Mobility Scooters: Giant Step Towards Social Participation

Mobility Scooters

Walking is highly regarded in our society. This is evident in popular sayings such as:
“Every journey begins with one footstep”;
“Standing on your own two feet”;
“One small step for man; one giant leap for mankind”; and
“Pull yourself up by your boot strap.”

But what is interesting is that many of us cannot even walk a quarter mile.

The National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) reported in 2009 that 11 million who described themselves as having activity limitation due to their arthritis said that they cannot walk ¼ mile.

4 Wheel Mobility Scooter

With the aging population in the US, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that in 2015 about one out of every 5 US adults has doctor-diagnosed arthritis.

Arthritis is a catch-all term to describe 100 rheumatic diseases and conditions that affect joints, the tissues that surround the joint and other connective tissue.

Many of those who cannot walk far enough lead an isolated life. They participate less in outings with family and friends. They go out of their houses less often.

Mobility Scooter

Having arthritis is not a license to isolate oneself. The Prowler 3-wheel mobility scooter is one intervention that will allow you to go out safely and independently to places more than a quarter mile.

Mobility scooters are power-operated vehicles that are controlled via a mechanical tiller system. Some scooters have 3 wheels while others have 4 wheels.

Advantages

Mobility scooters reduce social isolation; improve social participation; and improve overall quality of life. A study by Löfqvist et al. found that shopping and visiting family and friends became easier with mobility scooters. The study also found that independence outdoors and indoors increased because of this assistive device.

Another advantage of using this assistive device is that it conserves energy. Conserving one’s energy is an efficient means to preserve productivity and mobility.

Mobility is defined as the ability to move freely and safely. It is functional when one is able to go where he or she wishes to go without draining one’s limited energy or compromising one’s safety.

With the Prowler 3-wheel mobility scooter, you can travel up to 23 miles with a maximum cruising range of 7 miles per hour.

Checklist

Prior to buying this assistive technology, check for the following:
-You can walk even for a short distance.
-You can sit down and stand up from a chair safely and without assistance from anyone.
-You have a good arm to operate the tiller steering mechanism.
-You have a good balance and good trunk control when sitting.

Safety Features

The Prowler 3-wheel mobility scooter comes with the following safety features:
-High ground clearance;
-Headlight, horn, turn signals, dual rearview mirrors;
-Anti-tip wheels; and
-Hand-operated drum brake for use when extra-quick stops are needed.

  


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