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Mobility Scooters: How To Choose The One That Suits You
Mobility Scooters are wonderful. They give you freedom and independence. However, the term "Mobility scooter" is a broad one. People refer to them in many different ways. Some people call them handicap scooters. Others call them medical scooters, and even some refer to them as disability scooters, elderly scooters. The list is endless!
It can frustrating because there are so many terms and scooters on the market. How do you find the best scooter for you or your loved one? Scooters 'N Chairs provides expert advice and the best customer service to help you choose the right mobility solution.
Modern scooters are different from traditional or power wheelchairs which have a joystick. Steering is done from a tiller (or steering column) in front of the user. Between the tiller and the user’s seat is a deck, or platform, where the user places his/her feet. This significantly increases comfort and maneuverability.
The Best Mobility Scooters For The Elderly
Choosing the right scooter should not be difficult. it all depends on your preference. Some people choose safety over performance. Others prioritize comfort. Whatever your preference, we have a scooter for you.
Our range includes folding mobility scooters, the perfect choice if you need to store your handicap scooter in tight spaces and transport it in the trunk of your car. We also provide heavy-duty scooters, which can support up to 500 pounds of weight. If you travel a lot, a portable travel scooter is the most suitable option. It can collapse or disassemble to make it easier to carry.
Our range of off-road scooters offers increased safety scooters like headlights and heavy-duty tires, for use on unpaved roads.
Do I Need a Power Scooter?
Now that we’ve discussed what the device actually is, we need to think about whether it could help you specifically in your life. These questions may help you get a feel for how you might be losing out due to mobility limitations:
Do you find yourself not being able to get around like you once did?
Are you disabled and unable to walk or stand for extended periods?
Do you refrain from going outdoors for fear of falling over, losing the strength in your legs, or losing your sense of balance?
An affirmative answer to any of these questions indicates that you could greatly benefit from getting a power mobility aid. You might want to know if a power wheelchair would be better for you rather than a scooter. If so, ask yourself the following questions. These will help you see if a scooter is your best pick of the available powered mobility devices, assuming you have decided to get one:
Will you be using your disability scooter outdoors or at home only?
Are the areas where you plan to use it well paved? Will you ever need to go over grass, gravel, or other uneven terrains?
Do you prefer a tiller control configuration to a joystick-based one?
These are a few pointer questions to help you find your way: power scooters are more suitable for the outdoors and rougher terrain, and wheelchairs are usually controlled by a joystick rather than a steering column.
Important Things To Consider When Buying Your Mobile Scooter
There are a lot of things to consider when buying a mobility scooter. Your choice will depend on your surroundings, budget, and preferences. Here are some useful tips to help you make the right decision. Whether you are looking for scooters that offer increased safety, or style, comfort or performance, here are things to look out for.
Weight Capacity: Check how much weight the scooter will support.
Range: Look out for the distance it will travel on a full charge.
Ground Clearance: Find a scooter with low ground clearance for increased comfort and high ground clearance for off-roading.
Turning Radius: Check how tight the turning radius is. A tight turning radius means you can navigate easier around tight spaces.
Safety Features: Look out for Scooters that offer LED lights, emergency brakes, rear-view mirrors, and an over-acceleration sensor.
Comfort: Look for scooters with ergonomic design, front, and rear suspension, and anti-tip wheels.
Performance: Look out for scooters with a high top-speed over 15mph, rear shock absorbers, and long driving range.
Style: Look out for scooters with alloy wheels, and a gloss finish.
Buying Handicap Scooters on a Limited Budget
What if you lack the financial means to buy a disability vehicle straight out? True, it might be worthwhile and sensible to buy and not go down the route of powered scooter rental, but that won’t help you if you lack the means!
In this case, there are two points to consider: First, prices have been drastically going down over the years. You now see U.S.-branded models starting at around $750 – considerably less than what many people believe an electric medical scooter actually costs.
Besides lower prices, there’s another even more attractive option available for those wishing to get motorized aid on a limited budget, which brings us to our next section.
Using Financing to Purchase Your Adult Scooter
How about an option that allows you to buy and keep your scooter chair for about the same price as renting or even less? Sounds attractive? Enter financing programs. High-quality vendors who specialize in handicap scooters will invariably offer you financing – the ability to spread out the scooter cost and pay for it in installments. These payment plans usually require you to pay a monthly sum, and that sum can be as low as $70 for a small electric scooter.
Many plans for power chairs and scooters don’t even require you to make any down payment at all – you start off with a regular monthly payment soon after your purchase.
Depending on the total amount the product costs, it may take 12, 18, or more months to pay off, but remember: you’re paying monthly sums that are often lower than rental fees and for your money, you get a scooter that is your very own.
We at Scooters ‘N Chairs realize that even financing plans might prove to be a financial strain on some disabled people. To this end, we have a bi-annual scooter giveaway where we provide a 100% free mobility scooter to a lucky winner. You can apply to our giveaway directly from our site here.
Get The Best Mobility Scooter Deals & Advice
Modern handicap scooters span a wide range of designs, features and customer benefits. To learn more about today’s best electric mobility solutions and how they can enhance your life, get in touch with Scooters ‘N Chairs. Our caring team of mobility experts are ready to listen, answer your questions and support you in this important journey to a better quality of life for 2019 and beyond.