5 Things to Look For in a Mobility Scooter

5 Things to Look For in a Mobility Scooter

Searching for quality durable medical equipment – like a wheelchair and mobility scooter – can be a challenge. From safety and function to comfortability and special features, there is a lot to consider when buying equipment.

This blog dives right into the question of what you should consider when choosing your mobility scooter. Below, we have listed the five mobility scooter features you will want to keep an eye out for.

1) Ease of Control.

How easy is it for you to navigate around in the scooter? Do you have any limitations to your control capabilities?

Make sure you spend some time testing out a variety of mobility scooter options at your home medical equipment provider location of choice. 

Some scooter controls – like the standard T-shaped tiller – require two hands and constant pressure to move. However, there are other control options – such as delta tillers – available for users with limited hand strength and dexterity.

2) Seat Fit & Comfortability.

Odds are, you are going to be spending long periods of time in the scooter, so it needs to be a good fit!

You will want to find a scooter with a well-cushioned seat and full back support. While compact scooters may be more convenient, they often don’t provide the level of support and security you will want in the long run. 

If armrests are a must, make sure they are sturdy and adjustable to the correct height for your body. And, of course, be sure to check if you have ample leg room. Your feet should sit firmly atop the footpads, with your knees at a comfortable, 90-degree angle.

3) Storage & Transport Capabilities.

Do you have the space in your garage or home to store (and charge) your mobility scooter? How easy would it be to load the scooter in your vehicle for a trip? 

While some scooters are foldable and easy to transport, others are much bulkier. However, the bulkier they are, the more support they typically offer. If you are planning to use your scooter for long periods of time, try your best to find a scooter that offers a good balance of portability AND comfortability. 

4) Wheels To Match The Terrain.

The number and size of wheels you should choose depends HOW you will use your mobility scooter. Will you be using it to travel around indoors? Or do you need a scooter that can easily navigate outdoor terrains? 

If you are purchasing a mobility scooter for indoor use, a three-wheel scooter is going to be your best bet – with a better turning radius and well-suited for turning around corners.

However, if you are looking for an outdoor-friendly mobility scooter, you will probably want to find one with four wheels, as it will provide an extra degree of sturdiness. And remember, the larger the wheels, the smoother your ride will be.

5) A Good Battery Life.

Nobody wants a piece of technology with a short battery life. When surveying your different mobility scooter options, be sure to ask about the battery range. Some scooters are known for providing a longer battery range.

If you are buying pre-owned equipment, this becomes especially important, as you may purchase a scooter with a battery that is already a couple years old.

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