Many senior citizens deal with decreased mobility as they grow older. Arthritis, breathing difficulties, and excess weight can all make getting around challenging. A mobility scooter could be the answer, but which features are right for you? Here are four factors to consider:
1. How Much Can You Afford?
Mobility scooters are not unlike other motorized vehicles — you can purchase an economy model, a luxury version, and everything in between. Budget-priced scooters are good for occasional, short-range use on smooth terrain, whereas higher-priced models generally offer a longer range between charges and can accommodate rougher terrain.
2. Where Will You Use the Scooter?
If you want a scooter to help you get around the house, a compact version that will allow you to clear doorways and move from room to room is necessary. These mobility scooters are specially designed for indoor use and often have three wheels rather than four, allowing for tighter turning ability.
Conversely, if you want the freedom to use your mobility scooter outdoors, you will need a model that is specifically built for this. These mobility scooters typically have four larger wheels that are more suited to outdoor terrain.
Some outdoor mobility scooters are appropriate for sidewalk use only while other models are equipped with safety features that make them legally roadworthy. For example, the mobility scooter will have turn signals, headlights, and brake lights.
Consider the terrain around your home as well as anywhere else you may take your mobility scooter, such as to your vacation home. For example, if you will be using it on hilly terrain, you need a scooter that can safely maneuver steep inclines. If you are in doubt of your future mobility needs, buy the best mobility scooter you can currently afford as it will likely offer you the most freedom.
3. Do You Travel a Lot?
Whether by car, plane, train, or ship, if you travel frequently then you will need a mobility scooter that is lightweight, compact, and easy to disassemble. Some mobility scooters allow users to simply push a button to collapse it.
4. What Is the Maximum User Weight?
For some people, the maximum user weight isn't a consideration; however, it's important you check the maximum user weight before making your final purchase. Be sure to sit in the scooter to ensure it is a comfortable fit. Some models of mobility scooters are more appropriate for those who are heavier.