Who Needs A Mobility Scooter?
If you keep noticing people with electric mobility scooters out in public when you didn’t before, your subconcious is probably trying to tell you something. If you are experiencing new limits in your personal mobility, you should consider looking into aquiring a mobility scooter for yourself. To get clear on this, you need to ask yourself some key questions:
• Do you have problems moving around your home or getting around outside of the home?
• Is your life quality less because of my mobility problems?
• Does walking or standing for long periods really tire you out?
• Do you spend more than 5 hours of your day sitting or laying down because you just can’t get around?
• Do you want to get your life back and get out more?
Mobility scooters improve the lives of people in Chico, Sacramento, and Modesto who have limited or no mobility due to age, injury, or disease. A typical user is able to walk to some degree but needs the assistance of a mechanical device over slopes and longer walks. Disabled people of all ages use them but it is seniors who want to enjoy life fully without restriction who are the biggest user group. The ease of operation, simple features, and accessibility for everyone are the reasons mobility scooters are so popular.
Benefits of Having a Mobility Scooter
With a mobility scooter, you will be able to once again enjoy your life. Look for a model with a long lasting battery that gets 15-20 miles to the charge and the model and size that fits your exact needs, whether for home or outside, and you will be able to live independently and rely less on people to take care of you. Plus, you won’t have to spend hours sitting or lying down in your house, unable to get out and interact with the world. No matter what your mobility issues are, you and those who care about you benefit.
Things to Look For When Buying…
Weight limits. Most scooter companies will start by asking whether you weigh more or less than 250 pounds. That makes the difference in the scooter that you buy because you may need one that holds more. Think about the things that you’ll be transporting, as well, because added weight means added stress on the equipment.
Dimensions or size. If you’ll be using your scooter indoors in tight spaces you need to know that it can get you where you want to go. The specifications for scooters are readily available on the website that feature them and a salesperson will be ready with that information as well. It should be no problem to get the perfect size for your needs if you think ahead.
Durability. Most people buy a 3-wheel scooter, or for more outdoor use, a 4-wheel model. Make sure that you look at the durability versus the maneuverability so that you can find the perfect fit.
Transporting the machine. If your scooter needs to travel with you, it has to be easy to disassemble and stow away. Make sure that you find one that will fit in the car or be easy to take apart and move if you need that feature.
Accessories. The seat and seat cushions are certainly important. Consider the arms, the controls, and the accessories that are available with your scooter are important to consider. Get exactly what you want, because you deserve it.
Battery life/mileage. If your scooter poops out before you do, it can be a lot more hassle than it’s worth. Check out the battery stats and the expected mileage that you will get. Today’s new scooters can take you 12 to 15 miles before they need a charge.
Free Wheelchairs – Fact or Fiction?
If you talk to Medicare, they will quickly tell you that they cover 80% of the cost of a power wheelchair or scooter under certain circumstances. Be aware that a Medicare approved doctor must perform a full physical and determine your need for a wheelchair or scooter for one or more of the following reasons: you have a spinal, brain, or muscular condition, you are unable to build upper body strength, or you are bedridden for the majority of your day when not in a wheelchair.
The same doctor must then write out a prescription and fill out Medicare’s approval forms. Medicare will pay for 80% after your deductible. Salesmen and websites that promise free scooters are often a scam. After reading Medicare’s rules, it becomes clear that they do not give away free wheelchairs.