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Should she still use my mobility scooter?

Thomas77

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Jul 12, 2021
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Hello everyone, this is my first post but hope you can advise me. My wife (71 years old) has dementia which slowly progresses. There is nothing we really can do about it, we are old people, but I want to ask a question here that concerns me deeply. You see, we both have our class 3 mobility scooters, because neither of us can walk long distances anymore. We used to ride them together often, but recently I feel anxiety when I watch her ride hers. I mean, with dementia you cannot be 100% sure she won't forget about braking or other things. Should she keep using such vehicle? She won't like switch to wheelchair, she is pretty defensive about the issue, but I worry it is a matter of time before she crashes her scooter into something or someone. I looked into double seater scooters, but turns out stupid law in UK doesn't allow them to be used.
 

Shedrech

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Dec 15, 2012
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hello @Thomas77
a warm welcome to DTP
it's great that you both have been able to get out together

I think you're right to be concerned, and I wonder whether something has happened that has made you worry a bit ... all you can do is monitor how your wife is coping and maybe over time slightly alter where you go, so she's less likely to have problems

might you ask your GP for a referral to an Occupational Therapist who may have some useful suggestions for you
 

Grannie G

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Hello @Thomas77 Welcome to Dementia Talking Point.

I wonder if you can seek any medical advice about your wife`s safety in her mobility scooter. I suppose it is akin to safety for drivers with dementia on the road. Your wife`s mobility scooter may not cause the carnage a road traffic accident may cause but she could hurt someone badly if she lost control and it is obvious you have some cause for concern.

I understand how dreadful it would be for your wife to lose what is left of her independence but even that is better than an accident.

Perhaps you could consult your doctor and blame any decision on them. I used to blame our doctor for all the decisions I made for my husband. He would not fight against medical advice in the way he would fight against mine.
 

Sarasa

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Hi @Thomas77 and welcome to Dementia Talking Point. I think chatting to your GP about a referal to an occupational therapist seems the way to go. I know you don't want to limit your wife's independence, but I would be worried if she did forget to break or lost patience with other pavement users. I'm deaf, and I've nearly been mown down on several occasions by people using scooters who have been cross I haven't leapt out of their way. I really can't hear them creeping up behind me. I do apologise when they shout at me, but I'm not sure if all of them really understood my problem. Maybe in the meantime limit yourself to easy to navigate routes.
 

ganymede

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Apr 28, 2021
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Hello @Thomas77, like you, my dad is getting older and looking after his wife (my mum) who is living with dementia. Mum was recently stopped from driving her car by the doctor and so we got Dad a mobility scooter. I was frustrated too that 2-person scooters are not allowed because it would have been ideal for them!

Dad and I had a similar conversation about whether Mum would be safe on a scooter of her own. The paperwork we got when we bought his scooter does stress that the scooter driver has to take responsibility for making sure they are safe to drive.

I found out that a lot of local mobility scooter shops/centres do a training course and assessment to see if someone is safe. Perhaps one way to ease your mind would be to book you both in for "refresher training"?

Another thought: Could you change your wife's scooter to a Class 2 (pavement only, 4mph limit) instead of a Class 3 (allowed on the road, 8mph limit)? Maybe keeping to a 4mph limit might help to reduce risks? [I just edited this sentence because I realised you said above you have Class 3 at present].

It sounds like you're doing a wonderful job supporting your wife and continuing to keep life as enjoyable and independent as you can.

Best wishes.