When considering mobility options and aids, let’s talk about mobility scooters. Before consumers invest in a scooter, know the pros, cons, and suggestions that can make your scooter more practical and for your distinct situation.
When it comes to individuals with disabilities or physical limitations, mobility devices preserve autonomy and increase access. Of these aids, it is estimated that nearly two-million Americans depend on a wheelchair or mobility scooter daily. Would you – or someone you love – benefit from the use of a scooter? Before you invest your time and money, there are some things that you need to know.
Let’s talk about mobility scooters
Before you buy your new device, let’s talk about mobility scooters and acknowledge various user tips that may lead to greater accessibility, satisfaction, and performance.
- Four-wheeled scooters offer stability which is important for very-active or larger users. Three-wheeled styles may work best in outdoor conditions for individuals with experience navigating a mobility scooter.
- Third party insurance often covers the cost of mobility aids – including scooters. Talk to a mobility expert regarding your eligibility and cost.
- Most mobility scooters are easy enough to use, but reputable dealers and vendors will train and familiarize consumers with the equipment that they are purchasing. Some may even offer leasing options to ensure you are getting a scooter that will work for you and your distinct situation satisfactorily.
- Highly-rated merchants and retailers will offer a thorough assessment of your distinct needs to ensure you are buying a device that will increase accessibility and that is pragmatic for your living situation. Be wary of vendors that do not offer this personalized service.
- Another perk of buying a mobility scooter from a reputable retailer is the service provided after the sale, including rescue and repair service providers. Make sure to ask about such offerings when browsing your mobility options.
- Unless users also consider vehicle lifts, it can be difficult to transport a mobility scooter easily. It also may involve some challenges when used on public transportation services, such as buses or trains.
- There is a potential hazard for others in shared living spaces when residents use mobility scooters, particularly if the user has hearing or vision deficits. Scooters are silent, so speak to merchants about bells, signals, or horns if this is a concern.
- Storing a mobility scooter can be difficult for individuals that live in communal or shared living spaces. Leaving a scooter in a hallway, communal corridor, or outdoor areas could present a fall hazard to other residents or neighbors. Furthermore, leaving scooters in these shared spaces could be a violation of rental terms in some instances.
- Charging a scooter could present problems in some living arrangements. Try to figure out how and where you will facilitate a charging cord or station before buying.
There are a lot of features and factors to consider before you buy your mobility scooter. From seats to straps, wheels to weight-limits, make sure to discuss distinct needs with the vendor before making your purchase. Also, inquire about return policies and terms in the event you are dissatisfied with your acquisition when you get it home.
Some things to think about when looking at scooters include:
- How is the seat? Consider opting for extra-padding or adjustable options.
- Is it easy to put together? Ask vendors about installation or assembly service provision at the time of the sale.
- How long does the battery last? Assess whether the battery and operating range be adequate for your needs.
- How does the scooter turn? Make sure to try the scooter out to determine how it makes sharp corners or navigates tight spaces.
- Will you use the scooter inside or out? If you plan on using it outside, discuss lifts and transport tips with your merchant.
- How big of a scooter are you looking for? It is not unusual for consumers to have more than one mobility scooter; typically, a smaller scooter for outdoor or occasional use and a larger one for routine, inside utility.
- Weight-limit. How much does the primary user weigh? Most scooters can accommodate around 300-pounds, on the average.
Meet with mobility experts
Still feeling like a scooter is the right choice for you? Make sure to meet and talk with mobility experts regarding your options, preferences, and costs. Also, consider learning more about how vehicle lifts can make life much easier for a scooter-user. More about lifts next week!
When you are ready to make a change and invest in something that will increase access – and that has the potential to improve life – contact the mobility aids professionals. Learn more about the best model for your distinct lifestyle and take the time to review vehicle lift options to transport your mobility scooter with ease.
President, Husband, Father, Grandfather Graduate of UC Davis- Bio Sci Major- Go Aggies! Jeff has extensive experience in all of Pacific Mobility’s products and services, and specializes in accessibility products as well as stairlifts, ceiling lifts and custom wheel chairs. His hobbies include spending time with family, gardening, mountain biking, exercising and off road motorcycle riding.
24 years as Owner/President of Pacific Mobility Center – selling, installing, and servicing stairlifts, porch lifts, ceiling lifts, pool lifts, handicap ramping, specialty wheelchairs, scooters, power wheel chairs, and other power mobility devices
Certified Environmental Access Consultant since 2008
Licensed General Contractor since 1998
Certified Aging in Place Specialist since 2016
Board Member for Home Access Professionals
Member of Association of Members of the Accessibility Equipment Industry (AEMA)