Electric or motorised scooters can help elderly people maintain their independence by allowing them to travel around their local community with greater ease.
When purchasing an electric scooter there are many things you need to consider such as how will you get the scooter home, are you able to drive it and how much are you willing to spend?
Things to consider before you buy
- Will you be able to drive the scooter around your local area? For example make sure there is a safe and relatively flat footpath from your house to the shops.
- Will the scooter be adequate transport to cover the distance you want to travel?
- Can the scooter fit through doorways?
- Can you park the scooter in a safe place?
- Are you able to recharge the scooter’s batteries?
- Can the scooter be locked?
What skills will you need?
- Good coordination, balance and strength
- You need to have enough mobility to control the steering wheel.
- You need to be able to handle bumps and rough terrain without falling off the scooter.
- You need good hearing and vision to avoid pedestrians and judge distances.
You can buy an electric scooter online, at mobility shops and some pharmacies.
If you are considering buying an mobility scooter ask a friend, family member or occupational therapist to help you chose the right scooter to suit your needs.