If you have a disability or limited mobility, getting an aid can help to enhance the quality of your life, because it makes you more independent. One mobility aid that is gaining popularity is the scooter. The popularity of this type of aid comes from the fact that it is faster, more versatile, and also much more fun, than a wheelchair. Any time you see the ads on TV, you notice that those on the scooters seem to be having a lot of fun.
Most people who buy the scooters are those who do not have severe disabilities. There are several types of mobility scooters, but the most common ones are the three-wheeled models. Other types are the four wheeled models, lightweight scooters and bariatric scooters. The lightweight models are versatile and can be disassembled and transported in a car.
The scooters are hand operated and they are built with a steering column that allows the user to move in any direction. A seat and a platform for the feet ensure comfort for the user. You can get a front or rear-wheel drive depending on the model you choose.
Who Needs a Mobility Scooter?
The scooters are quite handy for those who experience discomfort when they walk for extended periods of time. It is also convenient for those who have trouble using walkers or crutches. Those who experience joint pains or suffer from arthritis can benefit from the mobility scooter. Many people who choose to get the scooters feel like they are not ready or willing to use a wheelchair, which can signify a more serious condition. Some people, who have difficulty breathing due to health problems, opt to use the scooters as a way to conserve energy.
Benefits of Using the Scooter
Mobility scooters are easy to operate and can be turned in either direction, and they can even go in reverse. Most models are low enough to allow the user to use them as seats, when in a home or restaurant. They are built with a narrow body, usually around 24 inches wide, which allows them to fit through most doors or building entrances.
When shopping for a scooter, you should look for additional accessories that can make your ride more comfortable. Some of the extras that you can get include a rear basket, saddlebag, cup holder, ramp, extra battery, charger, oxygen tank carrier, scooter lift and other accessories that you may require as you move around. You can also get a crutch or cane holder for your scooter.
Shopping For a Scooter
When looking for a scooter, make sure that you try out a few models so that you can find the one that is most comfortable. You can sit on the scooter and if possible, take it for a test drive before you buy it. This will help you to determine if the cushion is adequate and if the chair moves the way, you want it to. You should make sure that the chair is adjustable to ensure maximum comfort. Other factors to consider include the amount of legroom you have, how fast the scooter can go, the type of battery and how often it will need to be charged, and how far the battery will go when fully charged.
If you are a frequent traveler, you should get a scooter that is easy to transport, one that can be folded or disassembled, and that you can take with you on an airline. When buying a scooter, your weight will determine the model that is most suitable. You also need to find out the maximum weight that the scooter can hold or lift during transport.
When buying your scooter, you need to find out if Medicare covers part or all of the cost of the machine. Carry out research so that you can find out the dealers who sell good quality and affordable machines. You should try to find a dealer who also offers servicing with the purchase. This will come in handy because all machines need regular servicing. Buying the machine directly from the manufacturers is often the best option. You can get good prices, and when you need service or repair, you can be sure of getting genuine parts.
Chad is a medical enthusiast who has written several blogs about the industry. He often offers tips about buying mobility scooters and other medical equipment.