You may not have thought in depth about the benefits and drawbacks of powered mobility, but there are several quality-of-life benefits you may not have considered and situations where powered mobility may benefit even those who we may not consider to have severe enough disabilities to require a powerchair or scooter.
While it is obvious that an individual who cannot to any degree be mobile without a power wheelchair will benefit greatly from having such an option, power wheelchairs can often enhance the quality of life for individuals who don't require powered mobility at all times throughout the day as well. Just because an individual can self-propel in a wheelchair or walk short distances doesn't necessarily mean that powered mobility is of no benefit to him or her. Whether involved in activities that require a lot of walking, navigating steep slopes like driveways, or needing to cross streets in a safer and quicker manner than would otherwise be possible.
Powered mobility can provide a degree of freedom and independence that can expand and enhance the daily lives of individuals, even those who do not require them in every situation. While a friend, family member, or caregiver may not mind, or may even enjoy, pushing their loved one in a manual wheelchair, for those with limited strength or stamina, it may be preferable not to require such assistance. Certainly exercise is an important aspect of life for anyone at all stages of life, with or without a disability, but for those who do not require powered mobility at all times but would choose to use it as needed, access to this equipment can be critical for quality of life reasons.
This information is not medical advice, please consult a medical professional for medical advice related to the use of medical equipment and supplies.