Area residents who’ve thought of buying a scooter to help them stay independently mobile and active will have the chance to try one out when they visit the Shoppers Home Health Care booth at the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce Trade Show this Friday and Saturday.
“It’s going to be quite the booth,” enthused Gary Taylor, manager of the Shoppers Home Health Care store here, which is located in the Rainy Lake Plaza by Sunset Shell.
“People will be able to try the scooters out right there, go for a spin around the [curling arena] floor, or take one outside,” he said.
“If they want to try [a scooter] in their home environment, we offer free delivery and home assessment, too,” he added.
Scooters are beneficial for people with arthritis, respiratory disorders, and those who do not drive a vehicle any longer.
Scooters come in three- and four-wheel designs, are battery-operated, quiet, sturdy, and must be operated under the guidelines of the municipal bike laws. Depending on the model, scooter prices range from $3,000-6,000.
Taylor said the store had sold more than 20 scooters across the district in the last two years, and—given the statistics—expected that number to increase.
“We’re finding [sales] are going along with the demographics of this area and the aging population,” he said.
“Statistics show that people here are 10 percent older than anywhere else in Ontario [and] oddly enough, the oldest people in the U.S. live in northern Minnesota,” he added.
The Shoppers Home Health Care booth also will showcase wheelchairs, walkers, bathroom supplies, and lift chairs.
“A lift chair is a power chair that can help stand somebody up,” Taylor explained, noting people with hip fractures and knee replacements could benefit from the device.
Brochures and catalogues will be available on Shoppers’ many other aids and services, including home oxygen, supports and braces, respiratory equipment, mastectomy and incontinence products, daily living, diagnostic, and therapy supplies.