Top 5 Features to Consider When Buying a Scooter

Is it seemingly getting more and more difficult to get around your home? What about getting in and out of the grocery store? Aging can sometimes make it hard for us to admit we need help with our mobility. Don’t be embarrassed! Mobility scooters are popular because they help you maintain your independence and get around—with ease, might I add—in your everyday life.

Purchasing a scooter can seem like a tedious task. How do you do it? Where do you start? Where do you go? It doesn’t have to be that way! That is why the team members at New Visions Medical have put together the top 5 things you should consider when purchasing a scooter.

5 Considerations When Purchasing a Scooter

  1. Maximum weight capacity. We never want to talk about weight, but it’s essential when it comes to buying a mobility scooter. If you weigh over 250 lbs., then you may need to purchase a more durable scooter to help you get around most efficiently. Every mobility scooter has a maximum weight capacity for optimum performance. You need to make sure you find the right one for you.
  2. Ease of maneuverability. Where do you plan to use the scooter? If you plan to use the scooter in a supermarket or home, you may need a scooter that has a tighter turning radius. A 3-wheeled scooter is known for having the best turning radius; however, you still want to make sure it fits your other needs, too. When purchasing a scooter, ask the provider to demonstrate the turning capability so you can make sure it fits your needs for your everyday tasks.
  3. Flexibility and comfortability of arms and seat. If you will be getting in and out of your scooter on a regular basis, you will want arms that rotate back and allow you to get on and off the scooter with ease. In regards to the seat, if you are getting on and off the scooter frequently, the standard seat is should be suitable for your needs. But if you plan to spend the majority of your time on your scooter, consider looking into a more comfortable seat that has extra padding. If you are going to be on your scooter most of your time throughout your day, the last thing you want is to be uncomfortable!
  4. How easy it will transport. A commonly overlooked factor when purchasing a scooter is how easy it will be to transport. This is a very important element to your scooter purchase and should not be overlooked. How can you transport your scooter with ease? If you plan to travel with your scooter, you want one that can be dismantled easily or one that you can load and take with you without a hassle. This can often be a challenge because you really don’t know how easy it will be to load it into your car until you try! Practice with a scooter at the store before you make your purchase in order to ensure you are getting what you need.
  5. Where it will be used. Think about how you live day to day. Will you use your scooter in your home or outside more? These are important factors to consider when selecting your scooter. If you will be using over a rough terrain, you should consider a 4-wheeled scooter. But if your scooter will be used mostly indoors or tight spaces in your home, consider looking at the various options for 3-wheeled scooters. These factors all play an important role in the type of scooter you will want to make your day-to-day tasks much simpler.

We know that selecting a mobility scooter is not an easy task, but is one that needs careful consideration in order to properly meet your daily needs. If you think a scooter might be the right choice for you or your loved one, be sure to check out our products page, or give us a call us at 419.678.4979 to discover how New Visions Medical can help you find the right scooter for your needs!

You Can’t Get Out of the Car…Now What?

Basic moves such as getting out of chairs, beds and even cars can become a common issue as seniors begin to age. If your senior is unable to get out of the car on his or her own when traveling to holiday parties, the grocery store or doctor appointments it can be frustrating and difficult for the both of you. Mobility issues can easily become a major concern and should be properly addressed as soon as possible in order to prevent serious injury in your senior.

3 Reasons for Mobility Issues

Here are 3 reasons your senior may have mobility issues when getting in and out of the car and how you can help:

1.Arthritis Pain. One of the most common, and also most painful, conditions as one ages is the development of arthritis in the hands, wrists, knees, ankles and other various body parts. Developing arthritis can cause your senior to feel pain and stiffness in their body over time. This in turn can prevent them from participating in daily activities with ease.

2.Trouble with Balance. There are a number of changes that occur as one ages, and balance declination ranks fairly high on the list. This is due to a number of things such as decreased ability to focus, blood pressure dips and the decline of the vestibular system that controls our balance. As seniors age, many health problems can interfere with their balance, increasing their risk for falls. Try talking to your senior about getting a cane or walker to help keep them steady.

3.Loss of Strength. As people age their skeletal muscle mass slowly begins to deteriorate, causing what were once simple tasks to become more challenging. If your senior is struggling to get in and out of the car, try inserting an “assist grab bar” into any vehicle your senior may be riding in. This will help them to pull themselves up and out of the car, making it much easier on their bodies and decreasing their risk of falling.

Not only will paying attention to the mobility issues listed above help your senior get in and out of the car better, but it will also help them in other aspects of their life such as getting in and out of the living room chair, moving around the house and helping them navigate through the crowded halls at their grandchildren’s sporting events. Consider getting grab assist bars to place not only in your aging senior’s car, but also in and outside of their shower to prevent falls from the slippery environment in the bathroom.

Is your senior experiencing mobility issues and need more assistance? Check out our products page to see what we have to offer or stop in today to try out our stair lifts–we are offering $150 off the purchase of any stair lift this month!

3 Ways Seniors Can Eat Healthy During the Winter

Lunch on terraceDuring this time of year, the risk of colds, flus and injuries are at their highest for all of us, especially seniors. Seniors need to be aware of the dangers of illness and how to proactively avoid possible life-threatening conditions. One of the most important things we can do is provide our bodies with healthy foods to give us the necessary fuel to boost immunity and fight off unwanted germs.

