MY MIL has mentioned to us several times lately (I have heard her say this to people who call her or that she calls as well) that when she can no longer walk she will just buy one of those scooters.
I personally feel that she should stay mobile/active herself - I fear that once she stops moving and decides to sit on a scooter all the time that basically 'it's all over,' Am I wrong?
We told her that all those smiling faces on TV are ACTORS - and they are YOUNG and in good health (she is 87 ). We keep telling her that what you don't use you LOSE. We have already decided that once she cannot get up and down herself and in and out of bed herself - we will make other arrangements for her care. I cannot lift her (she weighs twice what I do) and my husband has rotator cuff issues and can no longer lift her.
She can barely get out of her recliner now on her own (we have even modified it by placing it on a taller base so that it is higher and extending the arms for more 'push'). She has used a folding walker 100% of the time for almost 3 years now. Much of the time - she does not lift her feet when she walks - she just shuffles. I have to lift her legs in and out of the car - she can no longer lift them herself. She uses bed-rails to help turn in bed. She uses a beside commode because walking 15 steps to the toilet is too far. She has a bedroom suite with walk in shower and stool and sink - but refuses to walk that far most of the time.
She has definitely become frail in the last year.
Has anyone else had experience with mobility scooters - pro and con?
They are not always covered by Medicare. I watch her ride scooters at Wal Mart and the thought of her bumping into and scraping everything in our home does not thrill me. (of course she didn't MEAN to) I realize that the scooters for home use are smaller - but they still depend on the driver not to run into things. She backs into clothes racks, knocks over displays, etc at stores. The last time she drove the car (3 years ago) she came home with a huge dent in the door and didn't know how it happened. Someone must have run into her. :0) (we don't know what happened to the other guy :0(