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Scooting around the house and doing the boot scooter boogie around the office or at school is fun, but the docs say you need some time walking as well. Unlike wheelchairs, scooters aren't meant for people to stay seated 24/7 but intended for people with some mobility problems to get out and about easier. Plus, you may need to sit or stand since scooters won't park in front of desks or tables.
If you use a mobility scooter, you're able to walk with some assistance. You still have the use of your legs. You need to build upper body strength.
Whenever you need to walk, say to the pool for aquatic exercise, we recommend a folding or telescoping cane that you can transport easily in your scooter basket. If your doctor prescribes crutches, you can buy collapsible crutches. You're on the go and don't have time to waste with bulky mobility aids!
After all, the whole point of a scooter is to preserve your independence, and if you have the option to walk, do the mobility aids boogie once more with feeling!
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|