Thoughts on buying a mobility scooter
You are disabled and your mobility is getting worse. Now you realise you can no longer comfortably walk very far so you need to think on this. Distance is not the only problem, speed, balance and carrying also come into the equation. Thoughts turn to buying a mobility scooter.
Original mobility scooter
They first appeared in the 1970s, clunky, chunky and heavy. Things have changed for the better in the last 50 years and now there are a huge number of fantastic options available.
Stop and think
Suddenly there are too many questions and it is difficult to find the answers. Before you go out and invest your savings in a mobility scooter you will need to do some homework of your own. It might not be you but possibly someone you know who needs help.
Buying a mobility scooter
- Do you know someone else with a mobility scooter?
- How much do you want to spend?
- Will you invariably use it directly from the house?
- Where will you use it?
- Three wheels or four?
- Where will you keep it?
- Steep hills. Hills are not good for a battery
- Finally neither Daleks or mobility scooters can safely negotiate steps
Your answers might help you find the correct mobility scooter. Talking to other people you know is often the best way to get honest answers. This article might help.
The mobility scooter market is very competitive. Everyone wants to sell their solution to you. Marketing videos do not use people with a visible mobility problem so they can be very misleading. Do not be hassled or swayed by a smooth-talking salesman.
If you anticipate putting a mobility scooter into a car on your own then hoists are available to lift the scooter off the ground and into your car. Now that the UK is no longer in the EU it is vital that the supplier of the scooter has a UK outlet and there is an agent reasonably close to your home.
In 2009 my maximum walking distance was about 1K and that eliminated doing so many things that I enjoyed. Now it was The Wife pushing me in a wheelchair. Yup, she struggled. Have you ever pushed a wheelchair and a person up a hill or along an uneven pavement? I realised an alternative solution was essential if our marriage was going to last.
In 2010 I was staying in Chichester and saw a man driving a TravelScoot mobility scooter. At first glance it seemed to tick all the boxes. To cut a long story short I visited him and this one was definitely right for me so I bought a new one. I have tried other mobility scooters since but there is nothing else that offers me the independence that I need.
Embrace your mobility scooter
Whatever you use to regain access to a new life then make sure you love it and treasure it. Do not be embarrassed by it. Think about how and where you will use it. Now you can live life in a way you had long since abandoned.
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