It can be difficult to go about your daily life with confidence and ease, if you have limited mobility. Mobility scooters provide a safe and easy mode of transport for people of all ages to get to work, the shops, other community locations and even social events. They’re a great option for those wanting to get more independence and can be a cheaper alternative to buying a wheelchair accessible vehicle. When combined with accessible public transport they should be able to get you to most of the places you need to go!
There are many types of mobility scooters available on the market, so it’s important to choose the one that suits your individual needs and lifestyle. To help you make the right decision, follow our simple six-step checklist below:
- Get Medical Advice
If you’re thinking about purchasing your very first scooter, it’s a good idea to talk to your doctor or physical therapist first. They will help you understand whether a scooter is appropriate for your particular needs. You will need to discuss your current mobility restrictions and any medications you take, that may prevent you from operating a scooter safely and correctly or affect your alertness.
- Consider your Carer
If you rely on a carer to help you with daily activities, it’s equally important for them to understand how your mobility scooter works. Take them with you when purchasing a mobility scooter so they can get a thorough understanding of the assembly, operational, maintenance and storage needs.
- Assess your Environment
If you live in an urban environment, you may need to consider the terrain around you including hills, ramps, and uneven pavement. These areas may require a larger scooter with a longer battery life. If you’re planning on using your scooter indoors – mostly in shopping centres, nursing homes or hospitals, then you may opt for a smaller, more manoeuvrable scooter that can navigate easily in between narrow spaces.
Regardless of whether you will use your scooter for indoor or outdoor use, you will need somewhere secure to store it. Ideally, this should be somewhere indoors to keep your scooter protected from harsh weather conditions and theft. However, if you don’t have room indoors, there are a range of scooter covers and locks available.
- Test Drive Different Models
When you shop around, don’t just sit in the scooter, make sure you take it for a test drive too! Like cars, mobility scooters come in a range of sizes and styles so it’s important to trial them and make sure they’re comfortable to drive. When trialling a scooter, check that you can reach the controls easily and comfortably.
- Get Professional Advice
If you’re unsure about choosing the right mobility scooter for you, seek professional advice. At Life Mobility, we offer at home demonstrations and trials so you can conveniently try and choose what’s right for you, from the comfort of your own home.
We aim to empower people living with a disability or limited mobility to lead active and independent lives. We understand that each person’s needs are unique and therefore require a customised solution.