At some point, many peoples’ mobility lessens as they age. Perhaps you or a loved one has lost the ability to walk to the places you want to go. Maybe you are tired of missing out on life because of your impaired mobility.
A simple solution to this problem is the purchase of an electric scooter. Electric mobility scooters resemble motorized chairs or riding lawnmowers and pivot, turn, advance and reverse easily.
Since the passage of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), all public areas and businesses in the United States must provide wheelchair accessible entrances and facilities, which makes getting around on electric scooters that much easier.
When considering potential electric scooters for sale, you should research
- Traditional electrical scooters
- Motorized chairs
- Payment options
Learn about traditional electrical scootersTraditional electric handicap scooters have 3 or 4 wheels and steer using handlebars, similar to a bicycle. They are perfect for outside activities, since they glide easily over multiple surfaces. Some electric motorized scooters fit in the trunk of most cars and offer convenient portability. Most scooters have a maximum weight limit of 350 pounds, although some premium and custom models hold 500 or even 750 pounds. The greater the weight limit, the more expensive the scooter.
Evaluate motorized chairs to increase your mobilityAnother type of medical scooter is the power chair. A power chair has 6 wheels; you steer it with a joystick. These compact chairs fit through most doorways and have incredible turning radii. Although intended mainly for indoor use, you can use power chairs outside on smooth, even surfaces. The iBot power chair can even climb steps. These chairs have a weight limit of 500 pounds, although a few expensive custom models may hold more weight. Power chairs represent an alternative to a motorized wheelchair; many power chair users can stand and walk on their own, but they find it easier and less painful to use a power chair.
Pay for your mobility scooterOne obvious way to pay for your mobility scooter is to use cash or a credit card. Prices range from hundreds to thousands of dollars for such products; if you have the financial means to buy one outright, that's great. Many senior citizens who use such products cannot afford them without help. Luckily, Medicare (and some private insurance carriers) pays for mobility aids such as scooters and power chairs most of the time, as long as you have a doctor's prescription for such a device. Most electric scooter manufacturers handle all the paperwork for you, so all you have to do is wait for your scooter to arrive at your door.
- Before you buy an electric scooter, ask friends and family if they know anyone selling or giving away a power chair or mobility scooter. Trawl local yard sales-you may find one cheaper than you think.