Mobility scooters have become lighter and more manoeuvrable in recent years, making life more easier for people that need them as well as carers and supporters who help transport them.
They’ve also become more popular, says Troy Drage, general manager of Mobility and Therapy Centres.
“Peoples minds have definitely opened up about living better with aids, wheather it be a scooter, a walker or any other aid for the home or on the go.” he says.
“Its all about maintaining one’s independence and keeping people longer at home than before.”
Mr. Drage says its hard to keep up with demand for scooters.
“We started ordering 10 to 15 a month just a few years ago but today we are generally inporting 50 to 60 a month,” he says.
“People used to feel a bit awkward about having a scooter, but not any more.”
“In future they’ll be making roads for them.”
The aging of the population has much to do with it too. The Australian Bureau of Statistics projects the number of Australians aged 65 to 84 to reach four million by 2022 after sitting at just 2.4 million in 2007, as the aging baby boomer generation ages.
The numbers will grow to about 6.4 million by 2056, according to the ABS.
The budget-line Dreamrider Scooter is at the forefront of MTC’s range priced at about $2200.
“It’s an ideal reliable scooter with a motor (up to 1 horsepower) that will get you most places you need to go,” Mr. Drage says. “They come with mirrors, walking-stick holders and front and rear baskets included.”
Most scooters generally have a top speed of 10km/h but people also need to consider how far it will travel, the life span of batteries and the terrain it will tackle, up or down hill. There are three-wheeler and two seat models available too.
Transit walkers have also been a boost for those with mobility or health issues.
“It’s basically a walker that turns into a wheelchair,” Mr. Drage says. “They’re lighter and easier to manoeuvre.”
The centre’s Ritecare transit walkers cost from $139 to about $230. “They solve the problem of getting from the car to the shop and back. Mr Drage says.
Story by: The Adelaide Advertiser.