Electric Mobility Scooters: Superior Mobility Aids for Disabled and Elderly Electric mobility scooters are superior mobility aids that can make a difference in the every day lives of those who have minor to severe mobility issues.
Electric mobility scooters offer a wide variety of applications and options, as well as providing a way to enjoy superior independence for people who suffer from
mild, chronic, or permanent mobility issues.
What Is An electric mobility scooter?
Electric mobility scooters are very different from
assistive devices. A scooter for the disabled is basically
a motorized vehicle that is ridden and easily maneuvered by the
user. Various types are designed for indoor and outdoor use.
They are powered by batteries and provide a unique mode of
transportation to for the handicapped, because of the size, shape
There are various models of electric scooters, from light and
simple models that can be easily taken apart and stored in the trunk of an automobile, to the very complex designs that are capable of handling off road terrain.
There are several types of electric mobility scooters, all of which offer various standard and optional features.
- 3 wheel indoor/outdoor scooter - The 3 wheel electric scooter offers plenty of leg room and is able to navigate sharp turns. It can be used both in the home as well as outside. 3 wheel travel scooters are more compact than other models, and are designed for quick and easy disassembly/assembly. The 3 wheel travel scooter is not recommended for uneven terrain.
- Heavy duty 3 wheel scooter - Heavy duty 3 wheel scooters are capable of holding large individuals who weigh up to 300 pounds. This model maintains the same the tight turning radius as other 3 wheel models.
- 4 wheel scooter - 4 wheel scooters are similar to the 3 wheel models but do not have the tight turning radius and are not conducive for use inside a home. This type offers more stability and a smoother ride on uneven terrain and are best for outside use.
- Seats - Seat options include basic bicycle styled seats, to complex, comfortable seats with thick cushions, high backs and support arms.
- Steering - Steering columns and handlebars also vary with different models, depending on the number of wheels, features and turning radius required.
- Extra options - Carrying baskets are available in different sizes and some are designed to suit various scooters. Desired tire size and tread are also additional options, depending on what type of terrain your electric mobility scooter is going to encounter.
Advantages for the Disabled
Electric mobility scooters are generally less expensive than powered wheelchairs. They are useful for people with arm or shoulder flexion issues. The seats generally swivel to allow ease when sitting or standing from the vehicle.
For persons with compromised body systems such as the lungs or heart, these scooters offer the person a way to enjoy things in life that they have been missing out on, such as outings where a lot of walking is necessary. A physically challenged person can also use a scooter to perform daily functions while manuevering throughout areas of the home like an accessible bathroom or kitchen.
One of the best advantages to an electric mobility scooter is that they do not look like a wheelchair, thus removing some of the stigma of being disabled. Especially for younger user, there is the "cool" factor associated with some of the modern electric scooters!
Disadvantages or Problems
Electric scooters require the operator to be in an upright position and to have some shoulder, hand and upper body strength and flexibility. Scooters are longer than traditional wheelchairs so the user may have difficulty using certain transport wheelchairs to help mount the scooter.
Users may also have difficult in making zero radius turns. When using the vehicle outside, the user may experience difficulty moving on and off curbs, if the access is not low enough since these scooters tend to sit low to the ground.
The most important thing to consider when purchasing an electric travel scooter is its intended purpose. Other considerations are the user's weight and level of physical functioning. Medicare currently will not pay for an an electric scooter unless the user needs it for use inside their own home.
If you are eligible, it is necessary to check with Medicare prior to purchasing the mobility scooter. If you do qualify for Medicare, you may be able to have up to 80% of the purchase price reimbursed. Some companies can help you process the purchase and make it much easier to receive through Medicare.
This type of mobility aid offers a solution to those troubled by mobility issues. They offer a wide variety of options and are less expensive than powered wheelchairs. If you need one of these handicap aids, be sure to discuss with your health are professional about your particular needs, your purchase options and any assistance that you may be qualified. Electric mobility scooters are cutting edge technology and continue to make dramatic, positive impacts on the lives of the physically challenged.
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