BUYER’S GUIDE TO MOBILITY SCOOTERS

Independent Living Specialists Mobility Solutions Mobility Scooters

Mobility scooters have restored the living conditions of a countless number of ailing, aged or handicapped people. This device has helped people who have not been able to travel far without help, to acquire a remarkable level of freedom.

It also helps those who are immobile or elderly people to battle against being socially reclusive and other health issues. Possession of a mobility scooter does not need a person to pre-plan a trip to the shop or to meet a friend. It’s very easy to carry out your daily chores or even go on an expedition. It is so easy to hop on your scooter and be on your way to where ever you need to be.

In the event you are thinking of purchasing a mobility scooter for yourself or a loved one, some options have to be considered. In this guide, the questions to be asked before finally choosing a scooter is outlined. A rough idea of the different types of mobility scooters and the features that help to find the correct scooter is also provided.

What is a Mobility Scooter?

Mobility scooters have been manufactured for people who find it difficult to walk long distances due to a disability or a health problem but are capable of operating a small vehicle. With the improvement of the design and battery life, mobility scooters have become a popular mobility aid to a greater extent and frequently seen in shopping malls and even payments.

There are various types of scooters available in the market. The small models can fit into your car boot and the heavy duty mobility scooters are able to climb steep hills and travel up to 50 km distance on a single charge.

Is a Mobility Scooter the right thing for you?

Choosing to use to not to use a mobility scooter is due to many reasons and finally, it will be due to a family or personal decision. When a person has difficulty to drive, a mobility scooter can be of assistance to take the place of the motor vehicle. Although there can be a problem when it comes to road safety, you have to build courage, confidence, and ability to operate the mobility scooter. The low speeds and ease of use render less risky to the users in comparison to a car.

A mobility scooter can also be used in combination with other types of transport. For example, the folding mobility scooter can be taken out in the boot of the car for use around a shopping mall or short excursions.

A person recovering from an injury or surgery could get temporary assistance from a mobility scooter.

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Consideration

Judging whether the user has the ability and confidence to operate a mobility scooter or any other aid assisting device is the most important thing to consider when choosing a mobility scooter. Although using this device lets a person to continuously maintain independence without tiring and exerting the physic too much, the user should be able to get on and off the scooter without help and operate it taking the safety of self, other pedestrians, and road users into consideration.

Firstly, the best idea will be to speak to your occupational therapist about your ability to operate a scooter. They are the best judges as they are capable of understanding your physical requirements and discuss how to make full use of it and get about your day.

You have to learn to operate it safely before planning on venturing into shopping or visiting family etc.

Learning to operate

The following have to be mastered.

  • Operating the hand controls to turn left and right
  • Turning your head to look for pedestrians and traffic
  • Have a good vision and hearing to be conscious of the environment.
  • Be alert to respond quickly and confidently to unpredictable situations.
  • Being able to concentrate on the whole duration of the trip.
  • Being able to balance on an uneven terrain or a slope.

In addition, you should be able to get on and off the scooter without any help, and walk a little unaided or with a walking aid.

When choosing a folding mobility scooter or a small scooter that can be dismantled, keep in mind whether you can lift into a car or you’ll need help and if they too will be able to lift it.

Considering the wide range of mobility scooters in the market, it is very easy to find a model that fits your budget requirements. However, the availability of a larger collection can sometimes make you difficult to decide what the correct device is for you. Therefore, it is important to actually to think the reason for using the device and then select a scooter accordingly.

Is a small scooter required to get around inside your home or at the shopping mall? Or is it to get around to the local shop or visit your friend’s home? On second thought, do you need something stronger that can take the place of a car to travel a little further away from home?

Your residential domain and landscape have also to be considered. A small scooter can easily move around flat ground surface but if you are a residing in a mountainous area or not a flat surface, a more powerful scooter will be required to avoid being stranded.

It is also important to take note of your own physical appearance. Small scooters have smaller seats and footrests, so, if you are on the heavy side, it is advisable to choose a model that will suit your weight and body frame.

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Scooter Models

Small Mobility Scooter

These scooters can cover a range of 20kms. It is the best device to get around indoors and easily fits into your car boot. It is maneuverable and convenient.

