Power scooters can be very beneficial for people with mobility issues who need just a little extra help to get around. But, how do you know if a scooter is the right choice for you?
Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Scooter
Mobility scooters are controlled through a steering column, known as the tiller. Similar to the handlebars on a bicycle, the tiller requires the rider's arms to remain outstretched, with the upper body fully erect, for the duration of the ride. This is different from the way a majority of standard power wheelchairs are driven, wherein the steering mechanism is a joystick controller that's located conveniently on the chair's side armrest.
When deciding if a power mobility scooter is the most appropriate choice, potential users are well advised to consult with a physician for complete a mobility evaluation. They should also address the following important questions.
Will the mobility vehicle be used primarily for activities outside of the home?
Can the intended user successfully get around inside the home with minimal difficulty?
Does the intended user have the capacity to follow instructions for maneuvering the power operated vehicle?
Does the intended user have the dexterity, strength and physical ability to sit upright, steer the tiller and manage the controls of the mobility scooter for extended periods of time?
Could severe mobility constraints, minimum strength and/or a qualifying range of other disabilities interfere with safe operation of a power scooter?
Does a power scooter seem to be the right choice for you?
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This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice. All information is general in nature and may not necessarily apply to everyone and every situation.