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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?

Man dies after mobility scooter crashes into creek in Mount Waverley

A man has died after the mobility scooter he was driving crashed into a creek in Mount Waverley on Saturday night. Investigators believe the man was riding along Scotchmans Creek Trail sometime on Saturday when the scooter veered over a concrete ...

Published:  Sun, 21 Jan 2018 21:47:00 GMT



Gabriel Jesus rides around Manchester on a mobility scooter as he continues on the road to recovery (...and it's not the first time either!)

After damaging his medial collateral ligament in his left knee on New Year's Eve, Gabriel Jesus was told that he faces six weeks out to fully recover from the injury. However, that hasn't stopped the 20-year-old from getting out and about after the striker ...

Published:  Wed, 10 Jan 2018 15:20:00 GMT



Could this $10,000 scooter from Ujet be the mobility solution of the future

Between highway traffic and underground subway delays, it seems that all of our innovation in the transportation industry has only served to slow us down. But now, there may finally be a way to get out of gridlock. It's not a car, a plane, or a form of ...

Published:  Wed, 10 Jan 2018 09:05:00 GMT



Learn details of the travel mobility scooter market global industry trends to 2025

The Global Travel Mobility Scooter Market 2018 Industry Research Report includes companies engaged in manufacturing, capacity, production, price, cost, revenue and contact information. - Agency -. Access this Report @ www.reportsnreports.com/contacts/i"spx

Published:  Fri, 12 Jan 2018 01:41:00 GMT



Scooters, skateboards and Segways: which have legal rights to the road

As the population ages, mobility scooters are becoming a common sight on our roads. But before you develop road rage, they are allowed to be there. A reader contacted Stuff worried about what he described as an increase in the number of mobility scooters ...

Published:  Sun, 21 Jan 2018 15:56:00 GMT



Man who had been riding mobility scooter found dead in shallow creek

A man has been found dead at the bottom of a shallow creek in Melbourne's south-east. He'd been riding a mobility scooter, but fell off and wasn't discovered until hours later.

Published:  Sat, 20 Jan 2018 23:24:00 GMT



Letter of the Day: Rechargeable scooters at stores appreciated

I tip my genuine "made in Saskatchewan" green Saskatchewan Roughriders ball cap to the six stores on the west side of Saskatoon that have rechargeable scooters for those with mobility problems to use. It makes shopping easier and faster and there ...

Published:  Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:01:00 GMT



Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus dusts off the old mobility scooter as injury-hit star rides around shopping centre

GABRIEL JESUS dusts off the old mobility scooter for a spin around Manchester while he recovers from medial collateral ligament damage. The crocked Manchester City striker uploaded a picture to social media of himself looking to be in good spirits inside a ...

Published:  Thu, 11 Jan 2018 02:28:00 GMT



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