How To Help the Elderly Maintain their Independence

Feb 13, 2022 0 comments Abby Haukongo
How To Help the Elderly Maintain their Independence


People start to lose part of their independence as they get older. This experience can be terrifying for the individual and their loved ones. Many older adults lose their independence due to health difficulties or mobility concerns. However, this doesn't have to be the case for your aging loved ones.

There are many ways to help the elderly with their independence. For instance, mobility scooters may aid your loved one in retaining their independence, by giving them the ability to get around without assistance. This article will help you better understand the scooters, including the different types and their functions. 

Advantages Resulting from the Use of Mobility Scooters

Mobility scooters have several benefits. For instance, elderly parents using a mobility scooter will acquire a feeling of freedom. This feeling may have been lacking due to an accident, a handicap or a sickness. As a result, the increased independence enables them to be free to accomplish their usual tasks without needing to ask for help or support.

This is very beneficial for their mental health. 

It is also easy to use a mobility scooter indoors and outdoors. For instance, travel mobility scooters are not only portable but are also quite adaptable. They're often fitted with broad seats, adjustable armrests, and a simple-to-use steering mechanism to accommodate the needs of people with disabilities. You or your parent may change these settings to ensure that they are entirely comfortable. 

Furthermore, most versions have the option of folding the backrest, which makes transporting them more convenient. Some folding mobility scooters are also capable of collapsing into a medium package that can fit in the trunk of a small vehicle. 

The Various Types of Mobility Scooters

3-Wheel vs. 4-Wheel Scooter

Picking a three-wheeled scooter means that you'll be presented with a scooter that has exceptional maneuverability because of its precise and small turning radius. On the other hand, four-wheeled scooters are created to give greater stability. As a result, they have a better control and maneuverability.

Folding/Travel Scooters

This scooter is foldable either mechanically or manually, depending on the make. You can easily travel in planes or go for long distances with your car as the scooter easily fits in the car trunk. Most of them use lithium batteries, but it's up to you to ensure you purchase the ones regulated by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Full Size/Standard Scooters

These scooters are generally larger than folding scooters and can cover longer distances between charges, with an average speed of 4-6 miles per hour. Additionally, the scooters often have pretty comfortable seats.

An important feature about these scooters is that they are mainly built to allow longer excursions and have a better driving range than the foldable travel type. 

Heavy Duty Scooters

Heavy-duty scooters are generally designed to support higher weight capacities of up to 500 to 600 pounds. 

Additionally, there are off-road scooters available that have suspension and extra features. Basically, the sort of scooter you choose by determined by your parents' lifestyle and budget.


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Abby Haukongo

Abby Haukongo is a key contributor at Electric Wheelchairs USA, known for her deep knowledge in the powered mobility sector. Her expertise in internet technology and content creation enhances her ability to cover trending topics in this niche. Abby's unique blend of technical acumen and industry insights makes her an invaluable asset, providing readers with well-informed, relevant content on the latest developments in powered mobility.

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