Most people have some basic familiarity with mobility scooters, thanks in large part to television ads for the vehicles. But if you or a loved one has ever personally needed a scooter, you probably are unaware of how much these devices benefit the mobility-challenged. Handicap scooters enable people who have limited-to-no capacity to get around on their own to regain self-confidence and personal autonomy, and ultimately reintegrate into society.
Mobility scooters are single-rider, battery-powered vehicles designed to carry individuals from one point to another. Three wheeled mobility scooters are narrower, and have special turning features which allow them to be maneuvered through tighter spaces. The 4 wheeled mobility scooters as shown in the picture are harder to maneuver around a home but are perfect for outside travel. Every standard mobility scooter is designed to comply with regulations set forth by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA.) Therefore, scooters will be able to navigate through all ADA-compliant passageways of at least 32 inches in width. The vehicles will also be able to ascend a 1:12 incline, as required by the ADA. Mobility scooters can climb and drive over that incline easily.
Electric Mobility Scooters In The Home
Mobility scooters like power mobility wheelchairs can improve housebound individuals’ lives tremendously. Not only will these devices give them access to the outside world, but they can also facilitate movement within the home. For the mobility-impaired, simple tasks that many of us take for granted, such as going from room to room, can be insurmountably challenging without assistance. Mobility scooters give back a large measure of personal autonomy to disabled individuals. These vehicles often allow them to cook and clean for themselves, and give them access to the outdoors which they would not otherwise have.
Costs of Buying Mobility Scooters
Mobility scooters can range in price from $450 to $2,000. While this cost may seem prohibitively expensive, the good news is that Medicare and many private insurance companies offer partial or full reimbursement for the purchase price. Buying from a highly-reviewed and known company will help to ensure that you only ever have to invest in one scooter. It is also important to have your mobility scooter serviced on an annual or semi-annual basis to guarantee maximum performance. Keeping your scooter clean and dry during the rest of the year will also help to extend the life of your vehicle.