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Among adults over the age of 65, falls are the number one cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries, making fall prevention an important concern for seniors. Mobility scooters are designed to reduce the likelihood of falls among the elderly and other individuals with limited mobility. A scooter can make it possible for you to enjoy more activities outside of your home while helping to reduce your risk of falling whether you're at home or on the go.
A mobility scooter is a type of mobility aid that consists of a chair and a set of handlebars mounted on a base that is outfitted with three or four wheels. The mobility scooter has a built-in motor and is operated and steered with the hands. To use a mobility scooter, you must have enough upper body strength to sit upright with little support, manual dexterity to operate the controls and the ability to safely transfer to and from the scooter. Your doctor can advise you as to whether or not a mobility scooter is right for you. A mobility scooter is not the same as a motorized or power wheelchair. The latter is designed for individuals who may require support to sit and for those who are fully unable to move their legs. If you cannot use a mobility scooter, your doctor may suggest a power wheelchair, which you can also purchase at Walgreens.
There are a wide variety of mobility scooters available on the market today, making it important that you take the time to carefully compare models and ensure that you're getting the right solution for your needs. Start by determining where you want to use your scooter. Different types are made for differing terrains. Some scooters are made for rougher terrains like pavement, gravel and grass, while others are solely designed for use indoors. Size will be another important thing to consider when you're selecting a mobility scooter. Larger scooters will support more weight and be more powerful for traveling long distances. However, you may have a difficult time navigating small indoor spaces, such as narrow aisles in stores, with a larger scooter. Another way that scooters differ from one another is in their seats. Some have seats that are fixed in place, and others have swiveling seats that make it easier to transfer to and from the scooter. If you are still relatively flexible and strong, a swiveling seat may not be as important to you as other features like included storage space or the length of battery life.
To make your scooter easier, safer and more convenient to use, you can purchase special scooter accessories made to coordinate with these mobility aids. Storage bags and baskets can be added to your scooter to carry your shopping bags or personal belongings. You can purchase ramps and threshold covers to help you move around your home more easily. Pads and cushions for mobility scooter seats can help you stay comfortable when you're on a long outing or using your scooter all day at home.