In many parts of the world, especially in countries like the United States, Canada, New Zealand and Australia, the use and sale of mobility scooters is on the rise.
Mobility is broadly defined as the ability to move oneself, for instance, walking or by using assistive technologies. Mobility scooter is one of the most acceptable assistive devices for people with impaired mobility, especially for those who still have sufficient upper body strength, postural stability and dexterity.
For older adults, being mobile is important as it is associated with quality of life and health status.
Here are the top reasons why seniors use mobility scooters:
- Getting to and from shops
A study by May et al. showed that these powered vehicles were predominantly used for getting to and from shops. The May study collected its data from mobility scooter older users from South Australia.
- Visiting friends and family
The 2nd reason cited by the May study is for visiting friends and family.
- Go for rides
The 3rd reason cited by the May study is to go for rides. In addition, this study also found that scooter owners use their equipment 3 to 5 times and travelled between 2 to 5 kilometers from their home each week.
A study of older Canadian scooter users by Alexandra Korotchenko and Laura Hurd Clarke found that these powered devices provided users with the autonomy that they desired.
- Maintain mobility in the community
A study by Sullivan et al. of a group of older New Zealanders who own a mobility scooter showed that it helped users maintain their mobility in the community. Specifically, the Sullivan study found that scooters were used on a regular basis for shopping, visiting a doctor, banking and for recreation as well.
- Alternative to driving a car
The Sullivan study also found a number bought this equipment after they stopped driving a car.
3 or 4-Wheeled Types
These powered vehicles come with 3 or 4 wheels.
The Prowler 3-wheel mobility scooter has a maximum cruising range of 7 miles per hour and a top range of 23 miles. It also comes with safety features such as anti-tip wheels, a headlight, rearview mirrors and turn signals.
The Prowler 4-wheel mobility scooter also has a maximum cruising range of 7 miles per hour and a top range of 23 miles. It also comes with features such as anti-tip wheels, a headlight, rearview mirrors, turn signals, a luxurious reclining captain seat, adjustable seat, adjustable armrests and adjustable tiller angle.
To ensure safety when using either 3-wheel or 4-wheel model, be sure that you have the following physical requisites for driving this device:
-You can walk even for short distance.
-You have enough strength in your arm to operate the tiller steering system.
-You have good balance as well as good truck control when sitting.