How to Select a Mobility Scooter for a Senior?

How to Select a Mobility Scooter for a Senior?

Posted by Susan T. on May 12th 2022

As we get older, our lifestyles, medical conditions, or simply age can cause progressive weakness and limit our bodies. It’s no wonder millions of older adults around the world face mobility problems.

For a person with a mobility impairment, doing a regular task can prove to be an uphill battle. While going grocery shopping, going out with friends, or visiting a doctor, they are at an increased risk of injuring themselves.

A mobility scooter can help an older adult maintain their independence. Many mobility scooters can be used indoors and outdoors. They come in all shapes and sizes. Whatever the body type of your loved one, you will find a scooter that ticks all the right boxes for them.

There are three different types of mobility scooters:

Standard Mobility Scooters

As the name suggests, standard mobility scooters have standard features. They are perfect for seniors who do not have any major mobility issues. These scooters weigh up to 250 lbs.

Travel Mobility Scooters

Travel mobility scooters are easy to transport. They are perfect for seniors who want to bring their mobility scooters with them when they travel.

Heavy-duty Mobility Scooters

Heavy-duty scooters are for big, tall users who may struggle to fit into regular scooters.

Not all mobility scooters are created equal. Just because most seniors use a particular mobility scooter, do not automatically assume that it is the right mobility device for your loved one.

Consider these things when choosing a mobility scooter for an aging adult:

  • Weight capacity: Make sure the scooter you are considering can support the user’s weight. For a lean person, choose a lightweight mobility scooter. Heavy-duty scooters are more appropriate for large, tall users
  • Off-roading capabilities: If your loved one intends to use their mobility scooter indoors, a standard scooter would do; however, if they want to use it outdoors as well, look for a heavy-duty scooter with large wheels
  • Stability: Look for a mobility scooter with a low center of gravity that is less likely to tip over
  • Ease of transport: Look for a mobility scooter that folds in easy steps and can easily fit in a car’s trunk or backseat. It should have detachable parts so the scooter can be brought on a plane
  • Price: While cost is an important factor to consider, do not base your decision solely on the basis of it. When considering different options, assess their value proposition. Look for a scooter that offers best value for money
  • Comfort: Make sure that the mobility scooter you are considering has a comfortable, well-padded seat, adjustable armrests and padded footrests

Mobility Masters offers a wide range of mobility scooters. Our mobility scooters come loaded with safety, convenience and comfort features that make every ride a delightful experience. To learn more, call (800) 936-7006.