It’s turning circle is smaller than usual which is useful when navigating it in crowded malls. Most of the small models are generally collapsible or could be dismantled for storage or to be taken while traveling and also checked on a flight as baggage.

However, the small scooters are fitted with a smaller battery which delivers less range per charge and the small wheels could be unsteady on rough terrain and also not equipped with much power to climb steep hills.

Attributes of A Small Mobile Scooter

  • Could be easily dismantled for transport
  • Easy to operate in a crowded area due to its small size.
  • Smooth ride due to basic suspension.
  • Detachable battery for travel.
  • Rear and front LED lights for better vision.
  • Basket for shopping in the front.

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Medium-Sized Scooters

Medium sized scooters could also be considered as the best choice to be used for public transport. Although changes are limited, these scooters could be taken on any public transport that’s accessible to wheelchair.

Features of the medium-sized scooters

  • Flat tire proof, wobbly tires for extra grip outdoors.
  • LED lighting for front head light, tail light, and indicators for better vision.
  • Basket for shopping in the front.
  • Comfortable ride due to basic suspension.
  • Padded armrests, headrests, and seat.
  • View mirrors on the rear for extra safety.

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Heavy Duty Mobility Scooters

Heavy duty mobility scooters are also known as large scooters which can cover a range of 25km to 50km. best suited to use on rough paths and long distances. The pneumatic rubber wheels and suspension provides a smooth ride. All models of these type of scooters are equipped with extra comfortable seats inclusive of padded head rests and arm rests.

Features of Heavy Duty Mobility Scooters

  • Pneumatic tires for a trouble-free ride over uneven rough areas.
  • Deluxe padding on the high top seat.
  • Hydraulic braking system for greater control
  • Full lighting structure inclusive of LED tail light, curb light, head light and indicators
  • Large basket in the front for shopping
  • Capacity to add more storage and accessories.

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Operating your Scooter

First Timers

It is advisable to first use your mobility scooter on a flat surface, a place where there isn’t any traffic and interference to get a grasp of the controls. Keep manoeuvering until you perfect the starting, stopping, turning and going up and down a pathway. Ensure you are fully aware of operating all the controls, adjusting the seating position, able to adjust seating position and confident of getting on and off the scooter without assistance.

Once the scooter is brought home, you will want to make sure you’ll be able to use it for a long period of time.

Think where you will store it when it is not in use. It could be kept inside if it’s small. Larger ones could be kept in a garage or porch. Wherever it’s parked, ensure to have easy access to a power point for charging in between uses.

Having an insurance cover to protect from theft or damage is also important. If your current insurance cover for your home does not include your mobility scooter, it can be added with an additional premium or a separate mobility scooter insurance could be obtained.  Ensure the policy covers damage and theft of the scooter, as well as damage to property or other people.

In order to run well, the mobility scooter will be required to be serviced annually.

Charging the mobility scooter.

  • The batteries have to be fully charged before each outing to get the most out of your mobility scooter.
  • Before charging the scooter power switch has to be turned to the off position.
  • Connect the charger to the charging port of the scooter and then plug the cord into a power outlet.
  • When the scooter’s battery is fully charged, the light will change to green.
  • As soon as the green light appears, disconnect the charger from the charging port and then from the power outlet.
  • It takes approximately 8 to 10 hours to charge a mobility scooter. It is advisable to charge overnight to ensure it’s ready to be used on the next day.

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Travelling Safe

It is advisable to check whether everything is properly secured and the battery is fully charged before heading out on a trip. Refrain from using your mobility scooter if you feel tired, sick or have been drinking anything intoxicating.

In order to be seen by traffic and other pedestrians while traveling outside, switch the lights of your mobility scooter on. An orange safety flag could also be added for better vision. Ensure not to overload the scooter with too many accessories or bags and whatever you carry should not obstruct your view or ability to use the controls.

Lastly, plan where you are going and if possible, avoid narrow pavements, busy road and cross the road at market pedestrian crossings or traffic lights.

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Getting Around

Mobility scooters have been manufactured to ride on a footpath or anywhere else walkers can go. Since it is not considered as a motor vehicle, it is not permitted to travel on the road, except when crossing or when there is no footpath.

Normally, it is not necessary to register a mobility scooter as it is not considered as a motor vehicle. However, in Queensland, it is required to register with the Department of Transport and Main Roads if you hope to use it outside. Registration is free and includes third part party insurance.