3 Ways Seniors Can Eat Healthy During the Winter

1. Eat From All Food Groups.

  • Group 1 – Fruits and Vegetables: incorporate lots of  dark green, red, orange and yellow fruits and veggies into your diet. They are loaded with natural disease-fighting nutrients.
  • Group 2 – Grains: focus on fiber since it helps with digestion. Be sure to increase fiber slowly and to increase fluids at the same time. If you have an intestinal disease, check with your doctor first before increasing your fiber.
  • Group 3 – Milk and Milk Alternatives: Getting enough calcium is highly important for bone and muscle health and especially important in the prevention of osteoporosis. We also need vitamin D, which helps us fight off depression and the winter blues. Try eating more milk, cheese, yogurt, etc.
  • Group 4 – Meat and Meat Alternatives: We need this group for protein, vitamins and minerals. Protein helps repair muscles and keeps us well nourished. Focus on eating more fish, poultry, lentils, chickpeas, nuts and seeds.

 

2. Drink Water. Water makes up most of our body and it is used in the transport of medications, for digestion, for circulation and for our joints and muscles. Water is also essential for our concentration and for our cognitive functioning. Limit sugary juices and caffeine as they actually promote dehydration. If you are not a fan of water, try adding in some lemon, cucumber or fruits -they will alter the flavor and add additional nutrients. Bottom line, the more water you drink, the more you will become accustomed to it and begin to crave it!

3. Have Someone Else Cook. There are many services available for seniors who struggle with either preparing healthy meals or just have a hard time getting to the store during the winter. Check your local resources and see what options are available where you live. In addition, there are many non-profit organizations, such as churches, that offer shut-in meal programs for individuals who need assistance. Don’t be afraid to check into these options and never be afraid to ask for help!

Eating a healthy diet full of good foods can actually help with pain and inflammation. For more information regarding pain management, stop by New Visions in Coldwater to try our line of pain relief products that can benefit you! We are offering $50.00 off the LaserTouchOne right now! Come in and try it out!

Why Is my Parent Having Trouble Walking?

Senior helping another walkAs parents age, they tend to have some physical changes and mobility issues indicating they are slowing down. Many of these signs deal with their ability to move around and get going. How do you know your parent is struggling with moving?

Common signs your parents are having mobility problems include:

  • Unsteadiness while walking. Sometime this means the muscles are getting weaker and your parent may have difficulty moving, but sometimes this can be an even bigger issue. Having a conversation with mom or dad about the issue is important in order to understand what is going on with their mobility. You need to make sure there is not another medical issue contributing to their slow moving life now.
  • Difficulty getting in and out of chairs. While aging, it can be difficult to navigate in and out of chairs, especially big, soft chairs that you can sink into. Many times aging adults have this problem because they are not as strong as they used to be and they have not worked on muscle strength in order to be able to get in and out of chairs easily.
  • Slow moving after a fall or muscle strain. Many times moving after a fall when you are older is not an easy task. It takes time to get up and around to do tasks you might have taken for granted. Oftentimes after a fall, aging parents become sedentary because they are afraid of falling again. To help them regain strength and mobility you might need to get them therapy. Falling is the biggest fear of aging adults and recovery after falling can be most difficult.
  • Muscle weakness or joint problems. By not staying active it can be very damaging as you age. You will not have the muscle strength to move like you used to. It is very important to encourage your aging parents to stay active so they will not lose muscle mass.

If your parent has any number of these signs they need your attention and maybe a medical expert’s advice as well. You want and need to understand why mom or dad has mobility problems. Your goal is to help them reduce risks and work on building their strength in order to stay strong.

Tips for helping parents improve their mobility

  • Encourage them to stay active to build or retain strength.
  • Reduce hazards in the home for falls.
  • Make sure to report any reoccurring falls to medical experts.
  • Help them understand the aging process for them.

 

Creating ease of mind in the winter months ahead

Recently a friend came in the shop and was very worried about her mom getting around at the grocery store. She knew her mom was capable, but with winter weather coming, she worried about her falling or slipping. I recommended she look at a walker or maybe even a scooter. These mobility tools could ease her mind and help her mom be confident as she performed her daily tasks.

Are you concerned with your parents’ mobility and wonder what to do? Visit our Coldwater store and we will help you find the right fit for your parent.

We still have $150.00 off scooters in the store! Stop by and let us help you!

Your Senior Wants to Avoid Taking a Shower, What?

Senior in bathtubMany times elderly are accused of not wanting to practice good hygiene. Often they are simply terrified of falling in the shower, and this is the reason, seniors avoid bathing and the dreaded shower. How can you help your loved one, and still let them maintain their independence and pride?

 3 Simple Rules to Help You Now:

  1. Keep Path Clean and Dry. One of the biggest reasons seniors fear the bathroom and taking a shower is getting to the shower without tripping on a rug or cord, or slipping on a wet floor. Nothing worse than tensing up trying to step into a shower and trying not to fall. Sometimes the senior may successfully get in the shower, but don’t really move around. They may stand perfectly still, so they do not step wrong and fall.
  1. Have Modifications to Shower. Do you need a medical seat or a built in seat? How about some grab bars for balance? These are all modifications to your shower that can make the shower experience for a senior less intimidating. Either or both devices help the senior relax and take a shower. You can eliminate some of the fear and anxiety of falling, if they have either one for balance and safety.
  1. Practice Patience.  Sometimes a senior will allow family to help them, but more common than not, they do not want anyone seeing them in the buff. How do you assure them you are not rushing and are available to help or wait? Approach the subject gently and ask what they want. What will make them comfortable, and how can you help. Your help may simply consist of getting the water started and putting a medical seat in the shower, or you could be help them undressing and washing part of their body. It is totally up to them, but you have to be patient, and it will go much smoother.

Bottom line is when helping a senior shower or get into the shower, let them know you are not looking, judging, or rushing. You are just there for safety. You need to provide a positive reinforcement, so they are not fearful of the shower, but relaxed and ready to scrub.

Need help with bath safety supplies? Stop by New Visions and see how we can make your bath experience one without fear.