A mobility scooter is a purchase that requires careful consideration. Spend some time researching your alternatives to make sure you choose the scooter that is best suited to your needs in terms of size, weight, and use. Respond to these crucial inquiries before making your decision:
Are you able to physically operate a mobility scooter?
You are probably a suitable candidate for a mobility scooter if you can sit upright for extended periods of time and have the dexterity and strength in both hands to properly steer and operate the controls. You might want to check into power wheelchairs if you require specialized seating options, such as positioning pads, have a handicap that necessitates having your legs elevated, have low dexterity, or have no hand strength. Power chairs can be moved with one hand thanks to a joystick that is installed on the armrest. For those who are unable to use their hands, there are more sophisticated steering solutions.
How much weight is required for the scooter?
The carrying capacity is your next factor to think about after deciding that a mobility scooter is the best choice. This will immediately rule out some options. The weight of the rider is not the sole factor. There is also the weight of the things you will be transporting on your scooter, such laundry baskets, shopping bags, and oxygen tanks. Given that many people gain weight once they stop walking and start riding, you might want to choose a scooter in the next capacity range if you are close to the weight limit. Don’t try to cheat the scale; doing so will violate the manufacturer’s warranty and probably have an impact on the power scooter’s overall performance, particularly uphill.
Where are you going to use the scooter?
Look at the tiny travel scooters if you can go around your home with a cane or walker but want to be able to go shopping and run errands. Travel scooters have a lot of amazing characteristics, but they all share the ability to “break apart” effortlessly for transportation. The most lightweight, compact, and manoeuvrable travel scooters often have three wheels, and they also offer good stability on flat ground. They are ideal for navigating retail aisles and curves and moving through crowds due to their small turning radius.
Although often heavier and less portable, four-wheel travel scooters are more comfortable and stable on uneven terrain. While selecting a travel mobility scooter, be sure to balance the ease of portability and assembly against the level of comfort, stability, and battery life that you desire. Having enough space to turn and enter bathrooms or tight hallways is difficult if you need to use a mobility scooter to go around the house. If you live in a tiny place, three wheel mobility scooters are sometimes your only option.
How are you going to carry and store your scooter?
If you plan to transport your mobility scooter in your car, you should think about the amount of room you’ll need and the strength needed to put it together and take it apart. Large-sized scooters typically cannot be disassembled and must be transported using a vehicle lift. Some of our clients use a variety of scooters and other transportation tools to get around. If you have the money, this is the best option.