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Mobility Scooters

Mobility scooters are medical equipment that can be an option instead of a wheelchair. It is prescribed to people who have mobility problems such as elderly people or those that were afflicted by medical conditions that limits their walking ability. Mobility scooters may also be utilized as a utility tool for moving faster into another area or for recreational purposes.

The majority of mobility scooters run on electricity and requires batteries, though there are still a few gasoline powered models. Some of them have three wheels while others have four. Three wheel scooters are lightweight and are faster but they are not as stable as the four wheel scooters and therefore are not really advisable for medical purposes. There are also models that are ideal for outdoor use only while others may be used for both indoors and outdoors. Moreover, some models can be detached so that you can put them in a trunk of a car.

The features of mobility scooters may differ based on the model and manufacturer.

A few have rotating chairs for easier transferring of the patient. A few have horns and lights to ensure the road safety of the driver. Several have baskets for storage and carrying. Some mobility scooters can even run in reverse for better maneuvering, which is very important when the rider is stuck in a particular circumstance.

Mobility scooters provide a lot of advantages over normal and even mechanized wheelchairs. First, it is not tiring to operate like a normal wheelchair. This is especially important for elderly people and those that have medical conditions that can easily fatigue a person. Additionally, there is a stigma of disability that society correlates with wheelchairs and therefore some patients do not want to be seen in one. Also, mobility scooters often have more features and are generally cheaper than motorized wheelchairs.

However there are still some limitations when using mobility scooters as medical equipment. The core issue is the big size of mobility scooters which do not fit on bus lifts and elevators. Their length also makes them more challenging to turn in tight corners. Nevertheless, despite these limitations, mobility scooters are still a great and convenient transportation utility to move around in wide and open spaces.

 

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