Yep... I'm whining again, BUT...
I think Dad is getting to the point where the motorized scooter is becoming more of a curse than a blessing. Though legally blind, Dad can still see objects and people relatively well, so the used motorized scooter I bought him was a godsend.
Without it, Dad wouldn't be able to get around well at all. As his COPD progresses, even short walks are difficult. BUT, his dementia seems to be getting worse, and he insists that his scooter is broken, but THERE'S NOTHING WRONG WITH IT!!!!
I usually just fiddle with it for a few minutes, announce that it's repaired and that seems to satisfy Dad, but the "It's broken" saga is starting to get on my nerves. The only issues are that he forgets to plug it in at night when he goes to bed, and the UN Assisted Living staff hardly ever remembers to do it despite me asking them to help repeatedly. It's in his care plan. I've seen it. How they can't seem to plug the damn thing in when they give Dad his evening medicine is completely beyond me... yet I digress...
I have also noticed that Dad is struggling more with remembering how to operate the thing. I don't think he's going to be able to manage it cognitively. A "normal" person would understand to wait a couple of seconds before trying to engage the machine after turning the key. Dad doesn't get that or forgets to count to three after turning it on like we've practiced.
In addition, I notice that the speed dial is turned all the way down. Dad turns is because he doesn't remember what the dial does. He then says the scooter is "dragging" but it's on the slowest setting. I thought about putting some tape over the speed dial to keep him from moving it (or worse, turning UP the speed and hurting someone).
Without this scooter, Dad would be bound to his room which I painfully learned recently would be miserable for EVERYONE. Dad refuses a wheelchair and probably wouldn't be able to operate it himself with his lung issues.
Does this ever end? And yes, after the 50th time hearing "I need a new scooter", I announced, of course to no avail, that the scooter is fine.