Pros and Cons of Retirement Homes

Pros and Cons of Retirement Homes

When you think about retirement, you think about spending time doing what you want and what you’ve always wanted to do. Spending your retirement in a retirement home isn’t always the first thing that comes to mind. However, many retirees find themselves enjoying and making the most out of living in retirement homes. For some people, it is the best option as it helps make things easier and more convenient. Which then allows them to fully enjoy their retirement. We put together some pros and cons of living in a retirement home. First, let’s start with the pros.

Pros of Retirement Homes


Retirement homes offer a community to which you can be a part of and contribute. Retirement communities are usually made up of folks close in age with a lot in common. This can open the opportunity to make new friends and you can plan to do things together. Some communities offer community gardens that allow everyone to take part in gardening and growing food together. Some also offer various social gatherings, events, and even trips!

Health and Fitness

Since retirement homes and communities are centred around the aging population, certain amenities and services are provided to help keep you happy and healthy. Most retirement homes and communities offer a gym so you can stay on top of your health and fitness. Some even have a pool! It is common for trainers at the gym to hold fitness classes tailored to people of retirement age. So, the workouts are not too strenuous. In addition to a gym, occupational and physical therapy are often offered in retirement homes and communities. In some instances, a medical clinic is located on or nearby. This can help retirees stay on top of their medical needs without going too far from home. 

Retirement Homes - Healthy Living


Depending on your budget and where you choose to live, some retirement homes and communities offer meal services. This helps take the stress of making regular trips to the grocery store. Not to mention spending money on groceries and finding the time to cook off you. Sometimes, you can work with the staff to come up with the perfect meal plan for you. So, you will never have to worry about what your next meal is. Some retirement homes offer a cafeteria, cafe or restaurant setting where retirees can gather for meals. Although some folks prefer to stay in and eat in their home. On holidays, there are usually special festive meals and treats offered to everyone in the community. This helps brighten up holidays in retirement communities. And is sure to put smiles on many faces!


Of course, how can you enjoy your retirement in peace without ensuring you can do so safely? Many retirement homes and communities offer security to help keep you safe and give you peace of mind. The security can vary depending on where you choose to live. Some retirement communities are gated and require special keys or badges to enter. In addition to this, it is common for some higher-end retirement communities to have surveillance and law enforcement patrols throughout the community. Homes within retirement communities usually have home security systems including alarms, motion sensor lights and surveillance cameras to ensure safety. Apartment buildings for retirees are another option with good security. They usually always have locked doors and require you to have your own specific key to enter. Some buildings have a security guard on duty around the clock. These locations are usually heavily monitored by surveillance cameras. And, visitors may need to be buzzed in by the resident. On some occasions, visitors will need to stop by the security desk to sign in and out. This is very helpful when you consider how easily retirees can be targeted for crimes, and security in some way, shape or form.

Pet Friendly

Some retirement homes and communities may require a fee for pets or have a policy preventing you from having pets. While this is the case with some retirement homes and communities, many are pet friendly! People who operate retirement homes usually understand the positive impact animals can have on a person. Especially one that lives alone. Animals are wonderful companions and have been proven to help relieve stress and make people happier. In addition, some retirees have service and emotional support animals that are assigned and deemed medically necessary for an individual. Although there can be size and breed restrictions to having pets, there are plenty of options for pets that are reasonable and fit within the requirements. As you get further into retirement, it may be best to keep a pet that is smaller and requires less maintenance and energy to handle. Now that you are familiar with the pros, let’s go over the cons of living in a retirement home.

Retirement Living - Pets

Cons of Retirement Homes

Social Life

Since you’re no longer in your own home, hosting family gatherings can be a challenge. Retirement homes have set, and sometimes limited, visiting hours. And, some may even put limits on group sizes. On top of that, some retirement homes have policies that mandate social engagements as a way to stay socially healthy and involved with your peers. While the intentions are good, and most engagements are positive and fun, it is understandable that people in retirement may want to socialize and spend time with family more than their fellow residents. 


As expected, another downfall to retirement homes is cost. While retirement homes can be less expensive and more affordable for many, some still find cost to be a challenge. Some homes mandate extra fees and dues for certain activities and amenities offered. There is the option of all-inclusive retirement homes. However, the cost of living in an all-inclusive retirement home can be high. For these instances, proper planning is best as getting set up in an all-inclusive retirement home requires advance planning, and sometimes a large chunk of your savings. 

No Pets / Pets Cost Extra

Do you plan on keeping or getting a pet when you move for retirement? You may need to pay extra to keep a pet if you choose to live in a retirement home or community. You will also need to ensure your pet stays out of trouble, stay on top of the upkeep for your pet, and make sure it does not cause any issues with other retirees. Size and breed restrictions may also be enforced. In some instances, retirement homes and communities have a policy that prevents anyone from keeping any animals as pets. Usually for safety and for the medical consideration of those who may have phobias or severe allergies. It can be very difficult to give up a longtime companion simply cause you need to move due to retirement making it a very tough decision. 

