Research highlights reluctance to use mobility aids due to others’ perceptions
A recent survey by RELYNC has found that over half of British adults would not want to use current mobility equipment due to what others might think.
Surveying 1,003 British adults, RELYNC commissioned the research to mark the launch of its RELYNC mobility scooter, which aims to change the face of mobility devices.
The research highlights the stigma around using a mobility scooter in social situations, such as on a date, on a night out with friends or even day-to-day life, with many people feeling as though they would not use current products out of fear of how others may view them.
The research found that 57 percent would be concerned about using current models of mobility scooters in day-to-day life out of fears it could impact on their social status.
1 in 3 participants admitted that they would not use mobility scooters in their current form, even if they became dependent on them to get around, due to outdated designs.
Additionally, 87 percent said that 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 percent, closely followed with fears around social stigmas (54 percent) being associated with those who use them.
Furthermore, only 15 percent would be willing to use one when on a first date, while less than one in five said they would do so on a night out with friends.
Ellen Zha, Global Sales Director at RELYNC.com, 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.”
The research suggests that the current variety of mobility aids on offer is not as appealing to its prospective market as it could be.
Ellen added: “The continuous developments in the mobility market means many of the familiar aids are tired and outdated 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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