Could a mobility scooter really make you more active? Aren’t they going to stop you from moving around, leaving you sitting for the rest of your life?
If you’re getting older and finding that staying fit and active is becoming harder, then you might be pleased to know that buying a mobility scooter could actually improve your fitness.
Carers UK recently published figures stating that there were 6.5 million carers across the UK. This included 20% of all people aged 50-64, and 1.3 million people aged 65 or over. These carers are people that shouldn’t be struggling financially, but will be due to their age.
Carers aged 50 and above might be unable to work. They will be providing care on a very limited budget. Financial support may be available, but won’t always be enough.
Even the younger generations of carers have their difficulties. 178,000 are under the age of 18, so won’t have their own good source of income, and a further 2.4 million people are ‘sandwich carers’, balancing their care of an elderly relative with raising their own families. Clearly, that doesn’t leave a lot of spare money.
People buying their first mobility scooters will find a wealth of information to sift through. All of this information could potentially be useful when you’re narrowing down your choice, whittling your options down to just one mobility scooter that you’d eventually like to buy.
It once might have been that mobility scooters were considered to be the reserve of the elderly. In recent years, that’s all changing.
Now, mobility scooters are often picked as the transport option of choice for younger people with mobility difficulties, many of which are in their 50s, 40s, 30s and even 20s.
From the beginning of the global Coronavirus Epidemic, many countries became aware early, of the need for adequate Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), particularly for health professionals and key workers - much more likely to be exposed to harmful contamination in the carrying out of their daily duties.
The current Coronavirus outbreak, now classified by the WHO as having Pandemic characteristics, is leaving people with elderly friends and relatives with many areas of concern and confusion.
With the general advice from the Government being that we should all be limiting the amount of close proximity contact with others generally, how do we manage the necessity to manage to visit and being in contact with our elderly friends and relatives, without unknowingly putting them at increased risk of infection?
For enhanced comfort, as well as safety and grip, your tyres are an essential part of your wheelchair or mobility scooter and as with all parts, they should be regularly checked and replaced if they are worn or showing signs of cracking or splitting.
Having a good set of tyres on your wheelchair or scooter can help you to maintain grip over different terrains and indoor surfaces. The tread on tyres can vary and obviously if you intend to use over a more general outdoor surface, then a deeper tread pattern may be more advisable.