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Mobility scooters can provide newfound freedom to elderly individuals struggling with day-to-day activities. They are a great way to regain independence. Owning a mobility scooter for disabled individuals lets them experience life and accomplish challenging activities without mobility assistance. But, with so many mobility scooters on the market, it is tough to know which type of product is right for you. At 1800Wheelchair, we are committed to providing expert advice to make the decision process a little easier. When choosing the best mobility scooter for the elderly, there are several things to consider.

 

It is important to determine how you will be using the mobility scooter. Identifying your needsbeforehand will allow you to choose the scooter that best fits your lifestyle. The following are thedifferent types of mobility scooters available in the market. Do your research carefully so you can selectthe perfect fit for you.

  • Portable Travel Scooters
    This is a great option for frequent travelers that are on the go. Most models are compact and lightweight. They are typically foldable for ease of transport. This type of scooter is easy to maneuver and handles well in tight spaces. The portable travel scooter is typically the least expensive option but is not suitable for everyday use.
  • Indoor 3 Wheel Scooter
    This type of model is perfect for home or office use. It offers a tighter turning radius and features a narrow base. It is a good choice for maneuverability in places where space is limited. Keep in mind that the 3-wheel scooter is not recommended for traversing rugged outdoor terrain.
  • Indoor 4 Wheel Scooter
    This is a good choice for comfort as it offers adequate legroom and seat size. It rides at a good speed and has good battery life. Due to the larger size, it will not maneuver as easily as the 3-wheel scooter. It does, however, offer better durability and stability.
  • Outdoor 4 Wheel Scooter
    Outdoor scooters offer large motors with heavy duty tires, making them a good choice for use on unpaved surfaces. Headlights and backlit displays are a desirable feature of this model. This type of scooter is recommended for individuals that anticipate a lot of outdoor usages.
  • Heavy Duty Scooter
    This mobility scooter is built for larger framed individuals, with a weight capacity of up to 550 pounds. This unit features a bigger motor, wider base, and larger tires. It can handle any type of terrain and is great for riding on grass.
 

Being able to get around easily and comfortably is of the utmost importance. But mobility scooters have a wide variety of features and understanding them is the key to making the right decision. Consider the following features when choosing a mobility scooter:

  • Tire Type: Air Filled, Solid, or Foam Filled.
  • Assembled Weight: When assembled, scooter weights vary widely ranging from 50 lbs. to 200 lbs. It is easier to transport and assemble lightweight scooters.
  • Turning Radius: This is the smallest circular turn the scooter can make. A tight turning radius allows for ease of operation and maneuvering around tight corners.
  • Ground Clearance: The space between the base of the tire and the undercarriage. Low clearance provides a stable ride. Higher clearance is needed for outdoor use to avoid damage to the bottom of the scooter.
  • Maximum Recommended Incline: This indicates the amount of an incline that the scooter can safely climb. This is important to consider when using outdoor sidewalks and exit ramps.

PERFORMANCE:

  • Weight Capacity: How much weight the scooter can safely handle according to the manufacturer?
  • Maximum Speed: The fastest speed the scooter can ride is typically 4 mph to 5.5 mph.
  • Operating Range: The distance the scooter can travel on a single charge varies from 8 to 15 miles.
  • Battery Charge Time: The amount of time required to recharge a battery after it completely drains ranges from as little as 2 hours to overnight.
 

Why Choose Mobility Scooters

There are many reasons for buying a new mobility scooter than relying on older technology or other uncomfortable options. Here are just a few of the advantages mobility scooters offer to individuals with disabilities and senior citizens.

Mobility

The primary advantage of buying a scooter is the added mobility it provides. With a motorized scooter to help you or your loved one get around, accomplishing tasks that used to be changeling is made easy.

Comfort

Walkers and canes are perfectly acceptable walking aids but might not be the ideal choice for long-distance or carry items like groceries. Senior citizens might find walking with a cane painful after a while, and disabled/injured individuals could feel discomfort from extended usage of crutches. Scooters allow you to move around in comfort and with ease.

Speed

Finally, electric mobility scooters don’t rely on manual effort to move, making them the faster and more convenient choice for anyone.


Mobility Scooter Buying Tips

Mobility scooters are designed for people who have some mobility but are challenged by slopes or distances. We offer a wide variety of mobility scooters to fit your needs. Leading manufacturers such as Invacare, Pride, and Drive Medical provide quality scooters that come in a number of styles which can accommodate a wide range of user needs. When selecting a mobility scooter one should consider where the scooter will primarily be used (indoor, outdoor or both), how often the scooter will be transported in a car and any specific seating/accessory needs.

Most mobility scooters are defined by four features which separate them from power wheelchairs: Scooters are directed by a tiller at the front of the base that can steers the front wheel. This arm can be tilted and locked allowing a safe and comfortable ride for all users. Forward and reverse motion is controlled by two thumb levers. The seat of scooters is usually mounted on a stem, allowing many scooter seats to rotate from side to side. Finally, scooters have a base board instead of footrests. Scooters are steered using a tiller, you need sufficient arm strength to drive it and thumb mobility to use the controls. Our staff can walk you through the process of finding the right mobility scooter to fulfill your needs.

Below is a brief outline of the three types of mobility scooters 1800wheelchair offers. If you are not sure where to begin or if you need help picking the right scooter for you, please call our expert support staff.

Foldable Mobility Scooters: Easily folded and ready for transport, these scooters are perfect for the active person who likes to travel. Additionally, foldable scooters, often called travel scooters, disassemble into light parts that are easy to lift into the trunk of most cars; some have a heaviest part of only 24-29 lbs! Sealed batteries make these travel scooters airline safe; make sure to check with your carrier booking your flight. Some of our scooters even fold in a piece of luggage - like the Luggie scooter.

3 Wheel Mobility Scooters: Looking for a full featured scooter with excellent maneuverability? Our selection of 3 wheel mobility scooters delivers in your home or outside. Three wheeled scooters offer full-size comfort and are ideal for both indoor maneuverability and outdoor durability. Scooters in this category offer a wide array of features including: swivel seats, arms rests, storage baskets and more. And, with a maximum weight capacity of 300 to 500 lbs even larger framed users can be accommodated. Pride Mobility scooters offer all these features and more.

4 Wheel Mobility Scooters: A fourth wheel and a wider wheel base create the most stable platform within the mobility scooter category. Four wheel mobility scooters are designed for maximum stability and built specifically for outdoor use. Some larger models have knobby tires and high ground clearance; these scooters are a great choice for even rugged terrain. Some models offer a range of 25+ miles per charge and a top speed of 10 mph! The wide wheel base, which makes the 4 wheel mobility scooters great for outdoor use, often makes the turning radius wide as well. Indoor users with tight living spaces should keep this in mind.

Also, we've got a full selection of mobility scooter accessories, indoor and outdoor wheelchairs, adult diapers, lifts and lift chairs. Call our phone representatives at 1-800-233-8110 or order online. Our phone agents are standing by to answer your questions. We offer fast delivery of all products to your door. All orders over $99 receive free shipping.