Why You Should Consider a Lightweight Handicapped Vehicle
Scooters are terrific ways to enable seniors or the handicapped to maintain some of their independence. Knowing what to look for in a scooter can help you make the right choice.
Why Choose a Lightweight Model?
Everyone wants to be able to go where they want to, but if you have difficulty walking for whatever reason, a scooter can be a real answer.
Lightweight models, especially folding units, are a favorite for those who love to be on the go. You can go for a trip to enjoy the sunshine, head to a neighbor to say hello, or enjoy that vacation as much as anyone else because you can transport yourself!
Folding and/or lightweight products can be brought with you, placed in the trunks of cars, put on a bus, or used on an airline.
Why Not an Electric Wheelchair?
Motorized, electric, or power wheelchairs, as they are called, are sometimes easy to disassemble, are very comfortable, and often have features that a scooter doesn’t have, such as reclining backrests and adjustable armrests.
The main problems which plague electric wheelchairs are that they require more maintenance than scooters do, they can be very difficult to fit into cars, they weigh more, and require that the batteries be replaced every 18 to 24 months.
Issues with Lightweight Models
While many elderly and handicapped people love their devices, they can also have issues. Some of the problems with scooters are that the battery must be charged more frequently than an electric wheelchair and that they also need maintenance, which might be difficult to find if you live in a rural area.
How Do I Choose the Right Option for Me?
In general, the elderly or handicapped who can still walk usually prefer a lightweight model. If you use a cane, a walker, or have difficulty walking or standing for long, you will most likely benefit more from a mobility vehicle than an electric wheelchair.
Which Model is Best?
That will be both a matter of preference and what you plan to use it for. Some scooters are made for both indoor and outdoor use, while others are intended strictly for indoors, such as airports or shopping malls.
Some lightweight models partially disassemble to be stored in trunks, while others simply fold. If your hands are not very nimble and you don't have someone to help you regularly, you might want to purchase a folding unit.
However, if you can take apart a device, it becomes even more lightweight since you can lift each part individually. This might be appealing to those who want to be super-independent.
Also, consider your body weight and size. If you are a large person, you will want a larger, more powerful motor. Smaller or lighter persons can use nearly any scooter, but you might find it difficult to fold or pick up even a lightweight scooter.
At the End of the Day
A lightweight scooter will most likely be beneficial for the handicapped and elderly. The ease with which they can be brought nearly everywhere, make these scooters a popular choice.