Top 5 benefits of a mobility scooter
If you’ve been struggling with independent movement and have been toying with the idea of getting a mobility scooter, it’s worth knowing that it could make a big difference to your life. Here are five benefits of owning a mobility scooter.
1. Improved mobility
If you have mobility issues, your world suddenly shrinks, which can make life miserable. But, making use of a mobility scooter to help you get around can open up your world again, allowing you to get out and about, go shopping, visit places, see friends and family, and do many of the things that you used to do before.
With increasing numbers of places providing accessibility for those with mobility issues, both inside and outside, it has never been easier to get around. This means that using a mobility scooter could be less stressful and problematic than you might have originally anticipated.
Using a mobility scooter to get out and about can give you your independence back, especially if you had started to become dependent on others to help you beforehand. When you’ve lost your independence, it can have a profound impact on your mental health and the way you feel, possibly even contributing towards anxiety and depression. If you’re unsteady on your feet, you may worry about going out and having a fall, which could stop you from going out altogether and could end up making you feel increasingly isolated.
Owning a mobility scooter not only helps to give you your independence back, but can give you the confidence to get out and lead a normal life, as well as being able to socialise with others, which can improve your overall health and wellbeing. With the right kind of scooter and battery, you can enjoy travelling up to 20 miles or even further, giving you the kind of freedom you might have only dreamed of before.
3. Reliable and easy to use
If you’ve been put off getting a mobility scooter as you worry it might be too difficult to use, and you don’t like the thought of being stranded somewhere with a scooter that has run out of power, think again. The current breed of mobility scooters are exceptionally reliable and easy to use and operate, so you can get around conveniently without fretting that the scooter will malfunction or let you down.
Scooters are safe to park and have a key lock, just like any vehicle, so you don’t need to worry that someone might take off with your mobility scooter when your back is turned. They also work with a rechargeable battery, which you can plug into the mains and charge up in-between uses, so you can feel confident that the scooter has enough power to get you from A to B.
A lot of people who experience mobility problems often suffer from painful joints, so it stands to reason you might be wary about getting a scooter if it’s not going to offer you the comfort you need. The good news is, modern mobility scooters have been designed with comfort in mind, so you can relax, whether you’re moving around or sitting on the scooter, waiting in a queue. The chair can be adjusted to suit your height and you can find scooters with a sturdy suspension so that you won’t need to wince every time you hit a bump or go over rough terrain.
5. Flexible to suit your needs
There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to mobility scooters, so the good thing is that you can find a scooter that perfectly matches your unique needs. For example, if you’re looking for a lightweight mobility scooter that can be used to satisfy your daily outings to the shops, there are options to fit this requirement. You can also purchase mobility scooters that are designed for longer journeys, that are slightly larger and can be used both indoors and outside.
Mobility scooters are also available that can be used on the road and have all the features you would expect from a road-using vehicle, such as indicators, lights, a horn and mirrors. You don’t need a licence to use one of these, making them ideal if you can’t drive a normal car.
Think about the type of mobility scooter you want, including the kind of features you’d like it to have, level of comfort, and what you intend to use it for; there is bound to be a type of scooter available that will match your needs precisely.
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