Wheelchair users often ask whether they should upgrade their standard wheelchair to a power wheelchair or mobility scooter. A mobility scooter is similar to an electric wheelchair only it looks a little more like a motor scooter. It is a cost-effective alternative to a power wheelchair for some users.
With the aid of a mobility scooter, you can maintain your independence and mobility inside or outside. Whether you are traveling or at home, a mobility scooter allows you to explore your world or visit family and friends. Many users appreciate the freedom their scooter provides as they don’t need to rely on others to perform errands and shopping.
Mobility scooters are ideal if you have limited mobility but still want to be able to easily visit friends and family nearby. If you would otherwise have to rely on others to do your shopping or get around town, they can bring increased freedom and independence.
A mobility scooter may be right for you if one of the following applies:
- You need help getting around and have limited mobility.
- You experience pain, exertion, or fatigue after walking even short distances.
- You are able bodied enough not to need a wheelchair, but you have a hard time getting around during errands like shopping or getting to your appointments.
- You need a cost-effective alternative to an electric wheelchair since a mobility scooter is typically more affordable than a power wheelchair.
Mobility Scooter Features to Look for
Before you invest in a mobility scooter, take a minute to consider the range of options available. The right scooter depends on your needs, budget and your lifestyle.
First, there are three basic categories of a scooter to choose from:
- 3-wheel mobility scooter – this type of scooter may turn corners tightly and also tends to allow plenty of legroom.
- 4-wheel mobility scooter – a sturdy, durable option that works well for heavier users since they often can carry up to 500 pounds of weight.
- Compact mobility scooter – these scooters are perfect for tight spaces like a home or apartment. They are easier to store in a corner than the larger types of scooters.
A mobility scooter has rechargeable batteries. A pair of 12-volt or six-volt batteries provide power. Some manufacturers offer add-on units that extend battery life. Look into the battery life and the ease of charging as these things can make a difference in your day-to-day life.
Your comfort is subjective, but a very important, consideration. Try sitting in the scooter and if possible give it a test ride. Some scooters may fit your body better than others. If all else is equal, be sure to choose the most comfortable option. If you plan to spend a lot of time on your scooter, comfort may be more important than if you only need it for very short rides.
Finally, consider your storage space. Some scooters fold for easier storage or transport in a car’s trunk or back seat. Size and ease of storage are important considerations for anyone with limited space in their home or vehicle.
Mobility Scooter Products Available At No Excuse Medical
No Excuse Medical offers a range of mobility scooters in Charlotte, NC to suit any user’s needs or preferences. Here is a quick overview of some of the popular options available. Keep in mind that manufacturers innovate and release new products. Speak with an experienced sales representative to learn about the latest available models.
Victory 10 Series
This sporty series is a great option if you need a high-performance operation. Some features include low profile tires, a wraparound delta tiller, and a backlit battery gauge so you can easily see how much power your batteries have left. Choose between three- or four-wheel models. These scooters carry users weighing up to 400 pounds.
Victory Sport Series
The stylish 4-wheel Victory Sport series combines design with function. Features include a wraparound delta tiller, full suspension, and LED lighting for visibility and safety. It holds users weighing up to 350 lbs.
The Maxima mobility scooter was designed to serve the bariatric market and can carry up to 500 pounds. This scooter offers durability and high performance. The comfortable seating enhances the ergonomic design.
Go-Go Elite Series
The Go-Go Elite Traveler is a compact scooter that is easy to transport and store. It maneuvers in tight spaces such as narrow hallways or walkways. It works well either inside or outside which is why it is well suited to travel. This line also offers portable scooters that will fit into the trunk of your car. It carries users weighing up to 300 pounds.
If you are looking for a powerful drivetrain for outdoor use, the Pursuit series may be your scooter. Features include low profile tires, full lighting including directional signals for your safety, a wraparound delta tiller, and a sporty look.
With so many quality products available, you should be able to find the right scooter whether you need it to get around your home, to shop, or to visit your local parks. Today’s scooters perform better than yesterday’s scooters. The technology continues to evolve.
The Future of Mobility Scooters
Mobility scooters advance and improve each year. Scooters that allow users to comfortably stand are one option more and more users will have in the future. Such scooters enable users to be at eye level with standing adults for more natural interactions.
With improved technology and durable materials, scooters will more easily traverse challenging terrain. Scooters grow more compact each year, one-day scooters may even be compact enough to comfortably move through airplane aisles or crowded public events.
Although the scooters of the future look promising, don’t wait. A mobility scooter enhances the quality of life, freedom, and mobility. Why wait for tomorrow, when every day counts?
No Excuse Medical provides mobility scooters in Charlotte, NC. Contact us to learn about the best power wheelchairs or mobility scooters in Charlotte!