Mobility scooters are personal transportation vehicles for adults or children. They are usually used by the elderly who have difficulty getting from one place to another by themselves and without pain or struggle. These devices are also used by the partially disabled. A mobility scooter allows people who were once confined to their homes and relied on others for help when walking far distances to lead a more independent lifestyle.
A wheelchair and a mobility scooter or mobility chair function in very similar ways. The advantage of using mobility scooters is that the scooter provides a means of transportation without the requirement of good upper body strength to propel it forward like in a wheelchair. Good shoulder and arm strength as well as good finger dexterity to grab the rims of the wheels are needed in wheelchair users. Without the right amount of adequate strength, a person riding a wheelchair will not be able to travel far enough to make it outside their home. It will also be quite difficulty to maneuver ramps.
Mobility scooters, which have an average speed of 4 to 8 mph, can come as electric models that are similar to motorized wheelchairs. The scooters are usually powered by electricity and can be easily charged at night. In the morning, a person can then immediately begin using the scooter around the house. The scooter’s battery charge will last several hours before the mobility chair needs to be recharged again. These models typically have a second backup battery system which kicks in when the first battery becomes drained. Mobility scooters can also be powered by gas. Gas powered scooters are thought to be less quiet and less convenient to use.
Besides having the functionality of a motorized wheelchair, mobility scooters provide the comfort of a regular scooter. A mobility scooter has a comfortable seat which allows the one riding the scooter to withstand much longer durations on the chair than on other mobility devices. The passenger’s feet can also rest with ease.
These electric-powered or gasoline-powered devices are ideal for outdoor use. Many other mobility devices confine its user to the indoors. With these motorized scooters, there is no worry of the scooter getting damaged in normal outdoor conditions. Scooters can be driven on uneven surfaces such as inclines and street curbs. Whether driven inside or in the outdoors, scooters offer more mobility options because they are less bulky than their alternatives. Scooters for mobility can often be easily disassembled for storage.
The need for personal use scooters has increased over the years. There are now many less expensive models in the market. Because of that rise of people using scooters, some retailers have provided motorized scooters for their patrons to shop with less hassle. Part of the payment of a motorized scooter can sometimes be covered by insurance or by medicare if a doctor prescribed the scooter. Medical scooters for adults are still cheaper than power assisted wheelchairs which have made them a more popular choice among the elderly and disabled.