Home » Health

A Guide To Picking The Right Mobility Scooter

Sep 13, 2008
At some point in a persons life they will end up having to use a mobility scooter on a temporary or permanent basis. This can be a dramatic change in their life if one is not accustomed to manoeuvring with the assistance of a scooter. Many people use mobility scooters for various reasons which can be as a result of a disease, old age and/or after an accident. For others this may be a temporary activity in which the person is required to manoeuvre around without exerting themselves.

However, when using mobility scooters for the first time one must spend some time researching the right kind of scooter to use as this will benefit them greatly in getting around. When purchasing a new mobility scooter, people can very often get the size and weight of the device wrong, which is important if you are opting to travel at greater distances. There are also differences in wheel strength as one is more suited for indoor usage rather than outdoor travelling.

The best way to pick mobility scooters is to consult with the manufacturers directly and test seat the device for a short period. Manufacturers will allow the user to take away the scooter for a week to test drive it to various places without charging you. This is the only way one can determine whether this will be the best way to travel around and whether you feel comfortable controlling the scooter. You will also need to ask yourself the following questions, which will help you to decide.

How long will you need the scooter for and are you going to be using it for prolonged periods each day? If so perhaps you should consult with your doctor or the manufacturer as you may need to use a wheelchair instead. If you have minimal strength in your arms and upper body you may need to obtain a power assisted scooter or chair. Sometimes the scooters will require you to use your upper body to control how fast you travel, if gripping the lever proves to be a problem then you will need to find out what your options are in obtaining a scooter with a better handle.

If you have back problems you will need to find a scooter with a specially designed padded seating or an upright seating position. Most mobility scooters come with a tiller steering mechanism needs the person to sit in an upright position, this will mean that the person will need to use a lot of their upper body strength and use their shoulder muscles. You will also need to determine the kind of terrain you will be travelling on as not all scooters can withstand certain surfaces.

Furthermore are you likely to travel by air or train regularly, if so this will further affect the kind of scooter you choose to buy. Wheelchairs are not usually travel-friendly as they are bulkier and heavy. Scooters however are lighter, but they do not fold up like a wheelchair does. With this in mind you will also need to consider the size of the scooter as it will need to fit through small spaces and manoeuvre round tight corners.

Other factors such as any extra features you may need and the costs are all things to consider when choosing the right scooter. This will normally take a bit of time before you actually purchase one, as you want to make sure that this will last you a long time.
About the Author
Anna Stenning is an expert on picking the right mobility scooters, having helped people do this in the past.
Rating:
Please Rate:
(Average: Not rated)
Views: 129
Print Email Report Share
Article Categories
    • Artists
    • Gambling
    • Humanities
    • Humor
    • Movies
    • Music
    • Photography
    • Tattoos
    • Television
    • Classic Cars
    • Motorcycles
    • Recreational Vehicles
    • SUVs
    • Trucks
    • Vans
    • Branding
    • Business Opportunities
    • Careers and Jobs
    • Corporate
    • Customer Service
    • Direct Mail
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Ethics
    • Financing
    • Franchising
    • Home-Based Business
    • Human Resources
    • Import and Export
    • Leadership
    • Management
    • Market Research
    • Marketing and Advertising
    • Negotiation
    • Network Marketing
    • Networking
    • Organizational
    • Presentation
    • Project Management
    • Public Relations
    • Small Business
    • Strategic Planning
    • Team Building
    • Telemarketing
    • Training
    • Data Recovery
    • Databases
    • Games
    • Hardware
    • Networks
    • Operating Systems
    • Programming
    • Security
    • Software
    • Spyware and Viruses
    • Ask an Expert
    • College and University
    • Home Schooling
    • K-12
    • Languages
    • Online Education
    • Psychology
    • Accounting
    • Credit
    • Currency Trading
    • Debt Consolidation
    • Insurance
    • Investing
    • Leasing
    • Loans
    • Mortgage
    • Mutual Funds
    • Personal Finance
    • Stock Market
    • Structured Settlements
    • Taxes
    • Wealth Building
    • Coffee
    • Cooking
    • Gourmet
    • Recipes
    • Wine and Spirits
    • Arts and Crafts
    • Babies
    • Collecting
    • Elderly Care
    • Genealogy
    • Hobbies
    • Parenting
    • Pets
    • Pregnancy
    • Woodworking
    • Feng Shui
    • Gardening
    • Home Appliances
    • Home Security
    • Interior Design
    • Landscaping
    • Affiliate Programs
    • Article Marketing
    • Auctions
    • Audio
    • Banner Advertising
    • Blogging
    • Broadband
    • Domain Names
    • E-Books
    • E-Commerce
    • Email Marketing
    • Ezines and Newsletters
    • Forums
    • Internet Marketing
    • Link Popularity
    • Pay-Per-Click
    • Podcasting
    • RSS
    • Search Engine Marketing
    • Search Engine Optimization
    • Security
    • Social Media
    • Spam
    • Video
    • Viral Marketing
    • Web Design
    • Web Development
    • Web Hosting
    • Copyright
    • Cyber Law
    • Intellectual Property
    • National, State, Local
    • Patents
    • Regulatory Compliance
    • Trademarks
    • Buying
    • Selling
    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Boating
    • Cycling
    • Extreme Sports
    • Fishing
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Hockey
    • Hunting
    • Martial Arts
    • Running
    • Scuba Diving
    • Soccer
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Dating
    • Divorce
    • Marriage
    • Weddings
    • Astrology
    • Buddhism
    • Christianity
    • Faith
    • Hinduism
    • Islam
    • Judaism
    • Meditation
    • Metaphysical
    • New Age
    • Cable and Satellite TV
    • Cell Phones
    • Communication
    • Gadgets and Gizmos
    • GPS
    • Satellite Radio
    • Video Conferencing
    • VoIP
    • Addictions
    • Coaching
    • Goal Setting
    • Motivational
    • Stress Management
    • Time Management
    • Clothing
    • Electronics
    • Fashion
    • Gifts
    • Jewelry
    • Causes and Organizations
    • Environment
    • History
    • Holidays
    • Men's Issues
    • Nature
    • Philosophy
    • Politics
    • Women's Issues
    • World Affairs
    • Air Travel
    • Camping
    • Cruises
    • Destinations
    • Outdoors
    • Article Writing
    • Book Reviews
    • Copywriting
    • Fiction
    • Non-Fiction
    • Poetry
    • Quotes
    • Screenplay
    • Tools and Resources