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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.
This way, not only will you know you’re in the right place, looking at suitable disability scooters for your condition, but you’ll also be getting the care and professional advice you need.
Purchasing arecreationalscooter might not require knowledgeable staff and close attention to detail; however, purchasing a wheelchair scooter sure does! This is a device intended for people suffering from challenges in areas such as mobility, dexterity, and balance. Every effort must be made to ensure any suggested scooters for handicapped adults are absolutely safe for them in their unique condition.
This is why we recommend going to a company that specializes in medical scooters – or, at the very least, in medicative appliances as a whole. These dealers will have an understanding of the products they sell from a mobility/disabled point of view and will be able to provide you with the most safety-oriented and suitable suggestions for your needs.
Another good idea is to check what the reviews are saying for the chair you wish to buy. Are they mobility reviews? If not, look elsewhere for real sellers of scooters for disabled adults.
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:
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.
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.
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.
Our collection of electric scooters above shows products that have many things in common. They are all designed & distributed by top-class manufacturers, constructed to very high standards, practical, and easy to use, and they all get high approval ratings from their users.
However, as mentioned at the beginning of this article, there is also a great deal that sets them apart. From aluminum frames to heavy steel, from bulky to super-compact, and from fairly slow speed limits to our fastest scooter, this collection is a mixed bunch.
Which is the disabled scooter? That will very much depend on the category you are interested in. For your convenience, we have collection pages for each general group, including travel, heavy-duty, and others.
At Scooters 'N Chairs we have spent extensive time compiling a "Pre-Buying Checklist" that can be very useful for first-time medical scooter buyers.
1) What will the mobility scooter be used for - everyday use, indoors, outdoors, paved or unpaved?
2) Which mobility vehicle offers the best value for money?
3) Is battery life sufficient for your range needs?
4) Is the weight capacity sufficient for yourself and any extra items you would typically carry?
5) Does the turning radius suit your home or wherever you’ll need to turn sharp corners?