different models on the market today, there’s plenty of information to sort through. There are scooters built specifically for certain body sizes and weights, those for indoor use only, and those designed to be used all day. Your local motorized scooter dealer will be able to help you choose the best model for your needs, and also work with your insurance to keep costs as low as possible.