With that said, you should not let the cons of living in a retirement home prevent you from possibly missing out on a wonderful experience and opportunity to have a fulfilling retirement in a retirement home.

Retiring with EasyGo

Regardless of where you decide to live for retirement, retirees everywhere trust EasyGo for their mobility needs. Our power chairs offer foldable and portable convenience in a lightweight patented design at an affordable cost that fits the budget of any retiree. Our Elite Power Chair is our best seller. And, it weighs only 50 lbs. with the battery removed. It holds a max weight of 264 lbs. and drives on 12-inch rear driving wheels that never go flat! You can enjoy the same lightweight portable convenience with our Standard Model, that weighs 45lbs. with the battery removed and holds a max weight of 250lbs. In addition, both EasyGo Models are foldable and can easily fit in your trunk! The sleek folding design, compact size, and smooth driving of the EasyGo Power Chairs makes it ideal for anyone in a retirement home and community. 


Retirement homes are not for everyone, but many have found them to be quite beneficial for their retirement. The changes in environment, social setting and cost may deter some from considering life in a retirement home and that is understandable. When you consider the security, community setting, and life enhancing amenities offered in retirement homes and communities, it makes sense why so many retirees choose to move into a retirement home. We hope this article helps and we thank you for choosing EasyGo Mobility.

7 Tips to Help You Stay Healthy as a Senior

7 Tips to Help You Stay Healthy as a Senior

Maintaining good health is important regardless of your age. With that said, maintaining good health as you age is crucial considering the many illnesses and disorders that are common among seniors. Fortunately, staying healthy and mindful of your health can greatly reduce your chances of developing life-changing and debilitating conditions such as Alzheimer’s, dementia, diabetes, osteoporosis, and arthritis. Here are a few tips to help stay healthy as a senior.

1. Get Lots of Sleep

It’s no secret that sleep is a very important part of staying healthy. Good sleep regularly will greatly improve your physical and mental health and play a positive role in your emotional health. When you are well rested, you can focus better and are usually in a better mood which can lead to better and more pleasant social interactions and productive activities. Giving your body the rest it needs improves its ability to fight off illnesses and lowers your risk of serious health problems such as a variety of mental illnesses, heart disease and obesity. Consult your doctor if you have trouble sleeping as it could be associated with sleep disorders such as insomnia and sleep apnea, which can prevent you from getting good restful sleep. Make sure you stick to a consistent sleep schedule and are getting sufficient sleep each night.

2. Form Healthy Eating Habits

When it comes to maintaining good health, what we eat makes a big difference. Everything we eat and drink affects our bodies in multiple ways, some good and some very bad. Having healthy eating habits ensures your body is getting the proper nutrients and fuel your body needs to function properly. How your food is cooked is also just as important as what you are eating. Food that is processed, deep fried, high in fat and sugar, and cold cuts are among some of the foods that can lead to obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and in some cases, cancer. Eating these foods occasionally, even though still unhealthy, won’t necessarily hurt your health as much as regularly eating unhealthily. 

Try to maintain a healthy diet that includes healthy and sensible portions of foods which provide the proper nutrition for your body’s needs. Healthy portions of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, fish, poultry, and foods rich in protein, fibre, and healthy fats and carbs are ideal. When cooking, try to limit the amount of fat used to cook your meals and try using the freshest ingredients available. Organic options are becoming more easily accessible. Organic foods usually contain fewer preservatives, pesticides and other food additives that could cause negative reactions within your body. Consult with a nutritionist to help learn more about healthy eating habits and help find the right diet for you.

Healthy Eating as an Adult

3. No Smoking and Limit Alcohol

Simply put, smoking and heavy alcohol consumption can do serious harm to your body that causes long-term effects. Smoking has caused multiple types of cancer, heart and respiratory disease, stroke, diabetes, and damage to your vital organs and affects those around you through secondhand smoke. Smoking has no benefit to your body or health. Heavily drinking alcohol is also damaging to your body. While an occasional beer or glass of wine won’t necessarily hurt you, excessive and binge drinking can cause serious problems. Heavy drinking leads to weight gain, high blood pressure, liver damage, weakened immune system, mental and social disorders, alcohol dependency, and even death due to alcohol poisoning. For your health’s sake, it’s best to refrain from smoking and limit your alcohol consumption.

4. Staying Active

Exercising and staying active for at least 30 minutes a day is highly recommended to maintain good health. Walking, jogging, riding a bike and swimming are a few activities you can do to stay active, as long as you are capable of such activities. You can also take part in other sports such as tennis and golf. Regular exercise promotes healthy joints and muscles and helps burn calories to keep excess weight off. It also builds your physical strength, endurance, confidence, and self-esteem. Getting outside in general is good for your health. The sun provides natural vitamin D which is important for your bones and blood cells. Studies have shown that being outside lifts people’s moods and promote better sleep, improved focus, improved immunity, and improved self-esteem. 

