Today’s seniors are more active than ever, participating in activities that were once reserved for the young. Unfortunately, as people grow older, their bodies start to break down. Many seniors develop disabilities or chronic health conditions that prevent them from being as active as they would like. This is where mobility aids such as scooters can help.
Being able to get around on a mobility scooter allows an individual to recapture some of their independence and to stay as active as possible. The best part is that most insurance plans will help cover the cost of purchasing a scooter, putting them well within reach of the people who need them most.
Scooters are electric mobility products that are somewhat similar to a wheelchair but feature a unique three-wheel design. They are ideal for people who are capable of walking or moving around on their own for short distances but who would benefit from assistance when it comes to covering longer distances.
A typical scooter is designed with rear-wheel drive, meaning that the rear wheels are the ones that are connected to the electrical system and provide the forward momentum. The front wheel is usually reserved for steering the scooter.
Although these scooters have been in use for decades, recent improvements in design have made them more comfortable and convenient than ever. For one thing, battery power has significantly improved over the years, as has the amount of time that it takes to recharge the battery. That means that users don’t have to wait as long to get moving again after their battery dies.
In terms of the design of the scooters themselves, they now offer features such as power seats, height-adjustable bases, and arms that can be flipped back out of the way. New advancements in the gear drive system of these scooters also give them much further range on a single charge than they had in the past. In fact, some scooters can go 40 miles or more before they need to be recharged again. This allows the seniors who use these devices more freedom than ever before.
In 2014, the world’s fastest mobility scooter hit a new speed record, clocking in at 108 miles per hour. The average scooter, however, goes nowhere near that fast. Instead, they typically offer speeds of about 5-7 miles per hour for a midrange model. Steering is accomplished through one of several methods including with a steering wheel, push-button controls or a joystick.
Another benefit of these scooters is that they are relatively easy to transport. Most can be broken down small enough that they will fit in the trunk of a standard car.
For seniors with limited mobility, scooters offer a way to regain their independence. Not only are they easy to operate but they can also be used indoors or outdoors, making them a great way for an elderly person with disabilities to participate in their favorite activities again. Best of all, because they are covered by most insurance plans, people don’t have to pay a lot of money out of pocket to recover their independence.