What to Know about Medical Mobility Scooters

Electric medical scooters, which are also called mobility scooters, have a seat over two rear wheels with a flat area for the feet, and handlebars for steering. The seat may swivel or have a power lift to assist in getting on and off the scooter. An electrical motor propels the scooters. A battery or two stored on the machine supplies power to the motor. A handlebar or tiller, with forward/reverse directions and speed controls, is located in the centre at the front of the scooter. Thumb paddles, finger controls, or a switch can control forward/reverse direction.

These motorised scooters provide important advantages to people who lack stamina or arm/shoulder flexibility necessary to use a manual wheelchair. The swivelling the seat is easier than struggling with the foot supports on conventional wheelchairs. People with coronary or lung issues, some forms of arthritis, obesity, and other health conditions who are still able to stand and walk a few steps, sit upright without torso support, and control the steering tiller find the scooters extremely helpful. Many users like that they do not look like a wheelchair but provide similar benefits. The cost for electric medical scooters is lower than powered wheelchairs, making them a cheap alternative.

Although electric medical scooters eliminate the strength problems of manual wheelchairs, steering still requires some upper-body strength and mobility. The armrest-mounted controller typical of powered wheelchairs may be better for a person with upper-body strength or mobility issues. Some scooters, because of their length, have wide turning radius and are unable to use some wheelchair-designed lifts. Mobility carts often have fewer options for support, like head or leg rests and are not designed to transfer the user from seat to bed easily.

There are many categories of electric medical scooters. Transportable/Travel mobility scooters are what the name implies. These models disassemble into pieces to fit in the trunk of most cars. The heaviest piece of many models weighs as little as 22 pounds, making them easy to handle. Because these travel scooters are compact, they are not recommended for people tall or heavy people. Three-wheeled mobility scooters are a good choice for both indoors and outdoor usage. They have greater weight capacities and more features available, like power-elevating seats. Four-wheeled mobility scooters offer maximum stability and are often used in outdoor environments. These models usually have higher ground clearance, and bigger tires for more all terrains and some can go as fast as ten mph. The turning radius is larger, which can create problems for indoor usage.

If you are in the market for an affordable mobility scooter in Adelaide, then you need to do a lot of research as there are many mobility scooter dealers out there offering these products at different prices. A word of caution, you should not just look for an affordable model, but rather ask to know what the scooter can offer you. Otherwise, you might buy an affordable mobility scooter only to find that it does not fit your needs. Just be selective and buy that which matches your needs and everything else will be fine. Good Luck in your search.