Mobility Scooters – A Popular Choice for Independence
Life can be full of challenges, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up doing what you love.
More than 25% of older Americans use some type of assistive device for walking. That may include a simple cane or walker, or a powered mobility device like a scooter or wheelchair.
Mobility scooters have become a common site throughout many cities and towns. They are readily available for short-term rental and use while shopping, visiting zoos, amusement parks, entertainment events and more.
These electric scooters have made it possible to continue a lifestyle of independence. Staying active is a part of a healthy lifestyle, and scooters help reduce the risk of falling.
Advice on Buying a Mobility Scooter
There are a lot of choices when buying a mobility scooter. For starters, this will probably be a private purchase. Medicare and insurance companies are more likely to approve power wheelchairs over scooters if a physician prescribes a need for mobility assistance.
So, purchasing a mobility scooter independently is a choice that many people are making today.
That doesn’t mean your choices are limited. Scooters come in all types, sizes, and budget ranges. It can become confusing. But getting advice from a qualified expert can help you narrow your selection, so you make the right decision.
Your weight, strength and range of motion are common indicators of which device should be recommended. Are you able to use both arms and hands to help steer the device?
Next, consider the terrain you will be driving on.
A three-wheeled scooter is great for indoor use because it is a bit more maneuverable. But it doesn’t support as much weight or handle uneven terrain as well as a larger scooter can. There can also be some balancing issues.
If you find that you need a combination of indoor and outdoor terrain, you might be better suited with a four-wheeled scooter, which offers excellent stability, increased weight capacity, as well as providing you with more space to haul things around. However, it is not as maneuverable, so using it indoors can prove to be quite difficult.
David Rogers at Christian Mobility has years of expert knowledge to help you find the right fit, function, mobility, and affordability for your mobility scooter. Contact us today to help guide you towards the right decision.