Activities such as gardening and landscaping, hiking, hunting, fishing, bird watching, and camping are all great options to get the most out of being outdoors. It is good to also be mindful of the weather and dress appropriately for those colder days. It is ideal to consider protection from the sun and apply high SPF sunblock and lip balm on those sunny and even the most cloudy days. Hats, long sleeves, and sunglasses also offer protection against the sun and help keep away those harmful UV rays that can cause sunburns and lead to skin cancer. Getting outside and staying active go hand in hand with each other and should be an important part of any lifestyle. 

5. See Your Doctor Regularly

Regular good visits with your doctor and various screenings are a very important part of staying healthy. Talk to your doctor about eye exams, hearing tests, bone density scans, and cancer screenings in addition to your regular visits. Be sure to request blood work to ensure your blood glucose, calcium and organ health are good. This is also a good opportunity to check your cholesterol, and blood pressure and to speak with your doctor about your mental health. Let your doctor know of any aches, pains, and any discomfort you may feel and be sure to mention if something doesn’t feel right. 

Your health is a priority so do not hesitate to ask as many questions during your visits and get the most vital information needed to help you maintain good health. Stay on top of any medications prescribed by your doctor and report any severe side effects. Also, if your doctor calls you to come in for a follow-up visit, it is for the best and you should not hesitate. Consulting with your doctor or team of care professionals is crucial to maintaining good health. 

Staying Healthy as a Senior

6. Be Happy

The last tip on this list is simple enough, be happy! Remain positive and do what you love. Whether it’s hiking, bird watching, travelling, going to the movies, playing music, or simply spending time with friends and family. Don’t hesitate to plan full days of fun. Plan days for yourself as well where you can relax peacefully at your favorite spa, or park, or maybe you just want to take it easy on your front porch or backyard. Your mood and outlook on life greatly impact your health, so make sure you are doing what you can to make time for what you enjoy. 

In fact, all the tips for staying healthy as a senior on this list will lead to happiness. When you get good sleep, eat healthy, limit your intake and exposure to harmful substances, stay active and regularly see your doctor, it will result in you being happy overall because you are living a healthy lifestyle and that alone is something to be happy about!

7. Staying Healthy with EasyGo

Here at EasyGo Mobility, we understand how important mobile independence is when it comes to staying healthy. Even though it can be difficult to stay active when you must rely on a mobility aid to get around, you can still live a happy and healthy lifestyle with EasyGo. Our power chairs have helped thousands of customers get their mobile independence back. EasyGo riders rely on their power chair to get them to and from their doctor’s appointments, grocery shopping, their favorite walking or hiking trails, and being outdoors with friends and family. 

Overall, EasyGo riders are happy to be able to just get around easier and enjoy the quality of life and mobile independence gave back to them by EasyGo. Our Standard and Elite models fold easily and fit into just about any trunk, even trunks on smaller cars such as Corvettes and Honda Civics. EasyGo power chairs weigh 50 – 56 lbs. depending on the model, and are TSA and FAA-approved making them ideal for travelling and driving up to 15 miles continuously driving on a single full battery charge. These features and others make EasyGo a worthy companion in helping you stay active and live a healthy lifestyle.

Elite Model Wheelchair

Final Words

These are just a few of the tips offered to help you maintain good health as you age, and we hope they help you do just that. If you have any questions regarding EasyGo and how it can help you get your mobile independence back, please do not hesitate to call us at 1-833-709-3499. We’d like to thank you for taking the time to read these tips on staying healthy as a senior. We wish you all the best!

10 Travel Destinations for Retirees

10 Travel Destinations for Retirees

Now that you are retired and have some more time on your hands, what would you like to do? Maybe you want to restore that classic car sitting in the garage. Maybe you want to dedicate some time to your garden. Is there a book you’ve been wanting to read? For a lot of retirees, travelling is at the top of their list of things to do during retirement. And who can blame them?

With so many amazing travel destinations to visit and explore, it is easy to see why retirees are so eager to get out in the world and make memories in locations they have only ever dreamed of visiting. We put together a list featuring 10 of the best travel destinations for retirees. 

1. Caribbean

Tropical islands are some of the most visited travel locations in the world. In The Caribbean, there are abundant beaches where you can relax in the sun, soak in the ocean, and enjoy a cold beverage. The Caribbean includes a collection of U.S. and British Virgins Islands, The Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Aruba, Barbados, Cayman Islands, and Turks and Caicos Islands along with other islands that are territories of other countries. Each island offers its own unique experience, local cuisine, and plenty of history to take in and learn in a memorable cultural experience.