It is always best to check the regulations in your state before purchasing a mobility scooter as rules may have changed.

Also, ensure you are knowledgeable of the road rules for pedestrians and fully aware where a scooter can and cannot be taken. Extra care has to be taken when traveling through shopping malls or when crossing roads without traffic lights or zebra crossing.

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Public Transport and Mobility Scooters

As a common rule, mobility scooters are treated as wheelchairs or other assistance aids and allowed on public transport. It is important to plan your trip before you start out to be confident to get on and off your destination and allow extra time to get there.

When traveling by train, wait at the front of the platform where the first carriage stops and ensure the driver is able to see you to lower a ramp to get on and ask which station you are traveling to help you to disembark.

When traveling by bus or tram, check your route if any accessible services are offered. Sometimes if a request is made in advance, the operator may add an accessible service.

Whether tram or bus stop, ensure to stay where you are visible to the driver to enable him to extend a ramp to help you to get on the bus or tram. When disembarking, they will extend the ramp again.

Although restrictions change between states and transport, usually, all mobility aids including wheelchairs and scooters should have the following specifications

  • Fit within a space of 1300mm in length and 800mm in width.
  • Should not be more than 750mm wide.
  • Maximum height should be 1500mm.

Although your mobility scooter will usually fit within these specifications, any added accessories like a flag or canopy could exceed it.

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POWERED ELECTRIC LIFT CHAIRS FOR THE ELDERLY

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At a certain point of our lifetime, it may sometimes become necessary to purchase an electric lift recliner chair due to an ailment that limits mobility or old age. This chair is the best option as it helps the user to stand and sit without assistance.

Independent Living Specialists has a wide range of lift chairs powered electrically for the elderly in all their stores Australia wide. Although these are termed as “adjustable life aged care chairs”, it is suitable for people of all ages. This product gives comfort, independence, freedom, and relaxation to users.

ILS is able to design a model to suit a user’s need. Chairs are available to fit into any dimension of your dwelling and the fabric cover could also be changed to suit your taste and room décor.

New Products

Studio Dual Motor with head and lumbar power lift chair, Mayfair luxury electric recliner lift chair and Eton twin motor lift chair are some of the new additions of electrically powered lift chairs for the elderly available at ILS.

Studio Dual Motor with Head and Lumbar Power Lift Chair

Priced at $2995.99, it has been manufactured with the latest technology to power lumbar and headrest adjustment. It is ideal for those who are unable to move from a sitting position to a standing position. The headrest and lumbar provides excellent comfort with four special functions installed for its best quality.

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Mayfair Luxury Electronic Recliner Lift Chair

Currently being sold at $1795.99, it is manufactured with the highest quality of leathers available in the market. The colors used in the elegant finish will blend with any type of home décor. It has an option of an excellent wall-saving space saver motor which enables the chair to stop 10cm away from the back wall. It also has e section waterfall backrest design for maximum comfort and support of upper, middle and lower back.

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Eton ‘Box in Box’ Twin Motor with Powered Head Rest Lift Chair

Priced at $3495.99 it has been manufactured with the latest technology inclusive of powered headrest adjustment and 4 power functions. In addition to its classy look, the new integral ‘box in box’ mechanism is its source of pride. This fully covered unit’s mechanism cannot negligently obstruct the chair in its upright position. It also has an independent headrest for more comfort.

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Popular Products

Some of the popular powered electric lift chairs available at ILS are Mayfair select electric recliner lift chair, Stella electric recliner lift chair, and Pride C5 electric recliner chair

Mayfair Select Electric Recliner Lift Chair

Priced at $845.99, this chair is adaptable to suit any setting or home décor. It has a 3 section waterfall backrest design for maximum comfort and support of the middle, lower and upper back.

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Stella Electric Recliner Lift Chair

Priced at $1455.99, it is a dual motor, fully upholstered lounge chair. It is also a reliable recliner which includes foam padded seat and a two-section padded backrest to support the head and lumbar.

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Pride C5 Electric Recliner Lift Chair

Currently being sold on the web for a limited time at a special price of $895.99. It is full of great features which include a unified emergency battery back-up, a steel frame, and full length, fully padded and upholstered armrests for additional comfort.

