One area I struggle with in my daily practice as an Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) is when I get a request to provide an electric mobility scooter. Don’t get me wrong, they can be a wonderful help to someone who needs assistance getting around the house. They are particularly helpful outside for shopping and other outdoor events. In my experience providing scooters for nearly 4 years now, I have learned that there are a lot of misconceptions though about these mobility devices. So, here they are the advantages and disadvantages of a mobility scooter from a professional’s point of view. I am also including a few myths about scooters - ones that most people believe are true.
There are many positive benefits of having an electric mobility scooter - if it can be used safely. Just remember, scooters are medical products and as such come with a few warnings and guidelines.
Most of the negatives and concerns I have with scooters are related to the safety and maneuvering abilities of scooters. If not used properly and with the right patient, they can be quite dangerous.
There are several myths out there about scooters that I think need to also be addressed. I hear these statements all the time in my current practice!
I hope this information helps you in your decision about getting an electric mobility scooter. When used correctly with the right patient in the right situation, they are a wonderful help to a person’s daily living. However, when they are not used in the right situation, they can be dangerous and cause further injury.
I work daily with seniors and the elderly in my position as a wheelchair specialist at a home medical company. I see the struggle they have maintaining their independence and living their daily lives. Most are completely unaware of the options and products out there that can improve their independence, mobility, and safety in their home. I created this site to help seniors, elders, and their caregivers make smart buying decisions about the many independent living aids on the market.
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