Travel between islands by boat and stay at one of the many resorts throughout. Some even offer bungalows right on the water. Get the most out of your travel experience with activities such as day cruises, nature and wildlife tours, day trips and snorkelling. Usually, the winter months are the best time to visit the Caribbean since it is outside of hurricane season. This explains why the Caribbean is such a popular destination for vacation and travelling. Let’s get to the next gorgeous tropical destination on our list.

Travel Destinations for Retirees

2. Hawaiian Islands

Another popular tropical travel destination is the Hawaiian Islands. The Hawaiian Islands consist of the Island of Hawaii, Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Maui, and Lanai. Beaches, swimming, hiking, snorkelling and scuba diving, shopping, nature, and romance are just a few things that Hawaii offers. 

The main Island of Hawaii is the largest of the Hawaiian Islands and is also the youngest. It is home to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The park is home to Kilauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes. Maunaloa is the largest active subaerial volcano in the world! Plus, it is also the oldest and northernmost island of the chain. It offers some of the most dramatically beautiful sceneries that include cascading waterfalls, tropical rainforests, forked rivers, mountains, and cliffs.

 Maui, also known as the “Valley Isle”, has been voted the Best Island in the U.S. for over 20 years. It offers beautiful world-famous beaches with humpback whales being sighted during their migration in the winter months. Plus, it also offers picture-perfect views of breathtaking sunrises and sunsets. It’s no secret why Hawaii is such a hot spot for vacations and travelling.

3. Alaska

What if you want a break from the warm weather but would still like to experience some of the most beautiful natural landscapes? Look no further than Alaska. Alaska is known for its subarctic climate which causes long, cold winters and short, cool summers, where snow is also possible regardless of the time of year. Plus, Alaska offers vast wilderness for hiking, hunting, and exploring. It also offers thousands of rivers and over 3,000 lakes for kayaking and fishing. In addition, Alaska is also known for having the largest number, over 3 million, of naturally formed unnamed lakes. 

Alaska’s scenery offers snowcapped mountains, valleys, hot springs, glaciers, and the world-famous Aurora Borealis aka the Northern Lights. This is caused when charged particles collide with gases located 60-70 miles above the earth’s surface which creates energy in the form of light. The colors commonly display in yellow and green. But, the Northern Lights can also produce purple, red and blue patterns of light. Keep in mind that the Aurora Borealis is best visible between August and April.

4. Prince Edward Island

Speaking of Canada, sitting on the Gulf of St. Lawrence in Eastern Canada, you will find Prince Edward Island. Prince Edward Island was made famous by Canadian author and town local L.M. Montgomery in her 1908 classic children’s novel “Anne of Green Gables”. The novel told the story of a young orphan girl who was mistakenly sent to live in the fictional Prince Edward Island town of Avonlea. Since its publication, the book has sold over 50 million copies. As a result, this makes it a worldwide best-seller and has brought many to the land that inspired Montgomery’s vision for her novel. 

Offering beautiful coastal drives on seemingly endless beaches and shores, Prince Edward Island is truly a gem. Visit some of the most iconic lighthouses after enjoying a nice hike on a nature trail at one of the many provincial and national parks. For the fisherman out there, Prince Edward Island offers plenty of deep sea and sport fishing. Boating and sailing are also available for those who just want to kick back on the water. Don’t miss out on the many other attractions available such as art galleries, amusement parks and gardens. Take in some history at one of the many museums and historic sites. 


5. Florida

Florida remains one of the best travel destinations in the world. The Sunshine State is located in the southeast corner of the United States. From couples looking for a relaxing escape on the Florida Keys or the Gulf Coast to families looking for thrills and adventure at Walt Disney, Universal Studios, Busch Gardens, or Lego Land parks. Be sure to visit Naples, Pensacola, or the Mall at Millenia in Orlando for fun shopping experiences. With the majority of Florida surrounded by water, you will find no shortage of beaches, resorts, fishing, sailing and water sports.  

With Florida being right on the ocean and the gulf, it’s no surprise that it offers a large variety of some of the freshest and highest quality seafood available. You can enjoy it at the countless ocean-side restaurants with locations throughout the coast. On top of all there is to do, Florida truly lives up to its title of the Sunshine State. Even considering hurricane season, Florida offers some of the best weather year-round. With an average of 237 days of sunny and pleasant and warm weather.

Considering everything Florida has to offer, it makes sense why it remains one of the top travel destinations nationwide and worldwide. Next on our list is also located in the U.S. and is the world’s first national park.

6. Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park is truly a site to behold. It was established as the World’s First National Park in 1872. It is located mostly in Wyoming, with portions of the park spreading into parts of Montana and Idaho. The park sees an average of over 4 million visitors every year. It’s no surprise when you learn what amazing wonders at Yellowstone National Park. For campers, Yellowstone offers over 2,000 campgrounds with options for cabin, tent, and RV camping, with very few sites offering electrical hookups. 

