Preliminary evaluation of electric scooter related problems in continuing care retirement communities (CCRC)

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2003-08
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Hart, Traci A.
Sifrit, Kathy J.
Chaparro, Alex
Stumpfhauser, Laszlo
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Hart, T.A., Sifrit, K.J., Chaparro, A., & Stumpfhauser, L. (2003). Preliminary evaluation of electric scooter related problems in continuing care retirement communities (CCRC). Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting, 47(12), 1536-1539.

Abstract

Electric Scooters are assistive devices that have been well received by the older adult population (65 years and older). The increase in usage of these scooters is causing a number of problems for Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC) that allow residents to operate them within their facilities. Due to a lack of literature addressing the use of electric scooters, interviews were conducted with three Kansas CCRC s and secondary data sources were analyzed to begin identifying the problems associated with the use of electric scooters. A number of important issues surrounding the use of scooters in CCRC facilities were identified including: 1) an apparent discrepancy between the problems identified in government databases and those reported by staff at CCRC facilities, 2) limited or non-existent driver training and education, 3) the misuse of scooters by drivers, and 4) an incompatibility between the scooters design and the target population.

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