Acknowledging mobility issues and accepting that you need help is never easy. But what’s important to remember is how investing in a mobility aid is not about giving up, or even accepting your mobility issues.
Quite far from it – there is nothing better you can do to maintain your mobility and independence long-term than to set yourself up with a reliable mobility aid.
In particular, a mobility scooter could be just the thing to help you continue enjoying your freedom indefinitely. Whether at home or getting out and about, the right mobility scooter really can be life-changing.
Even so, knowing when the time has come to pick up your first mobility scooter can be tricky. But if any of the following apply, you could find that investing in a mobility scooter sooner rather than later is the best thing you can do for your safety, convenience, and independence:
- You Often Find Yourself Short of Breath
If you find yourself in a situation where your regular routine (short walks, journeys, planned outings etc.) leave you short of breath, you have two choices. One of which is to adjust your lifestyle to cope with your limited mobility, while the second is to continue living your preferred lifestyle with the help of a mobility scooter.
The body’s ability to cope with certain exercises and exertions naturally declines over the course of time. But this does not mean that you have to in any way give up the activities and outings you love. All you need is a reliable mobility scooter and you can continue enjoying your freedom and independence.
- You Have an Injury
Contrary to popular belief, mobility scooters are not exclusively for those who have long-term or permanent mobility issues. They can also be fantastic for individuals recovering from injuries and can even play an important part in the recovery and recuperation process.
In the wake of an accident or injury, it may be necessary to take it easy for a considerable period of time. Even if getting up and active is an option, doing so excessively could exacerbate the injury and extend the time it takes to recover from it. With a mobility scooter, you may find that you are able to enjoy a much greater degree of freedom throughout the recovery process.
A mobility scooter can make a great alternative to crutches – particularly for those who may struggle to move confidently and safely with more conventional mobility aids like these.
- Walking Leaves You with Discomfort or Pain
Some people find that while walking itself is not a problem, the aftereffects can be downright debilitating. This applies to those who are able to walk largely unassisted, but find themselves suffering pain and discomfort afterwards. It could be anything from aching joints to back pain to arthritis flare-ups, which are common signs of underlying health issues which should be investigated as promptly as possible.
Irrespective of the cause of such pain and discomfort, a mobility scooter could be just the thing to keep it under control. A mobility scooter can be great for simplifying the kinds of longer journeys and more demanding chores that may otherwise leave you in pain and discomfort after walking.
It could also open the door to more ambitious outings and enjoyable days away from home, enabling you to travel much further than you normally would.
- You’re Worried About Falling
It is natural to become more worried about falling (and the potential consequences of suffering a fall) as you get older. The same also applies to individuals with a broad range of more general health and mobility issues, which can make potentially dangerous falls considerably more likely.
When this fear of falling sets in, it can make it difficult to head out and about with any kind of confidence; what may once have seemed like fairly simple trips suddenly become quite daunting and may even be given up indefinitely. Should this be the case, a mobility scooter could be just the thing to give you the confidence you need to maintain your freedom.
- You Struggle to Get Out and About in Bad Weather
People with mobility issues (and those who rely on canes, frames, crutches etc.) are naturally concerned about getting out and about in bad weather. When the ground is wet, icy, or slippery for any reason, it can pose a major risk to individuals with mobility issues.
This is where a mobility scooter could make all the difference, enabling you to get out and about in all weather. However slick and slippery it gets, an all-weather mobility scooter will enable you to get where you need to be in complete safety and confidence.
Head over to our mobility scooters section for more information on our full product range, or contact a member of the team at Mobility Smart anytime for more information.