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Tips for Buying a Mobility Scooter

Mobility scooters and powered wheelchairs are alternatives to manual wheelchairs. They provide a greater level of independence to people who have difficulty walking, standing, or propelling themselves in a manual chair. Here are some tips to consider when shopping for a powered wheelchair or scooter.

List your needs; do you need assistance only when you leave your house, or do you need to be able to get around in your own home? If you can get around your home okay by yourself and only need a scooter for going out, where are you likely to go?

  • Shopping at the mall?
  • Visiting the park to see your grandchildren play sports?
  • Vacationing across the country?

What can you afford? How much will your insurance cover? Research whether Medicare will cover the chair or scooter and talk to your doctor about a prescription. Some scooter or power chair providers will help you with your Medicare paperwork.

Think about the logistics of using a scooter or chair. When you park a scooter to get on or off, you never know from which side you might need to mount or dismount. Look for a seat that swivels both left and right so that it can face either direction for easier mounting and dismounting. At the same time, make sure that you can easily swivel the seat forward into the driving position by yourself.

Most of the time, four wheels are more stable than three. On the other hand, three wheels might be more maneuverable on uneven terrain. Also, depending on where you are likely to go with your scooter or chair, you must strike a balance between higher ground clearance for terrain versus being low enough to get on and off easily.

There is a big difference in tires:

  • Wide pneumatic tires offer comfort and stability, especially on rougher terrain. But the air pressure must be checked periodically.
  • Solid tires require no maintenance but might only be suitable for hard surfaces, like pavement.

You also need to consider the necessary maintenance of a scooter or chair. Will you be able to handle these maintenance requirements, like cleaning the scooter or plugging in the battery? Is there someone who will be able to do those things for you if you cannot?

Traveling with a scooter or chair is also a consideration. While some smaller chairs or scooters can be folded and fit in the trunk of a car, others might have to be taken apart. Larger scooters can be broken down into pieces for transporting, but this might not be an easy task. Some parts can be heavy.

And finally, after you purchase a chair or scooter, will someone from the company help "fit" (make adjustments to) your machine for you? What kind of training (either for maintenance or traveling) is offered by the company? Is this support provided at time of delivery?

Woman dies after being bumped by mobility scooter in Coquitlam

An elderly woman has died after being bumped by a mobility scooter in Coquitlam, and police are seeking help identifying the operator. The 86-year-old fell to the ground after she was struck by the electric scooter at about 10:20 a.m. on Sept. 15 at the ...

Published:  Thu, 21 Sep 2017 15:10:00 GMT



Get out of my lane! Moment shocked driver sees an elderly man ride his Rascal Mobility Scooter down the middle of road

This is the concerning moment an elderly man rides his mobility scooter on a busy street in Utah. In the video, the driver who is filming, can be seen passing the man while he rides his mobility scooter down a three-way street. After a few moments, the ...

Published:  Thu, 21 Sep 2017 11:33:00 GMT



Man on mobility scooter dices with death as he drives on to busy roundabout 'forcing learner to brake'

A mobility scooter rider diced with death when he took his vehicle on to a roundabout crossing a busy A-road. Mobile phone footage, taken by a passenger further back in the roundabout queue, shows him approaching the busy junction in Essex. The rider ...

Published:  Thu, 21 Sep 2017 00:43:00 GMT



Woman dies after being knocked over by driver of mobility scooter in Coquitlam

RCMP are looking for the driver of a mobility scooter in Coquitlam, after a pedestrian was struck and killed. Mounties say an 86-year-old woman was bumped by a man driving an electric scooter at the corner of an intersection on Sept. 15. The woman fell and ...

Published:  Thu, 21 Sep 2017 15:07:00 GMT



Senior dies after being struck by mobility scooter in Coquitlam

Mounties are trying to identify the driver of a mobility scooter that struck and killed an 86-year-old woman last week in Coquitlam. The victim fell to the ground after being bumped at the corner of Austin Avenue and Westview Street Friday morning.

Published:  Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:05:00 GMT



EW-42 Fast Mobility Scooter Now Available at Electric Vehicle Mall

The new EW-42 fast long-range electric mobility scooter has been added to the large selection of electric scooters and e-trikes at the Electric Vehicle Mall. Sep. 21, 2017 / PRZen / LARGO, Fla. -- The new EW-42 fast, long-range, 800-watt electric mobility ...

Published:  Thu, 21 Sep 2017 07:47:00 GMT



Woman killed in mobility scooter horror crash is named

An inquest into the death of an elderly woman who died after being struck by a car has been opened. Dorothy Gertrude Upton, 93, was taken to Royal Derby Hospital on September 9 after being caught in a "collision with a car" on Alexandra Road, in Swadlincote.

Published:  Thu, 21 Sep 2017 02:06:00 GMT



Airwheel Electric Scooters Becomes New Favorite of Photographers

In general, Airwheel electric mobility scooter is always used for work commute and relaxation. However, some scooter-players have discovered another new function of the scooter-a vehicle for street shooting. When it comes to street interview ...

Published:  Wed, 20 Sep 2017 10:57:00 GMT



Using a Mobility Assistance Device Is Not 'Lazy'

I have noticed a really horrible trend of people calling those who use mobility assistance devices such as wheelchairs and scooters lazy, the problem with the world, and some other things I'm not going to repeat here. The problem with this line of ...

Published:  Mon, 18 Sep 2017 02:45:00 GMT



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