Don’t forget about the nearly 500 geysers throughout the park. Including the famous Old Faithful. This iconic geyser is very predictable and erupts approximately every 44 minutes to 2 hours shooting up to 8,400 gallons of boiling water up to 185 feet in the air. While exploring you will want to stop to see the extraordinary Yellowstone Caldera aka Yellowstone Super Volcano. The Caldera spans most of Yellowstone with an abnormal cylindrical river at the opening. The river runs down a narrow passage into the opening of the super volcano.

Volcanic conditions cause the Caldera opening and river to appear in rings of different colors. Starting with red and orange and transitioning to yellow and green. Finally, it ends with shades of blue towards the center. The Yellowstone Caldera is unlikely to erupt any time soon outside of the occasional hydrothermal explosions, which is an eruption of steam and hot water. This makes it a popular tourist attraction accessible by car, bus, or by hike.

7. Machu Picchu

Tucked high in the Peruvian Andes above the Urubamba River Valley in Peru, you will find the ancient and mysterious Incan Citadel known as Machu Picchu. Located over 7,000 feet above sea level, Machu Picchu is the most visited destination for tourists in Peru. Machu Picchu, often referred to as the “Lost City of the Incas”, was built during the 1500s. It was built using polished dry stone and is believed to have been built for the Incan Emperor Pachacuti Inca Yupanqui.

Considering its location, hiking is one of the first activities you can enjoy during a visit to Machu Picchu. Some hikes may be a bit steep and tricky. But, hiking Huchuy Picchu and Huayna Picchu is well worth it when you reach the top. You can also explore the Incan ruins and meet some friendly llamas.

Take some time to visit the Guardian’s House, which is said to have an iconic viewpoint of Machu Picchu. Enter the Inca Citadel using the former main entrance known as The Sun Gate and enjoy the breathtaking views. You will find plenty of other beautiful structures to behold such as the Temple of the Sun, Temple of the Moon, The Inca Bridge, The Sacred Rock, and Intihuatana, which was used as a sundial by the Incans and is one of the most popular places in all Peru. With so much beauty and history to explore in Machu Picchu, it truly makes it on our list of the top travel destinations for retirees.

8. Mexico

The next stop on our list is none other than Mexico. Mexico offers beauty, culture, history, relaxation, and adventure while being one of the most budget-friendly travel destinations. Most travellers on average spend about $100.00 or less per day while on vacation in Mexico, not including accommodations, which can also be very affordable as well. Cities such as Tulum, Cancun, Cabo San Lucas, Cozumel and Puerta Vallarta offer resorts with access to gorgeous beaches, golf, diving, and snorkelling. If you are a fan of scuba diving, be sure to check out the Underwater Museum in Cancun.

Plan your trip around the start of November and join in on the Day of the Dead celebrations. Visit the sacred Chichen Itza in Yucatan and discover the history behind the Mayan civilization. Catch a Lucha Libre event and enjoy some Mariachi music in Mexico’s capital, Mexico City. Explore Mexico’s largest rainforest, the Lacandon Jungle in Chiapas, and find beautiful waterfalls and ancient Mayan ruins.

In fact, Mexico has approximately 200 ruins belonging to the Mayans, Aztecs, Zapotec, and other civilizations that lived in Mexico. You can find ruins to explore in Tulum, Palenque, Monte Alban, Coba, Calakmul and Yaxchilan, just to name a few. With all it has to offer, Mexico is one of the best travel destinations in the world. For our next destination, we are flying over the Atlantic.

9. Italy

Beauty, romance, art, architecture, and cuisine are just a few offerings you will find in stunning Italy. Enjoy a romantic private gondola ride down the Grand Canal in Venice. Go on a wine-tasting tour in the Piedmont region, Verona, and Tuscany. In Tuscany, you can also visit the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa in the city of Pisa and see the breathtaking countryside views in Chianti. Visit the Ruins of Pompeii, the Italian city that was destroyed by Mount Vesuvius when it erupted in 79 A.D. A visit to Italy is not complete without a stop in the capital, Rome.

Take in the beautiful architecture and history of the Colosseum, The Pantheon, The Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps. Rome is also home to Vatican City. The Vatican is home to St. Peter’s Basilica, the world’s largest basilica for Christianity, and the world-famous Sistine Chapel, which features the iconic painted ceiling painted by Michelangelo during the Renaissance. Southeast of Rome, you will find Castel Gandolfo, which is considered to have one of Italy’s most scenic towns.

