Owning a mobility scooter can introduce an individual to a new lease of life and the benefits of owning one are endless, whichever product you decide to purchase. As well as the physical aspects of owning a mobility scooter, there are also the mental benefits too, with the peace of mind that you are in safe hands with a quality mobility scooter provider.
Whether you are suffering with reduced mobility or a disability that affects your movement, considering a companion such as a mobility scooter is like a breath of fresh air as you will be able to explore the outside and form relationships with people, when you never thought this to be possible. Everyone knows how debilitating it can be when you are ill and unable to move, stuck at home with just the TV and newspapers to keep you company, but don’t let that get in the way of having a fulfilling and exciting life! Below are some of the many benefits of owning a mobility scooter.
Benefits of owning a mobility scooter
Simple to operate
Mobility scooters are unbelievably simple to operate and manoeuvre, wherever you wish to use them. Key operated scooters allow you to lock your mobility scooter when you leave it, just like a car, so you don’t need to worry about purchasing extra safety equipment.
As Disabled World state: “If you are suffering from limited mobility, an electric mobility scooter is a ticket to freedom. An electric scooter will help you to live a more independent life, without having to rely on other people to navigate your own home or to enjoy the outdoors.”
Mobility scooters have batteries that are chargeable between each use, but it is important that you read the manufacturer’s guidelines to find out the appropriate time to charge them. Over-charging the battery can cause it to decrease its power over time – and you certainly don’t want to be stuck out in the cold!
Allowed on public transport
One of the great benefits of owning a mobility scooter is that you can take them on nearly all types of public transport. Although transport such as trains, buses and aeroplanes have certain criteria that a mobility scooter needs to meet such as dimensions and weight, it isn’t impossible to get out, both near and far, on your scooter.
Have you ever wished to visit Disneyland Florida with the grandchildren? There’s no reason why you can’t! Airlines and attractions abroad give everyone the opportunity to experience a trip of a lifetime. Although the research may be time-consuming, it’s interesting to see what is and what isn’t available for reduced mobility individuals, to avoid disappointment when you are abroad.
If you don’t want the stress of taking your mobility scooter abroad with you, there are plenty of options available when you reach your destination. Your tour operator will be able to recommend quality suppliers whom you can rent from. As Disabled Travel Advice suggests: “Wheelchair hire used to be the preserve of speciality companies catering to disabled holidaymakers, but you can now organise it through many ordinary travel agents. Just shop around and make it an early question when checking out what they have to offer.
“If you can’t arrange it as part of a holiday package, you should be able to arrange it independently once you’ve sorted out the details of your journey.”
The Motability scheme
The Motability Scheme is a fantastic way to utilise your Higher Rate Motability Allowance, War Pensioner’s Allowance or your Personal Independence Payment, as you won’t be put off by the need for a large lump sum purchase when it comes to your retirement. The Motability Scheme also comes with a range of benefits such as three years’ comprehensive insurance, as well as full parts and labour warranty. You won’t need to pay any extra for professional service people to come out and look at your mobility scooter if there is a fault, it is all included within the price, and you will be able to take advantage of free puncture repair if you ever come to need it.
Although not all of the mobility scooters are covered by the Motability Scheme, there are still a fantastic range of models on display that are part of the scheme, so no one is left out from experiencing the freedom and self-confidence that a scooter can ensue and you can get a new scooter or powered wheelchair to use every 3 years!
Mobility scooters have been developed over the years to fit in with the ever-changing ways in which people socialise. The variety of sizes and dimensions in which mobility scooters are designed and created enables users to comfortably fit in with the people around them, without using up too much space. Fold-up mobility scooters, for example, are effective products, which are small in size but offer the same sense of freedom that you would experience with an 8mph scooter.
As public spaces and shopping centres are continually looking for ways to improve accessibility in and around their spaces, it’s becoming easier for mobility scooter users to access the shops and locations like any other individual.
Free home demonstration
There is nothing better than investing your time and money into something that has come from a manufacturer and supplier who truly wants you to enjoy the product. Free home demonstrations are a fantastic way to get to know the people behind your future mobility scooter, as well as getting hands-on information and a feel for the product itself.