Online customers are assured of free delivery to the door by ILS.

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Benefits

Using an electric lift recliner chair helps to reduce the risk of injury, create a sense of independence and provide utmost comfort.

TERRAIN MOBILITY SCOOTERS IN AUSTRALIA

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Using a mobility scooter which is suitable for all terrains is ideal for those who are adventurous and like to live an active lifestyle. Enjoying the countryside while traveling can become a reality as four-wheel drive mobility scooters are designed to drive on rough areas, uneven ground, pavements, grass and mountainous roads.

Independent Living Specialists has always been a reliable and trustworthy supplier of mobility aids and now they have introduced the Solax Predator 4-wheel drive mobility scooter,140XLPathrider mobility scooter and Sunrise Medical Sterling S700 mobility scooter, currently available in all their stores Australia wide with free delivery to the doorstep for online customers.

Predator 4-Wheel Drive Mobility Scooter

The Solax Predator 4-wheel drive mobility scooter is a new product manufactured especially for those who travel on both pavements and any type of roads without difficulty. It is considered to be one of the best mobility solutions in the current market. It is currently available at a discounted price of $10,409.99. With a maximum weight capacity of 150kg, this scooter can be driven in two modes which is a superior off-road mode and a smoother on-road mode. It is an ideal investment for people looking for an exclusive type of mobility scooter to travel around the town or even on an outdoor hazardous experience.

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140XL Pathrider Mobility Scooter

Priced at $4,525.99 with a free rear bag and crutch holder, the 140 XL Pathrider mobility scooter is filled with high performing facets such as hydraulic sealed brake system and full suspension. It has an impressive mix of power and accuracy. The smooth, agile style with abundant standard luxury touches, wrap around easy drive tiller and LED lighting makes it the perfect outdoor scooter.

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Sunrise Medical Sterling S700 Mobility Scooter

Priced at $3,499.99, this scooter is in the forefront of all scooters with high caliber outdoor performance. It’s actually a mobility scooter manufactured who those who find it difficult to stay in one place. The large 7AH battery size powers a distance range up to 55km. It is able to deal with higher angles of 10 degrees, higher slopes up to 100mm and greater hurdles with its large 33cm tires.

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Comfort

The user’s best comfort has been taken into consideration in the manufacture of these scooters and the user will not feel any discomfort due to the important features equipped. Also, anyone using these scooters need not worry about the device jolting while riding and getting hurt.

Social and Health Benefits

Considering the many positive facets of these devices your social life will improve automatically with the use of any of these mobility scooters. Participating in social activities independently and enjoying life to the fullest will definitely improve your health pattern positively for the betterment.

TOP 3 NEW MOBILITY AND CARE SOLUTIONS FROM ILS

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When a person is old or immobile due to an injury or birth defect, it becomes impossible or difficult to use normal seating chairs. A specially designed chair becomes necessary depending on the demands your body has to face in your daily life.

Independent Living Specialists have specialized chairs taking your comfort, correct positioning and posture into consideration. You will be able to find a specialized chair to meet your needs perfectly at all stores of Independent Living Specialists Australia wide. They have a wide range of strong, comfortable and durable chairs sourced from some of the most reputed brand manufacturers.

Importance of posture

In order to carry out normal work efficiently it is necessary to adopt the required posture, as a person’s activity depends on good posture and if the movement is restricted or if it is difficult to adjust to proper posture, specialized seating becomes necessary to overcome this issue.

Specialized chairs

Utility Days Bariatric chair, Chair Bariatric Royale and Seatra Commode & Shower Chair Plus travel bag are 3 of the top new specialized chairs available at all stores of ILS Australia wide.

Utility Days Bariatric Chair

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Priced at $595.99, Utility Days Bariatric Chair has a low back and a fine orthopaedic solution with additional features ideal for dining and daily household work of users. It is fitted with an adjustable seat height at an angle that gives the ideal hip support. The curved cushioned backrest of the chair is very comfortable and a good support for the posture.

Chair Bariatric Royale

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The Chair Bariatric Royale is priced at $695.99. It is a high back chair with an orthopaedic solution that provides a broader seat width and strong frames suitable for users weighing 200kg and above. It is also fitted with an adjustable height and seat base along with a bowed backrest and steel frame coated with powder.