How can a trip to Italy be fully enjoyed without a taste of their world-famous cuisine? Aside from the obvious pizza, Italy is also known for its fresh artisan bread, pasta, risotto, wine, cheese, seafood, gelato, coffee, and cured meats such as prosciutto. We can’t forget about Ragu Alla Bolognese, commonly known as Spaghetti Bolognese. It’s even Italy’s national dish. Italy also offers some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Cities such as Liguria, Calabria, Tuscany, and Sardinia offer gorgeous beaches with beautiful views. You will also find beaches to enjoy in Sicily, which is also home to Mount Edna, Europe’s highest active volcano. Italy remains one of the top travel and vacation destinations in the world and it’s no secret why.

10. Cruises

Lastly, one of the absolute best ways to travel and spend a vacation is on a cruise. A cruise offers literally a little bit of everything for everyone, no matter what you are looking for. In fact, you may be able to book a cruise tailored specifically to what you are looking for. With so many decently priced options to choose from and so many destinations to pick from, the possibilities can seem endless.

Most cruise packages are all-inclusive meaning everything is included and paid for giving you full access to all you can eat, all you can drink and all you can enjoy while on the cruise. Royal Caribbean is one of the most popular cruise lines and it offers visits to over 300 destinations. Royal Caribbean sails through the Caribbean and The Bahamas, Europe, Alaska, North America, Asia, the South Pacific and specialty cruises along the Panama Canal, South America, and North Africa and the Arabian Gulf. Viking also offers Christmas Market River Cruises throughout Europe and in some Southern U.S. States. If you are looking for a family cruise, Royal Caribbean again is a good option Disney also has its own cruise line offering the chance for your whole family to enjoy a vacation with some of your favorite Disney characters.

Princess Cruises is also a very big name in cruise lines, offering cruises worldwide that stop in over 50 destinations. You can even find music-themed cruises such as blues, jazz, country, and rock cruises that combine the experience of a cruise with the experience of a concert and music festival all while stopping to perform at different ports. Cruises are offered all over the world so it will not be hard to find the perfect cruise for you. If you want to see as much as possible, a cruise may be the best option.

Retirement Cruise

How EasyGo Can Help you Travel

This list offers many of fantastic and iconic travel destinations for retirees to visit. The world is full of travel destinations perfect for retirees. And, EasyGo can make your travelling easier. With our patented folding technology and lightweight sleek frame, it is an ideal travel companion and can fly with you since it is FAA and TSA-approved.

This means that it’s safe to take on a plane, or cruise, and can even fit into the back of your car! EasyGo can go with you to any location on this list. And, will give you the mobile independence for you to get the most out of your vacation and travels. 

Final Words

The world is so big and has so much beauty, culture, history, food, wildlife, and experiences to offer. It’s no surprise why travelling the world is on almost everyone’s bucket list. With so many places to go and so much to see and learn, picking where to start is tricky but I’m sure wherever you choose to start will be well worth the trip. We hope this list will help you learn about, and hopefully choose from, some of the best places in the world to travel. Thank you for choosing EasyGo Mobility and we wish you safe travels wherever your journey leads.

The 8 Most Reputable Wheelchair Companies

The 8 Most Reputable Wheelchair Companies

Whether you are looking for your first or your 5th wheelchair, you want to ensure you are looking for the most reputable wheelchair companies. With so many different options online, it can be difficult to find companies that have truthful reviews and high-quality products. This is exactly why we have put together this list of the 8 most reputable wheelchair companies, in hopes of helping you choose the best companies to trust with your mobility.


In no particular order.

1. EasyGo Mobility

Our company, EasyGo Mobility is an industry leader in foldable and travel-friendly electric wheelchairs. EasyGo’s head office is located in Tonawanda, New York. Our CEO has been in the mobility aid business for over 17 years, where he realized there were a limited number of options of trustworthy and reputable companies on the market. Especially when you are looking at foldable electric wheelchairs. That’s how EasyGo was born! Currently, we have two different models of portable power chairs, the Elite and the Standard models. With the Elite being our best-selling model. Our wheelchairs are unique, due to their lightweight design, ability to fold into the size of a suitcase, and lithium-ion batteries making them safe to take onto an airplane. In addition, we offer a 3-year warranty on our wheelchairs.

EasyGo Folding Power Chair
Elite Folding Power Chair

2. Pride Mobility

Pride Mobility is one of the top powered mobility providers in the world, with over 25 years of experience. Their head office is in Beamsville, Ontario, Canada. They also do most of the manufacturing in the United States, which a lot of Americans enjoy. Pride Mobility offers a wide range of products, including lift chairs, scooters, and of course electric wheelchairs. Warranties range from 13 months to 5 years, depending on the part of the wheelchair and the model. Their most popular electric wheelchair model is the Pride Go Chair.

3. Golden Technologies

Next on our list of the most reputable wheelchair companies, we have Golden Technologies. Golden Technologies is well known for its compact electric wheelchairs like the Lite Rider Envy. Their headquarters is located in Old Forge, PA, and they started as a small family-owned and operated company that has bloomed into one of the largest and most reputable wheelchair companies in America.

