BUYER’S GUIDE TO MOBILITY SCOOTERS

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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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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.

MAINTENANCE OF A MOBILE SCOOTER

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First and foremost it is important to read the manual issued with the scooter and follow the instructions and recommendations mentioned by the manufacturer.

There are many things that can be done to ensure your mobility scooter remains in good condition and lasts as long as possible. Since all scooters are not the same, it is vital to follow the manufacturer’s advice as per the manual.

Washing and brushing your mobility scooter is essential for many reasons. Daily cleaning helps prevent dirt, dust, grime etc penetrating into parts of the scooter plus a clean outlook improves the appearance of the machine. However, it is also important to wipe and keep the scooter dry to keep the scooter rust free.

In order to prevent getting wet from rain and kept dry, many mobility scooters could be protected with protective covers. Keeping the seat and other fabrics on the mobility scooter dry are also very important.

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Batteries

Another important element of the mobility scooter is the battery which is usually sealed lead acid or gel based and needs to be charged after considerable use.

Usually, all mobility scooters have a guideline regarding the usage range of the battery, but this is only if it is not kept properly charged.  If you need to get the best use of the battery, it is recommended to charge the battery at least 12 hours after you receive it and thereafter keep it fully charged throughout for long-lasting usage. However, someday the battery could get exhausted so it is advised to get it checked annually by a professional to ensure it is charging properly.

Another way of keeping the mobility scooter maintained is greasing the terminals of the battery. The battery has to be cleaned with a damp cloth and if the battery does get wet, ensure to wipe and dry it completely before using the mobility scooter.

Eventually, there will be a decrease in the battery’s capacity to hold a charge, which will result in the mobility scooter being charged constantly. Always check the charge on the scooter’s indicator before embarking on a journey. A fully charged scooter is also necessary to power external lights when traveling in darkness or in bad visibility conditions.

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Charging the battery depends on the model of the mobility scooter. Sometimes it will need charging after every journey or when the charge indicator shows low. A mobility scooter battery usually lasts between one to two years before being replaced depending on the usage. In order to work efficiently, a battery has to be charged frequently.

During the winter season, it is important to be cautious about keeping the scooter charged as when a scooter is not in use the battery loses its charge and eventually decay if it is not charged at all times.

Brakes

Brakes have to be serviced annually by a professional to ensure safety. Most electric mobility scooters are fitted with an inertia system of braking which makes it halt when the power is eased off.

Tires

Every now and then the tires of the mobility scooter will wear off and a puncture is the biggest issue if you are a long way from home. Deep treat tires are the best, puncture proof tires available in the market.

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MOBILITY SUSTENANCE WITH INDEPENDENT LIVING SPECIALISTS

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Senior citizens of this era are enjoying life in comparison to their predecessors. Many elders over the age of 65 are now leading a more active life than their parents. Considering this current flow, it is apparent that mobility plays an important role among the aged population.

Eventually, most seniors in their 70s and 80s are bound to develop various types of disabilities or chronic medical conditions that will hinder their ability to stay active and mobile. Luckily, due to the advancement in the manufacture of mobility aids, various kinds of products are available to assist the elderly to live an independent and active life. Further, many resources from websites to funding programs are now helping the aged population towards a more fulfilling life.

Canes

A cane is one the most prominently used equipment that provides assistance. It can bear 25% of a person’s weight and prevent a patient from falling. Independent Living Specialists have a wide range of canes in their stores Australia wide.

Single-point cane and quad canes are the two types available and a single point cane gives the required support to walk and is ideal for those who are experiencing a slight imbalance, poor stamina or weakness in muscles.The quad cane has four points that contact the ground and is considered to be more durable than a single point cane. It is beneficial for those suffering from muscle weakness which may have occurred due to a stroke or brain injury.

Single point cane products

Wooden walking stick with crook handle priced $19.99. Heavy duty offset cane priced $79.99 and Cobra cane walking stick priced $45.99 are some of the popular single point cane products available at ILS stores.

Quad Cane products

Walking stick quad cane with small base priced $ 65.99, Walking stick quad cane with large base priced $55.99 and Argo quad cane priced $95.99 are some of the fast moving cane products available at ILS stores.

