Choosing the right mobility scooter or power chair can be a timely task, but an important one of course. There are many benefits of using a mobility scooter. This post shares the factors you may want to consider when choosing either a scooter or powerchair, ensuring you find the perfect scooter for you.
It may be beneficial for you to bear in mind the following areas before choosing which scooter or power chair is best for you.
Have you had expert advice from a dealer or Occupational Therapist previously? If so, this will give you a better understanding of the type of qualities you require in your scooter, plus find one tailored for your mobility needs.
Do you have an existing medical condition that would prevent you from operating a scooter safely? If so, there may be room to adapt a scooter tailored for your mobility needs.
Do you wish to use a scooter indoors, outdoors, or both? Different wheels may be tailored for different ground surfaces, so determining where you’ll use the scooter most will help make sure the correct equipment is adapted.
How far are you likely to travel? Some scooters will travel farther than others, so determining the distance you’re likely to travel will help in making your decision.
How often are you planning on using the scooter or powerchair? If you’re using one daily, you’ll require a reliable scooter or powerchair.
- Do you require the scooter to fit in a vehicle or public transport? If so, what type of vehicle?
- Will you need to dismantle the scooter to transport or load it with a hoist?
- Will you need to travel up hills? If so, does the scooter have sufficient weight capacity and maximum gradient to climb these hills?
- Does your typical journey require a suspension system?
- Are the controls easy for you to use?
- Do you need extra leg room?
- Where will you be storing the scooter?
- Do you have an electricity point near the storage location?
- What is your budget?
- Would you like insurance for your scooter or powerchair?
To note, there is no legal eyesight requirement to drive mobility scooters or powered wheelchairs. However, you should be able to read a car’s registration number from 12.3 metres (40 feet).