4. Shoprider

If you have ever looked into purchasing an electric wheelchair, there is a good chance that you have heard of Shoprider. Shoprider is a leading manufacturer when it comes to large power wheelchairs. They do offer one wheelchair that is portable, the Smartie, but other than this model, most are very large although some may disassemble. If you’re curious about disassembling wheelchairs versus folding wheelchairs and which is better, check out this article. Shoprider’s headquarters is located in Torrance, CA. 

Most Reputable Wheelchair Companies

5. Drive Devilbiss

Drive Devilbiss, sometimes known as Drive Medical or just Drive, proclaims that they are leading the world with innovative healthcare solutions. They are another very popular brand in America. Drive provides a variety of medical equipment, including walkers, rollators, scooters, and power wheelchairs. Their most popular models of power wheelchairs are the Trident HD and Cirrus Plus HD. Again, these wheelchairs are pretty bulky so they may not be ideal if you want to put them in your vehicle. Their headquarters is located in Washington NY.

6. Sunrise Medical

Sunrise Medical is well-known for its mobility scooter brand, Fortress. Their wheelchairs are a little lesser known. They offer a variety of heavy-duty and tilting wheelchairs, which as you can imagine, cost a pretty penny. A lot of Americans that require tilting wheelchairs try to get coverage via insurance, disability programs, or finance them through payment plans. Their headquarters is located in Fresno, CA.

7. Hoveround

Next up on our list of the 8 most reputable wheelchair companies, we have Hoveround. Hoveround sells a variety of brands, including their very own Hoveround power wheelchair. Their brand of wheelchairs is more “medical” looking, with light grey seats, wheels, and parts of the frame. Hoveround offers wheelchairs with a variety of weight capacities. Their headquarters is located in Sarasota, Florida.

8. Invacare

Last but not least is Invacare. Invacare is a globally recognized brand specializing in a variety of medical equipment. Over the last few years, they have shifted their focus from mobility scooters to electric wheelchairs and other products. In fact, they discontinued all of their mobility scooters, which was quite shocking to their brand-loyal consumers. They offer three main wheelchairs. First, the AVIVA, a tilting wheelchair. The Storm Series is a bariatric wheelchair. And the TDX Series, which is a middle-of-the-line series. Their headquarters is located in Elyria, Ohio.

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With so many wheelchair companies on the market, it can be very difficult to choose the most reputable wheelchair companies to trust. We hope that this list helps you narrow down your options. As always, if you have any questions about EasyGo Mobility, do not hesitate to reach out.

10 Gifts for Wheelchair Users

10 Gifts for Wheelchair Users

It’s the thought that counts. The most common phrase when finding a gift for someone. It could be for a birthday, a holiday, or retirement or maybe you were just out shopping, saw an item and thought “Hmm, they would love this!”. With so many products available that can greatly benefit wheelchair users, it can be hard to narrow things down. We did some research and put together some ideas that can help you choose the right gift. Provide added style, comfort and/or convenience with these 10 gifts for wheelchair users.

1. Lap Tray

Up first on our list of the best gifts for wheelchair users is a lap tray. Lap trays are a fantastic gift for wheelchair users as they give wheelchair users their own surface area right on their wheelchairs. These trays can be used for many activities such as reading, writing, painting, sewing/crocheting/knitting, doing puzzles, playing games, using a laptop, and eating. They come in a variety of sizes, materials, and styles and are available in half and full sizes. Trays usually have a cup holder slot, a lip to prevent anything from rolling off and a slot to hold pens or pencils, usually located at the top of the tray.

On some models, trays offer a soft cushion on which to rest your wrist. Smaller half-lap trays can be mounted according to the user’s preference and sometimes are on a swivel that can be easily moved out of the way without having to be removed. Larger full-size trays cover the full space between the armrests and can be strapped to the armrests or mounted using clamps to the frame of the wheelchair itself. If you’re buying a lap tray for a wheelchair user, please take note of the space available between armrests and the size of the tray you are looking to purchase to make sure the sizes are compatible. 

Wheelchair Lap Tray

2. Adjustable Desk

Some users want the option of sitting at an easily accessible desk for their activities and dealing with bills and paperwork. For these instances, an adjustable desk would be a great option. Like lap trays, adjustable desks also come in a variety of sizes, materials, and styles that offer wheelchair-accessible surface area. Desks and trays are usually available with surfaces made of wood, vinyl or metal. The desk is mounted on legs or other structures made of metal or wood. Some desks available are on casters/wheels and can be easily maneuvered and can simply be wheeled to the wheelchair user.

