Many elderly or infirm people do not want to give up their independence or abilities so easily. However, when safety concerns and quality of life issues appear, mobility scooters or power chairs can help. Still, the individual may resist and it is your job as a loved one or caregiver to help ease their transition to this type of assistance.
1 - Focus on the Benefits of Increased Mobility
While some see mobility scooters as a sign of lost independence, they really do just the opposite. When walking becomes more difficult, the last thing people should do is become more sedentary and reclusive. Instead, these powered chairs or scooters can help then maintain a more active lifestyle.
2 -Pick Power Chairs With Great Style
An option that looks and feels exactly like a wheelchair may enhance the feeling that the person is old, ill, or disabled, which can have negative impacts on their emotional wellbeing. Of course, caregivers should choose the proper type of seat for the individual. Selecting one that looks more sleek, modern, and comfortable can help the device feel more fun and liberating than anything else.
3 - Start the Transition Early But Think Long-Term
Mobility chairs with motors and joystick controls give the person using it the power to pilot their own life and activities without getting too tired to enjoy them. Suggest a scooter or electric wheelchair early and get them used to the idea before it becomes a full-time necessity. Remember, however, that one option might not be ideal for years to come. Optional caregiver controls can help when the person is no longer able to navigate on their own.