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A Mobility Scooter are becoming more and more popular, being a convenient and comfortable mobility aid that is similar to that of a wheelchair but less cumbersome due to its electric/powered configuration. Essentially a power-operated scooter facilitates mobility for those who find it difficult to walk distances due to various reasons. Mobility scooters are ideal for those lacking the stamina or the arm/shoulder flexibility to operate a manual wheelchair. They are also ideal for those who suffer from lung or coronary ailments, arthritis tendencies, obesity and other whole-body or systematic conditions where they are able to carry out functionalities such as standing and walking a few paces, sitting upright without supporting the torso and being able to control the steering.

Though there are many different types of mobility scooters for purchase, the build of this mobility aid includes a seat over the two rear wheels, a flat surface for the feet , handlebars/swivel seat to turn steerable wheels (either one or two wheels in front). They are battery powered, with the battery often found under the seat. However, when it comes to deciding on which type of mobility scooter to purchase it’s best to start by answering a few questions. These include the following;

  1. Where will the Mobility Scooter be used? Will it be used indoors, outdoors, or even both?
  2. How often will the Mobility Scooter be used for? Will the mobility be used to replace the use of a vehicle, or will the mobility aid be transported in a vehicle to be used for short distances?
  3. How often will the Mobility Scooter be transported? Will you need Mobility Scooter Accessories such as ramps, locks, etcetera?
  4. Where will the Mobility Scooter be kept/stored for charging its batteries?
  5. Is there a weight capacity and size requirement?

Based on the above-mentioned questions, your answers will allow you to fine-tune your mobility aid requirements that may include mobility scooter accessories too.

Independent Living Specialists offer a variety of mobility scooter models for purchase and hire that falls into the likes of the following categories.

Travel Mobility Scooters

These scooters are ideal for transportation, as they can be easily folded to be put into a vehicle of your choice. Most of these models can be dismantled into 3 or 4 pieces that can be fitted into the boot of most cars. Due to their compact nature, they are unable to withstand weight capacity of over 115kg (Prides19)/147kg (Pride GoGo Eite), and or facilitate users with a height over 5’10”. Popular choices of travel mobility scooters available for purchase at Independent Living Specialists include the Pride GoGo Elite Traveller Plus and Pride S19 Folding Mobility Travel Scooter.

Pride GoGo Elite Traveller Plus Pride S19 Folding Mobility Travel Scooter
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3-Wheel Mobility Scooters

These mobility scooters are ideal for indoor and outdoor environments, making it a full-function model that is also able to accommodate a great weight capacity and height (due to more knee/leg space availability). A popular choice of a 3-Wheel Mobility Scooter available for purchase at ILS is the Pride GoGo Ultra X 3 Wheel Mobility Scooter.

Pride GoGo Ultra X 3 Wheel Mobility Scooter
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4-Wheel Mobility Scooters

With its four wheels, this type of mobility scooter, assures you of a stable and robust experience and is ideal for the outdoors and rugged terrain. Much like its 2-wheel counterparts, it’s also fully functional with sizing model to facilitate height and weight capacities, however it is not recommended for indoor use. A popular choice of a 4-Wheel Mobility Scooter available for purchase at ILS is the Pride Pathrider 130XL Mobility Scooter.

Pride Pathrider 130XL Mobility Scooter
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