5 Reasons to Switch from a Walker or Cane to a Mobility Scooter

Walkers and canes are useful mobility tools, but they can make you unsteady on your feet. There are far more advantages to using a mobility scooter than a cane or a walker. 

Here are five reasons to make the switch. 

  1. A mobility scooter is an affordable long-term investment in your wellbeing

When you own a mobility scooter, you’ll have a long-term investment that will support your wellbeing for many years to come. If you’re currently using a cane or a walker, at some point, those tools will become more dangerous than helpful. At that point, you’ll be glad you already have a scooter.

 Brand new mobility scooters are affordable, whether you’re looking for a 3-wheel or 4-wheel scooter. If you don’t want to spend the money on a new scooter, used ones are easy to find. You can also check your local medical supply bank to see if they have any for sale.

 Even if you don’t need one right now, it’s worth getting one sooner than later so you don’t have to scramble at the last minute when you have no other option.

  1. Mobility scooters are safer than canes and walkers

Safety is the top reason to get a mobility scooter. The yearly statistics for falls treated in the emergency room are startling, but did you know that 87% of elderly falls are attributed to using a walker?

 It seems contradictory. Shouldn’t walkers prevent falls? The truth is, walkers can be helpful, but are also dangerous. Most of the danger comes from user error. Using a walker correctly isn’t exactly intuitive.

 Walkers put you at risk for falls

 Most people start out with their walker adjusted far too high, pushing it like a shopping cart. To use a walker properly, it needs to be low enough to support your weight, but not so low that you have to stoop over when walking.

 When using a walker, you don’t want to hang onto it while pushing it ahead of your body. You want to keep your walker as close to your body as possible while taking small steps forward. Your body should remain in the area between the handles as much as possible, while you use the handles to support your weight.

 Canes aren’t much safer than walkers

 Canes are also dangerous, but not as dangerous as walkers. Although, the risk of falling with a cane is high. People who fall using walkers tend to fall backwards, which can cause severe injuries, including head trauma.

  1. Mobility scooters are faster than canes and walkers

If you want to put a pep in your step without having to risk injury, a mobility scooter will give you the speed you need.

With a mobility scooter, you can keep up with your friends and family when you go out for a night on the town. If you go out by yourself, you can get through the grocery store or the coffee shop line just as fast (or faster) than everyone else. You won’t have to worry about everyone beating you to the restroom, either.

If you’re brave, depending on your state, you might even be able to get a street-legal mobility scooter. Although, even with a street-legal scooter, it’s probably not a good idea to drive on the road unless there is no sidewalk and you don’t have any other choice.

  1. Mobility scooters are easy to operate

There is a mobility scooter for everyone, depending on your specific needs. If you need a joystick, for example, you can get a scooter with a joystick instead of standard buttons. If you need customizations, you can find someone to customize your chair. For example, you might want a cushier seat or dirt wheels to ride on gravel roads if you live in the country.

  1. You can do simple things independently

When you have a mobility scooter, you can do simple things independently like check the mail, take out the trash, and answer the door. Depending on your mobility limitations, doing these things on your own could be a huge deal.

Imagine being able to check the mail before your caregiver makes their visit. That alone will give you some of your independence back!

 Mobility scooters are safer than walkers and canes

 While walkers and canes may have served you well in the past, it’s time to consider getting a scooter. Owning a scooter will prioritize your safety now and in the future. Even if you can get by with a cane or walker for now, if/when your mobility declines, you’ll already be prepared.

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