Seatara Wheelable Commode & Shower Chair plus Travel Bag

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Priced at $3,295.99, this specialized chair is one of the most advanced level commode and shower chairs that could be wheeled and permits the user to easily use a normal toilet stall.

The commode is lightweight, self-propelled, water resistant and portable chair fitted with an operational wheel system.

Highlights of the Product

• It is sturdy, durable and strong with adjustable foot-rest and usual arm-rest.
• Due to its unique size, it can go through any narrow path and fit into the tiniest cubicle.
• It has a wheel lock fitted for safety and security.
• It is easy to be kept clean and does not need any special cleaning products.
• The transport bag is equipped with wheels and designed with the universal wheelchair symbol for trouble-free commercial transportation.
• It is usable on top of a normal toilet 47cm by 37cm.
• Foldable arm-rest can be pushed up for sitting comfortably for long period of time.
• Maximum weight capacity of 100 kgs.

Health Benefits

A proper comfortable seating decreases pain in the back, hips and neck and increases mobility and independence. However, it is important to choose the correct specialist seating device after the person’s need or requirement is properly assessed by a professional.

HOW TO CHOOSE A POWER WHEELCHAIR

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Power chairs or electric wheelchairs are also known as power wheelchairs and these have been manufactured for people who are able to walk only a short distance and for those who are not able to walk at all. This device helps people to be independent within their own home, retirement home or nursing home environment and also venture outside. It is operated by two motors to power the main drive wheels and can be driven by the user via a joystick control.

Although a license is not required to ride a power wheelchair, getting professional advice from your doctor or healthcare professional with regard to the safety of driving one is recommended.

When the necessity arises to purchase a power wheelchair, there are many aspects to be considered. Independent Living Specialists has a wide range of well-known products in all their stores Australia wide. Although there are various types of wheelchairs on the market ILS does its best to choose the correct power wheelchair to match your body type, lifestyle and budget.

How to Choose

The first thing to consider when choosing a power wheelchair is whether it is within .your budget. Thereafter check whether the seat fits you, legs are comfortable and the right weight capacity to fit your size. Consider the landscape of the area where you are living and if so, be sure if the power chair has sufficient weight capacity to be used on if it is a hilly area.

Consider how long you intend to use the chair daily and if you need to use it every day, ensure it can handle regular use over a long period of time.

Ensure your hand is strong enough to operate the device and also ascertain if it is easy to use a joystick or another control system.

Rear Wheel Drive Power Wheelchair

Travel Lite Folding Power Chair

The Travel lite electric folding power wheelchair is a lightweight, easy folding mobility solution that will guarantee a comfortable ride

 

 

This chair has its drive wheels at the rear with castors in the front. It’s very strong and ideal for active people. It is quite suitable for outdoor areas and drives smoothly at high speed outdoors.

Mid Wheel Drive Power Wheelchairs

The Cougar PowerLift is also equipped with smooth motors, comfortable seating and mid wheel maneuverability which provides users a secure and comfortable ride.

The Cougar PowerLift is also equipped with smooth motors, comfortable seating and mid wheel maneuverability which provides users a secure and comfortable ride.

These power chairs have its drive wheel in the centre. It has an extraordinary tight turning circle and easy to manoeuver which makes it ideal for indoor use. The front and rear castors support a stable outdoor drive.

Front Wheel Drive Power Wheelchairs

 

The Titan Powerchair is perfect for users on the go as it can be disassembled, without tools, and loaded easily into a car for easy transportation. Its ultra-manoeuvrable and compact size makes it ideal for around the home and in busy shopping centres.

The Titan Powerchair is perfect for users on the go as it can be disassembled, without tools, and loaded easily into a car for easy transportation. Its ultra-manoeuvrable and compact size makes it ideal for around the home and in busy shopping centres.

Due to drive wheels in the front, these power chairs can drive over terrain and obstacles such as bumpy turfs. It is powerful and very strong especially when driven on an uneven outdoor ground. Since there are no castors in the front there is more space for positioning the foot.

Social and Health Benefits

Social and health benefits are manifold. Being seen on a sophisticated device of this nature will definitely boost your ego and the enthusiasm of making best use to gain your independence will help you to enhance your lifestyle and help improve your health to your utmost happiness.