What You Need to Know About a Medical Scooter

A medical scooter or disability scooter provides elderly individuals with mobility, strength or physical handicaps an easy, convenient, (and fun) independent method of travel.

Scooters come in many models and types, offering three and four wheelbases. Disability scooters are versatile, economical, and offer greater mobility and independence to seniors, handicapped individuals, or those suffering from disease or illness that weakens ability to stand and move around.

Medical scooters help individuals with disabling conditions as well as those who are obese, diagnosed with certain types of arthritis, COPD, and other chronic medical conditions that interfere with mobility and ambulation.

Benefits of Medical Scooters

Medical scooters offer greater independence to seniors or the handicapped rather than having to rely on others. Individuals are often unable to take traditional hand-motion wheelchairs onto surface streets, sidewalks or into stores easily.

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Disability scooters enable individuals to access the outdoors, navigate shopping malls, grocery stores and neighborhoods more easily than a manual wheelchair, as well as offer greater stability and functionality.

Disability scooters are beneficial to individuals who tire easily or don't have the energy or strength to push a traditional wheelchair. Traditional wheelchairs may cause additional strain and pain in elbow, wrist and shoulder joints and muscles, which is eliminated through the use of a battery-operated or electric scooter.

Disability scooters are able to go up and down hills without fear of rolling backward or tiring, offering a person greater sense of freedom and self-sufficiency, encouraging seniors or the handicapped to get outside and enjoy their environment.

A disability scooter, classified as a mobility device in between a wheelchair and a small power operated vehicle, is an ideal piece of mobility equipment that may be utilized in zoos, parks, in airports, malls, and other public environments and locations.

What to Look For in a Disability Scooter

A medical scooter should have a basic set of features which includes a seat at the rear of a wheel platform, handlebar controls, and front or rear wheel drive, according to the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research.

Rear wheel drive models are better suited for a outdoor use, making sharp turns, taking inclines, or mobility over curb cuts. Look for models with the anti-tip wheels as part of the frame support. Some of models offer a shorter turning radius than others, so make sure to look at that when choosing a model, especially for indoor use.

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Look for a disability scooter that will grow with the needs of your loved one. Most travel scooters offer a minimum 250 pound weight capacity, though some may offer up to 350 pounds of weight capacity or more.

Look for models that offer the greatest sense of stability for the senior, and choose a model that offers easy hand control.

Choose a scooter they can be used indoors and outdoors, without dis-assembly required. Such models may be transported by bus or car when necessary for greater mobility and independence for your loved one.

Choose a model that offers adequate battery duration capacity, depending on need, for both short distances and long distance travel around the neighborhood. Folding mobility or disability scooters are lightweight and highly maneuverable, as well as being easy to transport.

They're best for use around the home and on short trips to the store. Three or four wheeled models can travel up to 4 miles an hour.

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Scooters the travel up to 8 miles an hour are recommended for those who venture further from home, and can be used on asphalt and pavement as well as sidewalks. Any scooter that is taken on the road or will be used to a great extent to travel to and from destinations should have lights as well as turn signals for added safety.

When searching for the right model disability scooter for your loved one, take the time to do your homework and complete research on the variety of models and styles that will best suit the current and future needs of your loved one.

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