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Walkers

The elderly and those with limited mobility worldwide rely greatly on walkers for their mobility needs. Manufacture of the walker has productively changed over the years. This was initially designed as a temporary equipment to rehabilitate but currently, it has been modified to be used at homes with additional features such as wheels, brakes, seats including convenient accessories like walker bags, trays, and detachable baskets.

Seat walker rollator with four wheels priced $99.99, Auscare seat walker with basket priced $165.99 and travel lite portable outdoor seat walker priced $249.99 are some of the popular walkers available at ILS stores.

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Featuring a curved padded backrest for comfort and a cushioned seat, which lifts to allow access to the handy shopping basket. Six inch wheels for a small turning circle allowing ease of use for both indoors and outdoors.

Scooters

A scooter is a three-wheeled mobility device which is gaining popularity among the elderly. It is ideal for those who are able to walk short distances but need assistance for long distances. Almost all scooters have rear wheel drive and front wheel steering. Although this device was discovered a long time back, it is believed to have withstood many major improvements. Current technology has played a major role in the most important changes like battery power which recharges speedily. Other special changes are power seats, flip back arms, adjustable bases, and gear drive systems.

Envoy 4 plus mobility scooter priced $2095.99, Scout portable scooter priced $1245.99 and Scout sport Quattro mobility scooter with all round suspension priced $1399.99 are some of the popular brands available at ILS stores.

The Scout sport quattro Mobility Scooter features deluxe cushioned seating with stitching and contoured wide armrests for a more relaxed ride, and in addition to its comfort, it provides the next generation Drive splitting mechanism for easy storage and transportation

The Scout sport quattro Mobility Scooter features deluxe cushioned seating with stitching and contoured wide armrests for a more relaxed ride, and in addition to its comfort, it provides the next generation Drive splitting mechanism for easy storage and transportation

EASILY FOLD-ABLE MOBILITY SCOOTERS

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Mobility scooters that are foldable are now very popular among those with limited mobility. Independent Living Specialists have a wide range of mobility solutions suitable for any type of handicap. Foldable mobility scooters are one of their specialties. Some of the top brands with a great range of mobility scooters suitable for your respective needs is readily available in all their stores and online store.

Advantages

Foldable mobility scooters could be folded to fit into limited space in your home. It could also be transported compactly. It also comes in handy when traveling on vacation. When traveling by air or sea a foldable mobility scooter is considered as a wheelchair and allowed to be taken in free of charge.

Products

Scout Portable Mobility Scooter, Genie Plus Travel Mobility Scooter Automatic Folding and S19 Quest Folding Mobility Travel Scooter are some of the products available at ILS stores.

Scout Portable Mobility Scooter

This scooter is a new product priced at $1,245.99 with many advanced features which include the first drive mini mobility scooter, delta bars as next-generation drive medical splitting mechanism. It is suitable for both outdoor and indoor use. With a maximum weight capacity of 130kg, the most important factors of the scooter being style, performance, reliability, and comfort.

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Genie Plus Travel Mobility Scooter Automatic Folding

This is a fully automated electronic device priced at $4475.99. It is also a rare mobility scooter manufactured to give the finest customer experience. It could be folded and unfolded easily whenever required and the special remote control operation assists users to navigate the device easily to their convenience. Maximum weight capacity is 136kg and could be stored to fit into a vehicle for transportation. It is airline friendly and could be taken along on overseas holidays without affecting your luggage allowance.

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S19 Quest Folding Mobility Travel Scooter

Priced at $2424.99, S19 Quest Folding Mobility Travel Scooter is an extreme light-weight folding mobility scooter. With a maximum weight capacity of 115kg, it is provided with a larger range of drive and folds up easily in a simple movement, transportable easily in your home or shopping malls. It is one of the most advanced ultra-light foldable mobility scooters available in the market.

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Health and Social Benefits

Having a foldable mobility scooter is beneficial both medically and socially. Being able to participate in social gatherings and getting around without any issues keeps the patient or user happy and content and this, in turn, has a good impact on recuperating from the illness to favorable point. In addition to being comfortable and helping you to get around fast, these scooters are also able to give your independence back. It is also a good choice for those who need to remain mobile without the anxiety of finding space to store a big scooter in your home

Foldable mobility scooters are on offer for hire/rent or buy options at Independent Living Specialist stores Australia wide with free shipping to the door for online customers. They also offer a reliable service and free roadside assistance for the first 12 months.