Mobility scooters provide handicapped individuals the ability to carry out their everyday activities in an easy and enjoyable way. Having a physical disability that hinders you from being able to perform actions without feeling pain and fatigue, may make you feel as if you’re always going to be in need of assistance, however mobility scooters are able to give you all the independence that you need. They allow you to drive to your local supermarket all by yourself, meet up with friends and family members all by yourself, and do your everyday chores within the house. So here are 5 benefits that scooters bring to the lives of handicapped individuals.
A convenient and portable companion for life
The hefty price of mobility scooters may scare some away from investing in one, and so some may opt for cheaper alternatives such as walkers and quad canes. However, as the saying goes you get exactly what you pay for, as walking canes are no way as near as practical as mobility scooters. Firstly, they are only able to get you through short distances, as the excessive effort you need to consume to drag yourself along causes excessive fatigue. This is all because walking canes do not support your entire way but only provide you with a slight boost. On the other hand, mobility scooters are perfect for those long-distance journeys. They also support your full body weight, they are easy to manoeuvre, have extra features such as adjustable armrests and backrests and padded seats to provide you with ultimate comfort. Most of them are also easily disassembled—useful on those family outings that require travelling to the park for a picnic via a car.
Receding prices and possibility of insurance cover
A couple of years ago mobility scooter prices were incredibly high and they were almost impossible to buy. However, as manufacturers are seeing the potential to make profits through them, more companies have started to design and sell them which has considerably contributed to a price drop.
In some cases, where the condition of the potential user is severe, health insurance companies can cover the full, or large amount of the fee.
Travelling on a mobility scooter is one of the safest ways to do so for a handicapped individual, because of its strong frame and large flat-free tyres. Some mobility scooters even provide the option of customizing them, in accordance with your own taste and liking. For instance, the four-wheeled Scout Travel Compact Travel Scooter by Drive Medical comes with interchangeable colour panels of either red and blue, so you can swap and switch every day.
- Quick and easy disassembly; Interchangeable color panels hide scuffs and scratches
- Height-adjustable swivel seat with fold-down backrest; Armrests are padded and adjustable; Comes with large plastic carry basket
- Delta tiller is easy to adjust; Ergonomic throttle control with easy freewheel operation. Comes with easy to remove, quick connect battery pack that can be charged separately from the scooter
- Includes battery and charger, flat-free, non-marking tires with anti-tip wheels
- Seat Width: 16.5"; Max Speed: 4.25 mph; Climbing Angle: 6 degrees; Maximum Range: 9 miles; Motor: 24V x 270W x 4700rpm; Turning Radius: 53.75"; Ground Clearance: 2.5"; Weight Capacity: 300 lbs
Prior to the popularization of mobility scooters, handicapped individuals would extensively opt for self-propelled or electric wheelchairs, and although these were progressive and innovative when they first emerged, they were not as versatile in the locations that they could travel as mobility scooters are. For instance, it was rather difficult for individuals to travel to the local supermarket and spend a whole day there, since manual scooters need a strong upper body and the battery on electric wheelchairs were not as long-lasting, once charged, as the ones in mobility scooters. They were also not as stable as mobility scooters and therefore unable to be used in uneven terrains, such as within parks, or bumpy roads.
Due to its long-lasting battery life after charging (some scooters can travel up to 25 miles after charging) mobility scooters are designed to provide ultimate comfort, since they are ideal for long journeys. The Sunrunner 4-wheel scooter by Shoprider is just a single example of a mobility scooter that can travel up to 25 miles on a full battery. It is also able to carry a maximum of 300 lbs, has an attached basket at the front, enabling you to store and carry your belongings. The seat is adjustable and is a swivel one to make it easier for you to get on and off.
A large padded seat that resembles an office chair is one of the main aspects that distinguishes a mobility scooter from an electric wheelchair. They also generally tend to have adjustable seats, some being swivel seats that enable the easy ascending and descending off of a mobility scooter. They have flat free tires to ensure that you are safe and secure even on the roughest of terrains.
One aspect that individuals fail to consider when purchasing a mobility scooter is the leg space. As everyone is of a different build and has a different way of placing their legs, it is important that the mobility scooters be tried out prior to purchasing to directly experience how comfortable you are on a given mobility scooter.
So, if you are looking to purchase a mobility scooter as a handicapped individual or an elderly person, you can be at peace of mind to know that they are much more practical than walking cane or quad cane, as they eliminate the fatigue that comes with supporting your body weight and will bring full independence back into your life.