The following is an excerpt from “Senior Power Mobility Scooters.”
Do I Need a Scooter?
The first thing to do when considering a scooter, power chair or any mobility device is to get an evaluation from your doctor. An occupational therapist, if you have one, can also conduct an evaluation. You won't need a doctor's evaluation to purchase a scooter unless you want financial assistance from Medicare.
Types of Powered Mobility Devices
There are two basic categories of powered mobility devices.1. Power Chairs
2. Mobility Scooters
Considerations for Mobility Scooters
A big question is how will you transport your scooter? Portable scooters can be folded and put in a car's trunk. But this will likely require assistance from a friend or relative.
Large, heavier models need to be lifted by a vehicle lift that attaches to your car, van or truck. These lifts can run as high as $3,000.
What other options might you desire: swivel seats, reclining seats, flat free tires, long range, adjustable headrests, tight turning radius steering, removable armrests, speed, and battery charge?
Think about long-term use for your scooter. Is it something you can use if your living arrangements change? For instance, if you move to an assisted living facility, how practical will a particular model be? Can you use it in a small apartment? Will it get through most doors?
If you live in a retirement community or assisted living facility, find out their scooter rules first.
What comes standard on the scooter? And is there room for attachments you may need down the road?
What kind of warranty comes standard with the scooter? Where and how is service/repairs performed? Do you have to bring in your scooter to the store? Or will they make house calls?
From Safety-In-Place: Another mobility option to consider is a golf cart. There are many kinds of golf carts and they can be fun to drive. Of course many of the concerns noted above will also apply to your decision regarding a golf cart, including your driving capacity. If you plan to use it on the road, check local laws and ordinances for road use of golf carts prior to making a purchase.
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