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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 flees police on mobility scooter in low-speed chase as onlookers cheer 'Go old man!'

A low-speed chase took place in New Zealand between police and a man who was speeding down a sidewalk on his mobility scooter. The viral video shows Charlie Durham, a double amputee, fleeing on a ...

Published:  Fri, 23 Aug 2019 11:35:00 GMT



Gran, 92, mowed down by mobility scooter and left crying in road

In horrifying CCTV footage taken from a building site nearby, the mobility scooter is seen blindsiding the pensioner just as she takes a step on the road. She is sent flying down the road by the ...

Published:  Thu, 22 Aug 2019 08:13:00 GMT



Mobility Scooter Fugitive Leads Police on Low-Speed Chase

A New Zealand man led police on a slow-speed chase on a mobility scooter, chugging along the sidewalk as bystanders yelled "Go, old man, go!" On Wednesday, police in the port city of Timaru on New ...

Published:  Fri, 23 Aug 2019 10:02:00 GMT



Mobility scooter madness caught on camera

A double amputee has been fined after one of New Zealand's slowest police chases. The pursuit happened on a footpath in Timaru, on the South Island's east coast on Wednesday afternoon. Charlie Durham ...

Published:  Fri, 23 Aug 2019 02:48:10 GMT



Mobility scooter madness: Timaru police chase one of many zany moments captured on camera

The bizarre police pursuit of a man riding a mobility scooter in Timaru isn't the first time that Kiwis have been captured on camera finding creative uses for the popular devices. In 2017, video was ...

Published:  Wed, 21 Aug 2019 18:54:00 GMT



Seattle slow to adopt scooters, company aims to speed things up

With Seattle facing a 10-week major light rail disruption in January and possible highway 99 tunnel tolling this fall, shouldn't Seattle have scooters by December to help with mobility?

Published:  Fri, 23 Aug 2019 15:47:00 GMT



'He's going for it': Mobility scooter leads police in slow pursuit

Wellington: A pursuit, albeit slow, between a New Zealand cop car and a man on a mobility scooter has been captured on video. The man is seen weaving his ride across a road in Timaru in the South ...

Published:  Wed, 21 Aug 2019 19:38:00 GMT



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