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Here’s a scenario: You’ve been meaning to get a mobility scooter for a while now. You know it’s really important and it will make a world a difference in your life allowing you to move independently about your community when you choose.
Despite your family’s and heath care practitioner’s nagging, you still haven’t gotten around to it. The number of options is giving you a headache.
Does this scenario sound too familiar?
Deciding which mobility scooter is right for you is challenging. At Life Unlimited, we understand that full well. So here is a how-to guide to steer you in the right direction.
If you keep these eight important points in mind, you will be one step closer to living independently.
1. How will you use your scooter?
This question should hopefully be the easiest one for you to answer. Will you use your scooter occasionally when you’re too tired to walk? Will you use it daily to go to the shops or to walk the dog? Or will you use it regularly to replace your car? There are mobility scooters made for each of these purposes.
2. What’s your build?
Luckily for you, mobility scooters were made with different builds in mind. You can take comfort in the fact that your mobility scooter suits your body well. Consider both your height and weight when looking at mobility scooters because of weight restrictions.
3. How far will you ride per trip?
Some mobility scooters can travel a whooping 55km per charge on flat terrain! But not everyone wants to go 55km every time they drive.
Think about it this way: Mobility scooters that travel further require longer battery charge times. If you only want to use your mobility scooter occasionally to travel to your local supermarket, it’d be a waste of time to use such a high capacity scooter.
4. What terrain will you use your scooter on?
Have you heard the saying “It’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey”? In this instance, that’s particularly true! Are you a mountaineer at heart who will ride their scooter on loose gravel and bush paths? Or are you a homebody who will only ride on footpaths and the occasional road?
Different strokes for different folks! And we have a choice of scooters for each scenario.
5. What’s your carry on?
It’s important to consider what you will carry with you when using your scooter. Whether you just carry your walking stick or your walking frame, weekly groceries and dog makes a difference.
6. What options and features matter?
There are many options and features available to you. It’s up to you to decide which ones are important to you. Some of these features include colour, size, safety, number of wheels, comfort, speed, maneuverability, and distance.
7. Which accessories would you find useful?
Accessories aren’t just to make your scooter personalised – there are some incredibly functional accessories you may never have heard of before! Some useful accessories include a sun canopy, walker-carrying bracket, drink holder, seat belt and a locking front carrier box.
Now that you know how to choose a mobility scooter, let’s put it into action …
Here are three different scooters for different situations.
If you’re a looking to travel rough and uneven paths to pick up your groceries try the Neo Titan HD. This heavy-duty scooter has front and rear suspension to give you a sturdy ride over rough terrain, and it has a maximum carrying weight of 180kg.
If you want to use your scooter for shorter, leisurely trips, the Neo Galaxy SIII is perfect for you with a travel range up to 32km and a top speed of 11kph. This mobility scooter is a much-loved model due to its low price and great comfort. The delta handle bar assembly makes for easier manoeuvrability too.
If you miss taking your dog on long walks around town while being extremely comfortable, then the Invacare Leo Mobility Scooter is your dream scooter. It’s the ideal indoor/outdoor scooter with its compact size and long range capacity. It includes a 360° swivel seat that’s height adjustable, and features width and angle adjustable arms.
If you’re ready to wheel your way to independence, click this form, print it out, fill it out and take it to your local Life Unlimited store.
If all of this is a bit confusing, don’t be alarmed. At Life Unlimited Store we are mobility scooter experts. You can browse our full range of mobility scooters on our website, or you can request an appointment with your local Life Unlimited Store to discuss your mobility scooter needs.