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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

Tech-Culture Scourge or Democratized Mobility, E-Scooters Are Here to Stay

The formula is familiar: A disruptive tech product creates a brand-new market overnight, antagonizing or evading regulation long enough to assert cultural and economic dominance. Not surprisingly, the ...

Published:  Mon, 16 Jul 2018 12:21:00 GMT

Lyft will offer discounts to people who use bikes and scooters to connect to transit

Lyft says it's adding incentives and discounts to encourage more people to use bikes and scooters, especially to and from mass transit hubs. The goal is to get more people to abandon their personal ca...

Published:  Mon, 16 Jul 2018 12:35:01 GMT

New Mobility Companies For A New Future

and dockless bikes and scooters cluttering public walkways, we must also recognize the enormous and exciting potential of new mobility services. Over the past century, we have allowed cars to become a...

Published:  Thu, 12 Jul 2018 15:38:00 GMT

Don't ban scooters. Redesign streets.

Shared dockless scooters are not on San Francisco's streets right now ... hard to do in transportation planning," says Jean Crowther, senior associate and new mobility group lead at the Portland, Oreg...

Published:  Fri, 13 Jul 2018 14:16:00 GMT

Bird goes after helmet laws for electric scooters

"Our goal in supporting this legislation continues to be providing riders of shared scooters and e-bikes with more consistent ridership rules so that people can embrace sustainable shared mobility," a ...

Published:  Sat, 14 Jul 2018 05:00:00 GMT

Europcar Mobility Group Joins MaaS (Mobility as a Service) Alliance

This has prompted us to ramp up our diversification efforts to include new mobility services such as car- and scooter-sharing, chauffeur services, peer-to-peer car rental, etc. We hope to continue sup...

Published:  Mon, 16 Jul 2018 09:30:00 GMT

Indianapolis scooters: What the proposed regulations could mean

... Council's vote Monday on a proposal the Public Works Committee crafted two weeks ago that would regulate scooters - or, "shared mobility devices," as the committee called them. Most importantly, t...

Published:  Fri, 13 Jul 2018 10:29:00 GMT

Scooter companies making moves to serve Arlington

So what to do Well, you could scooter. At least that is the hope of Bird and Lime, two dockless mobility companies that are currently pushing scooters as the next mode of transportation to be availab...

Published:  Fri, 13 Jul 2018 07:58:00 GMT

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