Senior Care Focus

Senior Mobility: How to Purchase a Scooter for an Elderly Person

Purchasing a scooter is a big decision: One, which you will much appreciate when the process is completed. So let’s learn a bit more about buying a scooter for an elderly friend, loved one or your parent. Purchasing a scooter will involve determining the weight of the scooter, the ease in folding or taking the scooter apart, and the ease in handling and riding.

What To Look For In The Wheels

The wheels of a scooter are important, because if they are not functioning properly, one may not be able to use the scooter at all. Look for a solid-filled wheels, so that flat tires are never an issue. Look for tires that balance the scooter, there is nothing worse than a rocking feeling while riding along in a store. A scooter that feels safe, solid and secure is going to give the rider more confidence in riding anywhere.

Scooter Safety Features For Riding On The Road

Allowing mobility for a person is a gift of freedom that will be treasured. If you are purchasing a scooter that will allow a person to travel to a store, a park or to visit friends, you want to be sure of road safety features. Headlights are one safety feature of which you should be aware. Headlights will make the rider more noticeable.

It is recommended that you buy your scooter from a reputable dealer to ensure that all its accessories are covered by a warranty. This ensures that if the scooter parts suffer any unusual wear and tear during usage they can be easily replaced with minimal problems. Moreover, buying accessories from a genuine dealer will also guard you against buying poorly made parts.

The advancement in technology of scooters has been impressive over the last few years. For example, batteries have become long lasting and more powerful. With some of the batteries, you can ride your scooter safely all day without recharging!

Also, look for bright colored side panels that do not blend in with the color of the road or the color of the background. A bright colored side panel is going to be an additional safety feature that will prevent accidents while making everyone more aware of the rider on the scooter.

Features For The Rider On The Go

Purchasing a scooter for an elderly friend, loved one or your parent will also allow the rider to shop for themselves. In purchasing a scooter, you need to look at the basket features and the sidesaddle bag features. The rider will want to take items with them and place purchases in their scooter. Being able to carry items on the scooter is vital to using it more often and without hassle. Look for a stable, sturdy basket, and additional storage containers when purchasing a scooter.

Keeping the minds and bodies of our seniors agile and mobile can give them freedom and access and improve their quality of life. Good riding!


Adapted from an article by Jason Uvios.
Senior Care Focus, Issue No. 5, Spring/Summer 2012

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