How to Choose a Mobility Scooter
Medical Mobility Scooters are quality devices for persons with limited strength and mobility issues designed specifically to help them regain their freedom and independence. There are multiple brands and models available so it is important to understand the factors that will help you choose the best mobility scooter for your personal needs.
Some of the most important points to consider when choosing a new medical mobility scooter are your weight, your height, the typical environment where you are using the device, and the estimated distances you will be travelling. By addressing these 4 points first, you will be able to narrow down the best mobility scooter for your needs.
- Your weight: First and foremost, all medical mobility scooters are rated for maximum weight capacity. Lightweight Electric Mobility Scooters typically can handle up to 250 lbs. Heavy Duty Mobility Scooters will typically handle an excess of 400 lbs or more. Make sure to check the manufacturer"s specifications to ensure it is appropriate for your specific needs.
- Your height: Smaller mobility scooters are easier to transport, are generally lower in cost, and are very maneuverable, however they are designed for smaller users. These smaller medical mobility scooters, particularly the travel mobility scooters have less space for the lower legs and may be uncomfortable if you are a taller user.
- Where you are using the mobility scooter: If you are going to use your scooter primarily inside the home or generally indoors, you may be more inclined to look at 3 wheel mobility scooters as they have a much smaller turning radius and more maneuverability. However, if you are looking to primarily use your mobility scooter outdoors or on uneven terrain, you will probably want to consider a 4 wheel mobility scooter model, as they provide much greater stability and durability.
- Your range/distance needs: Luxury and heavy duty mobility scooters typically have a cruising range of 20-30 miles. If you are going to be primarily driving your scooter long distances like around a small town, or around a golf course you might want to consider a larger mobility scooter. Smaller units will provide a cruising range of 10 miles and are primarily used for travelling and around the home.
In efforts to further detail these points, here is a list of some commonly asked questions.
Mobility Scooter Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between a 3 wheel and a 4 wheel scooter?
The primary difference between the two types of scooters is that of stability. The benefit of a 3 wheel mobility scooter is its superior maneuverability, perfect for use inside the home, apartment or any other similarly confined areas. 3 wheel mobility scooters have a sharper turning radius than 4 wheel mobility scooters and will be able to navigate in tighter spaces. A highly popular 3 wheel mobility scooter is the Go Go Elite Traveller by Pride Mobility. 4 wheel mobility scooters are designed to provide more stable operation when traveling on slopes or rough, uneven terrain. Many of the heavy-duty or luxury mobility scooters will be 4 wheel models because of their larger wheel-base. The Drive Gladiator GT Heavy Duty Mobility Scooter by Drive Medical is an affordable, sturdy, and high-powered mobility scooter perfect for outdoor use. Many of the newer models of 3-wheeled scooters offer an optimized center of gravity which provides excellent balance and stability. The Golden Technologies Companion 3 Wheel Scooter has an innovative split wheel design that provides added stability without sacrificing maneuverability for those needing an in-between option. For users who typically use their devices on rough or uneven terrain, selecting a mobility scooter with larger tires or anti-tipping mechanism is recommended.
How do I select the right scooter for my height and weight?
Every mobility scooter will include a detailed listing of the manufacturer"s specifications. When you are comparing scooters, make sure you confirm the maximum weight capacity for the scooter that you are considering. You should also consider the overall length of the scooter based on your height. Taller users will require longer models that offer more leg room in order to provide safe, comfortable operation. If your height is over 5" 5", you should consider scooters that have an overall length of 42 inches or more to ensure ample leg room. A few examples of scooters with a longer overall length are the Drive Daytona 4 Wheel Medium Size Scooter at 49" and the Pride Luxury Line Maxima Scooter at 47". People who are shorter than 5" 5" typically will not require an extended-base medical mobility scooter and may want to consider shorter length models will allow for a tighter turning radius and will have reduced weight. Another important point to consider when you buy a mobility scooter is your specific condition. If you have any medical limitations, such as the inability to turn or move your legs, you will need to make sure the model you are considering has sufficient room to assure your comfort during operation.
How do I choose the right range for my needs?
With such variety, it may still be difficult to narrow down your choices for the perfect mobility scooter, a detail to consider when choosing the best mobility scooter is the scooter"s range. Travel mobility scooters are by definition more compact and ideal for those who need mobility assistance when travelling. The ZipR Blue 3-Wheel Travel Scooter is a superb example of these devices. It is lightweight and disassembles easily for storage, but the range is far less than larger models at only 10 miles. If you require more range, look towards the medium to large sized mobility scooter options such as the EV Rider VITA Electric Scooter. These mobility scooters will be heavier and less travel friendly, but the range will be at least twice that of the typical travel scooter, at 20-30 miles per charge.
Are there any accessories available for mobility scooters?
Depending on your needs, you can find variety of accessories that will make your scooter a perfect mobility solution. Most every available mobility scooter can also be equipped with cane and walker holders, baskets, and other accessories to help improve your mobility and function. Seating may be the most critical yet most often overlooked accessory for your mobility scooter. As you spend more and time with your mobility scooter, you will quickly realize how important comfortable seating can be. A variety of special seating and fabric options are available to ensure customized safety and comfort. The Golden Technologies Companion Series carries multiple seating options, including patented LiquiCell technology designed by the doctors at Mayo Clinic to prevent friction and stress on the skin. Make sure you consider both the seat and your posture if you plan on spending a majority of your time using your mobility scooter. Pressure sores can lead to very serious and debilitating conditions and seats and cushions made with pressure relieving materials should be considered when you look to buy a mobility scooter.
Will I need a mobility scooter lift?
Smaller mobility scooters are easy to disassemble and are typically stored in either the trunk or back seat of your car. If you are thinking about purchasing a medium or heavy duty scooter you will want to also consider purchasing a scooter lift for your vehicle so you can travel with your device. Scooter lifts are mechanical devices that will lift and load your medical mobility scooter or power-chair on the back or into the trunk of your vehicle. They are designed to transport your scooter with little or no disassembly required, you simply drive the mobility scooter onto the lift and let the lift do the work for you. Scooter lifts are ideal for those with advanced disabilities or movement disorders as they allow you to bring your mobility scooter wherever it is needed. They are designed specifically for each make and model of car, truck or vans so you must know what vehicle you are going to install the lift on before you purchase one. Harmar Mobility manufactures a wide variety of scooter lifts designed to accommodate virtually any mobility scooter.
Be it a 3 wheel or 4 wheel mobility scooter, heavy duty or lightweight and portable, by keeping these points and questions in mind when purchasing, you will be able to determine the best mobility scooter for your needs now and for years to come. Buy your mobility scooter from ActiveForever today and be on your way to experiencing the sense of freedom and satisfaction from regaining your mobility and independence.
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