Electric Scooter Accessories
With the help of your doctor’s assessment, you have chosen the mobility scooters that meets your needs. As you have found, there are many models and options available. There are even more choices when you begin to look at accessories for your scooter.
Seat choices are usually a chair type or a captain’s chair design with armrests and sometimes a headrest. The pad or cushion choice is usually vinyl or fabric. Some seats are actually powered to elevate you in order to reach things overhead.
There are holders that can attach to your scooter for cups, bags, etc. For shopping and carrying items, there are baskets that can be put on the front or rear of the scooter. If you are using a cane or need to carry an oxygen tank, there are carriers for those, too.
Safety and Convenience
Additions that increase your visibility to others while on your scooter can be included, such as headlights, tail lights, and flags. Horns are another helpful addition. You can also put a canopy on your scooter to make it weather-ready. There are even some manufacturers that make an optional side car for a passenger.
You should keep in mind that adding any optional item to your scooter will increase the price, but they can always be purchased after your scooter delivery.
Start Shopping for Your Mobility Scooter
Have you considered buying a mobility device like an electric scooter or power wheelchair? With so many options in each category, there is a lot of information available. But too much information might also make your choice more difficult. You need a good starting point. Below are a few basics to keep in mind:
- Start with an evaluation from your doctor: This is especially important if you want to get Medicare reimbursement for your mobility device. But it also help you decide whether a mobility scooter or a power wheelchair is best for you.
- Safety and support: In order to be able to use a mobility scooter, you need to have enough upper-body strength to both hold yourself upright and use the controls. Your doctor will determine this in your evaluation. Remember that you need to feel safe while using these devices.
- Determine your use: The model of electric mobility scooter you choose will depend on where you will be using it the most. If you will mainly use your scooter indoors, a 3-wheeled model is probably best. These offer the best maneuverability in smaller, tighter spaces. A 4-wheel scooter is best if you use it outdoors more often. The 4-wheel model is much more stable to navigate rough outdoor areas like hills and sidewalk curbs.
- Think about options: After you decide the basic model that is best for your needs, you can begin to think about what options you might want. There are “standard” optional choices from manufacturers and even customized options.
How to Maintain Your Mobility Scooter
If we take care of our possessions, they’ll last longer. If you have a mobility scooter, you want it to run efficiently and safely, and last a long time. Here are basic maintenance tasks to achieve this:
- Battery and charger: It’s a good idea to recharge your electric mobility scooter’s battery each night and after each use. Therefore, you won’t be surprised by a dead battery when you’re ready to go. A partially charged battery will start your scooter, but you may not get the best performance.
- Tires: Try to keep your tires free of debris. Look them over regularly to make sure there aren’t any punctures or worn areas. Carefully remove anything that’s wedged into the treads. The tires should be inflated to the level that the manufacturer recommends. An under-inflated tire will affect your scooters performance and an over-inflated tire is at risk for a blow-out.
- Keep it clean and dry: Your scooter should be stored out of extreme temperatures and away from moisture. If you have to store your scooter outside, consider the use of a weather-resistent scooter cover to keep it dry. Wash off dirt whenever necessary—it can eventually damage the scooter’s paint.
By keeping up with routine maintenance, you will make sure that your warranty will be honored if you need to have any major repairs done.
Better Mobility with Scooter Lifts
If you are using a mobility scooter, you know how much it can improve your life. You can move around your home with ease, socialize, and maintain your independence. One way to make your scooter even better is to have a scooter lift. These handy devices will broaden your horizons beyond your usual routine—you can simply load your scooter onto your vehicle and go.
Mobility scooter lifts generally come in two types—platform and rotary.
Platform scooter lifts come in semi-automatic and fully automatic models. The fully automatic allows you to push a button to raise, lower, fold, and unfold the lift, and the semi-automatic type has to be folded and unfolded manually. You drive your scooter onto the platform lift, exit the scooter and use the remote to get your scooter into your vehicle.
Rotary scooter lifts, which are also called swing lifts, are usually used with vans and can move up, down, and side to side. Rotary and semi-automatic platform scooter lifts are less expensive than fully automatic models. But they can be less convenient to use, since they require you to own a van.
The type you choose will depend on your budget, and whether you need to stay in your scooter or can leave your scooter and get in the vehicle.
Choosing Between a Power Chair and Mobility Scooter
Your doctor may have suggested you get a mobility device like a power wheelchair or mobility scooter because you are having difficulty getting around or have problems with balance. While both have similar features, there are several differences that determine which is best for you.
- Scooters are generally less expensive than power wheelchairs—although cost shouldn’t be your only factor to think about, it is important.
- Scooters are usually for people who will not be spending most of their time on the device. Power chair users generally are in their chairs more and our designed for comfortable all-day use.
- Because scooters have a “front end,” you can’t get as close to things while on them—like pulling up to a sink.
- The seat on a scooter cannot recline like power chair.
- Power chairs can cost up to $15,000 depending on the custom options you need. They are also much heavier than scooters.
- The seats on power chairs offer much more support for your back and head.
- The controls are located at the end of your armrest which allows you an easier reach than using the handle bars on a scooter.
- Power chairs require more room in your home, and are not as compact as a scooter.