Over half of people ‘reluctant to use mobility aids currently on the market’

Over half of British adults have admitted they would be reluctant to use the current mobility aids available to them should they come to rely on them later in life, due to what others might think, according to a recent survey.

According to the survey of 1,003 British adults, commissioned by RELYNC, a ‘smart mobility scooter’ manufacturer, as many as 57% say they would be concerned about using current models of mobility scooter in day-to- day life, out of fears it could impact on their social status.

One in three British adults admit that they would not use them in their current form due to out of date designs, even if they became reliant on these kinds of devices to get around.

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An overwhelming 87% admitted the reason they would not use the current products is due to worries about how others may perceive them as a result.

The visual design of these kinds of devices was an issue for 62%, closely followed with fears around social stigmas (54%) being associated with those who use them.

Just 15% would be willing to use one when on a first date, while less than one in five (19%) said they would do so on a night out with friends.

Ellen Zha, global sales director at RELYNC, commented: “Unfortunately it isn’t uncommon for those people who use mobility devices to feel a little self-conscious, especially if they’re just starting to use them.

“These devices are designed to enable people to continue to be independent – but in many cases the products that have existed to date have not progressed in terms of visual design and technology at the same rate as other kinds of devices. This is clearly leading to some people having reservations about using them.

“Mobility devices aren’t just for the disabled and offer a great benefit to those individuals who are injured or simply lacking fitness. Whatever the circumstances, there is no shame in using a device that will grant independence.”

Zha added: “The continuous developments in the mobility market means many of the aids are familiar are tired and out dated in terms of design.

“However, the new wave of mobility products are much more aesthetically attractive and consumer friendly. These new designs are changing the image of mobility devices forever and mean people can enjoy using them with pride.”

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