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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?

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:

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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Mobility Scooters In The News

Dutch activist promotes BDS - on Israeli-made mobility scooter

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Published:  Sat, 16 Feb 2019 23:13:00 GMT

GenZe/Mahindra partnership reflects growth in "˜micro-mobility'

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Published:  Mon, 18 Feb 2019 14:18:00 GMT

MWC Barcelona 2019: Los Angeles to Require Scooter Companies to Share Data

In September 2018, LADOT released a Mobility Data Specification (MDS) on GitHub. Starting in March, scooter companies and dockless bike share companies that receive a one-year permit to operate in ...

Published:  Tue, 19 Feb 2019 12:40:00 GMT

LatAm mobility giant ready for new forms of regulation

In late January, Mexico's Grin, a leading Latin American electric scooter-sharing company, and Brazil's Yellow, the country's main provider of dockless ... BNamericas develops thousands of news articl...

Published:  Tue, 19 Feb 2019 12:36:00 GMT

LOOPShare Begins Global Expansion of Micro-Mobility Rideshare System with Purchase of 400+ Custom-Built Sit-down e-Scooters

Vancouver, British Columbia--(Newsfile Corp. - February 13, 2019) - LOOPShare Ltd. (TSXV: LOOP) (OTC Pink: LPPPF), world's first fully-integrated electric scooter sharing platform, has begun a worldwi...

Published:  Thu, 14 Feb 2019 04:38:00 GMT

With new mobility options, Detroit goes multimodal

"The City of Detroit Office of Mobility Innovation is doing a good job of trying to stay on top of these things," says Owens. "Cities certainly have a challenge in that regard, when things like the ne...

Published:  Mon, 18 Feb 2019 09:46:00 GMT

Woman spotted on mobility scooter on busy section of the A52

It might sound like something 'Gangsta Granny' would do, but the scene from the famous David Walliams children's novel became an alarming reality for one driver on Tuesday evening. Whilst travelling i...

Published:  Wed, 13 Feb 2019 04:10:00 GMT

Atlanta City Council wants data on scooter accidents

After months of discussion, the council adopted an ordinance last month setting regulations on scooters. The new ordinance includes permit requirements for dockless mobility device operating companies ...

Published:  Tue, 19 Feb 2019 03:00:00 GMT

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