Mobility Options for Aging in Place
Updated for October, 2021
Most people nearing the age of retirement have plans to remain living in their own home for as long as possible. Unfortunately, healthy aging isn’t a guarantee; in fact, it’s estimated that 40% of people age 65 and older have at least one disability, and two-thirds of those with disabilities have trouble with mobility. Challenges with getting around the house can make aging in place a greater challenge, but the good news is that there are plenty of mobility options for seniors that can allow them to remain at home and retain their independence.
Both power wheelchairs and mobility scooters serve the main purpose of getting seniors around with the push of a button or lever.
Power Chairs vs. Mobility Scooters
For starters, seniors with mobility problems may want to consider investing in a power chair, a mobility scooter, or both to get around more easily both inside and outside the house. Both power wheelchairs and mobility scooters serve the main purpose of getting seniors around with the push of a button or lever. However, there are some important differences between the two to be aware of.
Automatic Stair Lift
Automatic stair lifts make it possible to reach the second level.
Mainly, power chairs are designed to be used inside and outside the home. They have a longer battery life than a mobility scooter, tend to be collapsible/foldable for easy transport, and can handle hills and rougher terrain.
A mobility scooter, on the other hand, is generally designed to be used on shorter jaunts and by those with greater mobility. These are ideal options for those who can get around the home just fine, but may need help getting around the grocery store or other larger areas.
Another retrofit to consider for your home, particularly if your home spans more than one story, is a stair lift. These are motorized devices that carry you smoothly and safely up and down flights of stairs while you remain seated. These are great for those who have difficulty getting up and down stairs or who are concerned about falling, as well as those who use a power chair exclusively to get around.
Finally, many seniors also hire regular meal delivery services to save them the hassle of going grocery shopping. There are plenty of options for home delivery, ranging from pre-cooked meals to delivery of groceries, so you can choose the option that best suits your needs.
Aging in place with mobility problems is possible with a little help from these mobility and transport services. Which ones will you consider for yourself?