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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?

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Published:  Sun, 22 Apr 2018 08:06:00 GMT



Avocado thief flees crime scene on mobility scooter

An Auckland couple has fallen victim to their second avocado heist in six months. Bret Glazer and his partner live in a home that borders a reserve and in November last year thieves stole 200 avocados from their tree. Last week, thieves struck again but ...

Published:  Mon, 23 Apr 2018 07:28:00 GMT



Discombobulated Cities Wrestle With an Electric Scooter Influx

These scooters are just the latest outgrowth of a growing conflict between cities and startups that have rushed to capitalize on a growing mobility marketplace. It started with Uber and Lyft. Then came the "microtransit" companies, like Chariot and Via.

Published:  Tue, 17 Apr 2018 17:24:00 GMT



The Electric Scooter War Is No Joke

Previously LimeBike had been negotiating with Adler's office to launch its various wares through a city-backed dockless mobility pilot program. But after Bird unleashed its signature black scooters into the streets earlier this month, and the city ...

Published:  Wed, 18 Apr 2018 10:28:00 GMT



Self-driving cars. Scooters. The future of commuting to work is here

Toyota is evolving into a mobility company, too: In January, it unveiled a concept vehicle that could operate as a ride-sharing service, deliver packages or host a mobile store. 3. Share a bike or a scooter City governments are partnering with startups to ...

Published:  Fri, 20 Apr 2018 05:21:33 GMT



E-scooters aren't getting stolen, the real issue is sidewalk litter

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Published:  Tue, 17 Apr 2018 06:30:00 GMT



Invasion of the Electric Scooter

As an apolitical third party, it might just be the future platform for urban mobility. (Wired) Scooter wars advance: In hip cities all over the country, slews of electric scooters are being released on the streets in an attempt to be the first company ...

Published:  Sun, 22 Apr 2018 14:11:00 GMT



Are Those Electric Scooters Actually Allowed on the Sidewalk Here Are the Rules

Can you scoot in bike lanes Do you need a helmet Electric scooters technically abide by the city's regulations on personal mobility devices, which are similar to cycling guidelines, says a DC Department of Transportation spokesperson. While bike ...

Published:  Fri, 20 Apr 2018 05:47:00 GMT



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