The amount of time seniors can walk unassisted tends to decrease with time. It could be a result of a disease that reduces mobility like arthritis or a cognitive condition such as Alzheimer’s. It could even be result of a combination of the two conditions. Irrespective of the reason, there are ways that will help seniors regain their mobility and independence.
The walker is one of the most common mobility aides for seniors. They are made from lightweight materials and come with two handle bars for the senior to use when they walk. The rollator is essentially a walker with wheels and has become a very popular mobility device and they are much easier to use compared to the typical walkers. They usually have a braking system in the handle. Some models include a storage basked for groceries or other small items and some even have seats. Both walkers and rollators can be folded when not being used and can be easily stored in a car trunk.
Mobility Scooters History
Even though walkers are popular with seniors, they need to have good upper body strength to be able to work it properly. They might be better than walking with no help; however, lots of energy is needed to operate them safely. This is why mobility scooters are so popular with seniors.
Mobility scooters made their appearance in the 60s, and by the 90s they were very popular. They are battery powered and seniors can easily operate them with just the push of a button. Some have a range of about 20 miles on a single charge, but the more common ones have a range of 5 – 10 miles.
With the smaller ranges, seniors can still go most places that they would normally go if they could walk, like the grocery store, mall, to an amusement park etc. These mobility scooters provide a quick and safe way for seniors to regain their independence and mobility.
Independence for Seniors
Another important mobility device for seniors is the wheelchair. They come in manual or electric models. In terms of providing independence for seniors, the electric wheelchair is probably the better choice. This is because manual wheelchairs require lots of energy to move and many seniors would need someone to push the chair for them.