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How to Choose a Mobility Scooter

There are many differences between a powered mobility scooter and a powered wheelchair.

Powered wheelchairs are smaller, primarily for indoor use, and can be either front-wheel or rear-wheel drive. They provide mobility for people who have limited use of their arms and hands. They are often controlled by a single joystick that can be mounted on either the right or left. An advantage of a powered wheelchair is that they have no obstruction in the front, so they can pull directly up to a table or counter. They are also compact, not much longer or wider than a regular chair. This means they can be driven down hallways and through doors that might be too narrow for a larger scooter. If you need to be able to get around in your own home and have limited use of your arms or hands, a chair might be right for you.

Scooters are built primarily for outdoor use (or in large venues, like shopping malls) and are for people who are able to do some walking, for example getting off the scooter and walking into a store to shop. Scooters come in three wheel or four wheel configurations, often with pneumatic tires to handle uneven terrain. Larger tires provide increased ground clearance, which helps cross low obstacles that might be more challenging to powered wheelchairs. Scooters usually come with handlebars mounted on a steering column in the front, so they cannot be pulled directly up to a table. To use a mobility scooter, you must be able to steer and operate the controls with your arms and hands. There is usually an accelerator control mounted to one side of the handlebars or the other. Releasing the accelerator is what activates the brake.

Every chair or scooter should have a comfortable seat, a backrest, and support for the feet that together provide a sturdy and safe platform for riding. The seat on a mobility scooter will usually swivel right and left, making mounting and dismounting easier. A scooter might require a higher step up or down compared to a powered wheelchair.

If you are going to be using your chair or scooter outdoors, the seat should be wide enough for you to sit comfortably in outdoor clothing. However, it should not be so wide that you do not feel secure when sitting facing squarely forward. On the other hand, if the seat is too narrow you might be unable to shift your weight occasionally and limit the amount of time you can sit comfortably.

To sum up:

  • If you have limited upper body strength or control, you might consider a powered wheelchair instead of a scooter.
  • On the other hand, if you can handle the steering and controls, and can get on and off the vehicle to walk a little bit, a scooter might be just what you need.

Global Mobility Scooters 2017: Key Trends, Challenges and Standardization, Research and Forecast to 2021

Global Mobility Scooters Market latest research report provides in-depth analysis of definitions, classifications, applications and industry chain structure forecast until 2021. The report also consists of development trends, competitive landscape analysis ...

Published:  Mon, 22 May 2017 01:00:00 GMT



Judge catches 'disability discrimination' couple speeding on their mobility scooters

A sharp-eyed judge rumbled a couple who claimed they were victims of disability benefit when he caught them speeding on their mobility scooters during a court break. Former Royal Artillery gunner David Hughes, 58, and his partner Wendy ran up a bill of ...

Published:  Fri, 26 May 2017 09:36:00 GMT



Mobility Scooter Market is Driven by Rising Research and Development in Mobility Aids

Mobility scooters are electronic transport vehicles used as a mobility aid, mostly occupied by single person. These mobility scooters are operated on battery and varies from 3 wheels to 5 wheels. Mobility scooters assist in the movement of a person from ...

Published:  Wed, 24 May 2017 21:35:00 GMT



Convenience or liability? Should mobility scooter riders undergo compulsory tests?

They can travel along pavements, despite weighing up to 200kg. With an ever-increasing fleet on our pavements and roads, to many, mobility scooters are accidents waiting to happen. Every week, mobility-scooter drivers on Britain's road are involved in four ...

Published:  Wed, 24 May 2017 11:30:00 GMT



Via Rail changes policy on wheelchairs, mobility aids on trains

Both Marie Murphy, 54, and her husband Martin Anderson, 47, have cerebral palsy and rely on mobility scooters for their day-to-day travel. They argued the old regulations often prevented them from travelling together, as Via allowed only one of them to use ...

Published:  Sun, 21 May 2017 06:52:00 GMT



The Mobility Scooters Enhances One's Independence to Move Around Without Assistance

Pressbox (Press Release) - Most of the people find it difficult to lead an independent lifestyle as they become elderly and need someone to assist them. However to reduce this dependence and secure their dignity and respect there are many home care ...

Published:  Sun, 21 May 2017 17:00:00 GMT



Big Issue: Is it time for a mobility scooter crackdown?

Weighing up to 200kgs, they can then pull off and travel down the pavement. No wonder then that, with numbers of mobility scooters increasing year on year, many see their burgeoning numbers as little more than a recipe for disaster. Indeed, Department for ...

Published:  Tue, 16 May 2017 17:00:00 GMT



Disabled man on mobility scooter banned from Glasgow post office 'tempted to crawl in to make a point'

"The branch team were correct to suggest that there are limitations on the types of mobility scooters which can enter the counter areas of our branches. "Unfortunately, there have been a number of incidents and near misses in some branches. "As a result ...

Published:  Wed, 24 May 2017 01:13:00 GMT



Disabled widow in tears after mobility scooter is stolen

She said: "I relied on it for getting around. I can't walk very far and it is my lifeline. "I've been using mobility scooters for about five years. "I have a walker I can get around the house with, but can't walk very far without getting out of breath.

Published:  Sun, 28 May 2017 08:17:00 GMT



Cumberland Show: All you need to know about this year's event

Parking spaces cannot be reserved. A limited number of mobility scooters are available from just inside the main gate. They are offered on a first come, first served basis. I have a carer. Are there are dispensations for them? Normal entry fees will apply ...

Published:  Sun, 28 May 2017 07:38:00 GMT



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