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"Mobility scooter" is a broad and hugely varied term. 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, power scooters, rascal scooters, and the list keeps going!
Mobility Scooters For The Elderly & Their Uses
A mobility scooter is a kind of powered mobility aid on which the user is fully seated as it transports him or her. It helps people to get from one place to another with greater ease. In terms of its use, it broadly achieves the same result as a powered wheelchair, although it is configured differently.
This electric transport device is steered and controlled 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.
As we discussed briefly above, you might find people referring to these assistive products with slightly varying names before the “scooter”, including handicap, senior, medical, disability, e.g. medical scooter. Those without tact sometimes refer to an “old people scooter.” Definitely, a better usage than the old school rascal name but this isn’t an entirely accurate name since young people use them too.
For the purposes of this article, we will use all these names interchangeably.
It’s important to note that some alternative terms don’t even specify that the vehicle is designed with medical mobility in mind. This can be pretty confusing, as many scooters are intended for recreational purposes or standard road travel.
For example, all the following terms are used to describe both recreational and medical scooters: power, motorized, adult, power-operated, and even just electric scooter!
We now have a problem, particularly when shopping online. If their names overlap, how can you tell whether you are looking at a motorscooter built to serve a similar purpose to a motorcycle, or a true mobility vehicle designed to aid the handicapped?
Sure, the difference will be apparent in more extreme cases, like contrasting a travel handicap scooter to a full-fledged recreational motorscooter! However, occasionally the lines get close to one another, and it can be difficult to tell what is what.
Our advice to make sure you are purchasing a disability product that is intended for handicapped or elderly people is to look at the context. Does the store have a medical tone to it, or does it seem to be showcasing recreational activities? The best place to buy a motorized scooter is from a company or scooter store that specializes in medical supplies such as wheelchairs, senior scooters, and other assistive devices for the handicapped.