The legs on these desks usually fit alongside or under the wheelchair. Depending on the model, some desks are height adjustable, can be tilted, and offer a curve in the sitting area for the user’s comfort. Also available are a variety of models that offer storage such as slots, shelving, and drawers. Although usually used in homes and offices, adjustable desks are also available in convenient lightweight collapsible and foldable models for total portability.

3. Unbreakable Cup Holder

Up next on our list of the best gifts for wheelchair users is a cup holder. Unbreakable cup holders are a great addition to any wheelchair. They are usually fully collapsible. They are often made of lightweight nylon, polyester, and sometimes leather. Some models are insulated and absorb condensation to prevent dripping. This means they will keep your drink warm or cold, while reducing spills. Most models available attach to wheelchairs using adjustable Velcro straps with some models using D-ring straps for more secure placement. Unbreakable cup holders easily attach to wheelchair armrests. Or, in some instances right onto the frame. They can hold a variety of sizes. Some companies offer models that hold anywhere from the basic 16.9 oz bottle of water up to a 32 oz bottle of sports drink. 

Gifts for Wheelchair Users - Cup Holder

4. Mobile Device Mount

Mounts for mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets, and even laptops are available for just about every size of mobile device. These mounts usually attach to the armrest or frame of the wheelchair. They are available in different styles and sizes that depend on the mount. Devices are mounted and held in place by clips/clamps. Sometimes they also have small straps, and in some cases, devices are held in place by an adhesive pad. Some models mount your device in a static position that does not move and simply holds the device in place. Other mounts use flexible arm bars and swivels to mount devices with more range of motion capabilities allowing the user to move the device around as they wish while keeping it mounted. Some mounts are also available as a combo of the cup and smartphone holder. 

5. Headlights

While it is not usually recommended to drive around in your mobility aid at night, various headlights that can be strapped or mounted are available. Portable headlights are available in chargeable and battery-operated models and usually use LED lights. Some headlights can mount or strap onto the frame or armrests of the wheelchair. Depending on the wheelchair and headlight brands, some headlights can be plugged right into the charging port of the joystick. Other options include headlights that can be worn on the user’s head using a helmet or strap. In most cases, headlights that are compatible with bicycles can also be used on wheelchairs. 

6. Armrest Covers

Armrest covers are a great way to add comfort and style to any wheelchair. They come in a variety of styles and materials with some covers having pouches and pockets built right onto them. Keeping them clean can be as easy as putting them in the washer as most covers are machine washable. Certain materials however may need to be wiped clean or hand-washed. Armrest covers can sometimes be made of a comfortable gel covered by fabric while others are made of simple fleece, leather, cotton, elastic fabrics, rubber, and foam cushions. They can be strapped or simply draped over the armrest.

7. Accessory Bag and Carrying Pouches

Carrying pouches can be a great gift for a user with a lot to carry around. Pouches come in a variety of sizes, styles, and capabilities. Some pouches are small enough to carry a license, credit cards, smartphones, and other small items while some larger pouches can hold books, tablets, and various drink containers. Some are even the size of lunch coolers and allow enough space for all your items and a packed lunch. Pouches can be mounted or hung using straps or loops from the armrests, the back of the wheelchair, or under the wheelchair if there is enough space. And, in some cases, it can hang from the seat. They can be closed using snap, straps, Velcro, and zippers. 

Gifts for Wheelchair Users - Bag

8. Dog Leash Attachment

Dog leash attachments are a great gift for any wheelchair user who loves spending time outdoors with their furry loved ones. Some models attach to the frame or the armrest using Velcro straps or hooks. Leash attachments made for bicycles can sometimes be compatible with wheelchairs. They also offer models that accommodate adjustable leashes.

9. Reach Extender/Grabber Tool

Having limited mobility can also cause limited reach therefore a reach extender/grabber tool can be a handy gift. Grabber tools are usually available in lightweight aluminum, steel, and strong plastic materials with some rubber components throughout. Plus, they even have the option to be further extendable. Some models can also fold for easy storage. If you squeeze the handle, the grabber tool clamps onto whatever you need securely using rubber grips. The standard size available is about 32 inches long. But, some models are up to 40 inches long.

Wheelchair Grabber Tool

10. Horns and Bells

Last, but certainly not least on our list of the best gifts for wheelchair users is horns and bells. Horns and bells are a great gift for any wheelchair user that is active and constantly on the go. While most horns and bells available for bicycles are compatible with wheelchairs, some newer models can be mounted to the armrest using straps or clamps. These new models are available in battery-operated and rechargeable models and some models feature different sounds. Some models come as a combo set with alert sounds built into a headlight.


This concludes our list of the best gifts for wheelchair users. Most, if not all, of these gifts, will bring joy to any wheelchair user. The majority of these gifts mentioned above are reasonable in price and available in most local and online retailers. We hope this list helps you find the right gift and give joy to that special wheelchair user in your life. Please feel free to call us with any questions and thank you for choosing EasyGo.

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