Mobility aids are devices or equipment’s that are created to assist individuals that have problems in walking. Seniors or the elderly people use mobility scooters which are examples of mobility aid. Mobility scooters can also be used by disabled people. The equivalent of a wheel chair is the mobility scooter which is structured as the motor scooter. An electric scooter or power operated scooter are the other names that are used to refer to a mobility scooter.
Being electrically driven, a mobility scooter uses battery in order to be powered. The battery is stored on the board of the scooter and its charged through an onboard battery charger unit from standard electric power. The design of the mobility scooter includes; handle bars, foot plates for feet, a seat and three or more wheels.
Based on the function and the size classification of mobility scooters is done. Based on size the scooter types include; mid-range scooters, slow and steady scooters, large, heavy scooters and small, light scooters. As for function; small, light scooters are used for the purpose of traveling, mid-range scooters are used for both indoor and outdoor use, slow and steady scooters are used for shopping in markets while large, heavy scooters are used for rough outdoor terrain. Individuals that don’t have stamina or arm- shoulder flexibility are assisted by use of a mobility scooter. Compared to wheelchairs, mobility scooters are easier to swivel the seat.
Mobility scooters are quite helpful to individuals that have systemic or whole body disabling conditions. Powered wheelchairs are quite expensive in comparison to mobility scooters and are not considered as being relative to disability. Through use of mobility scooters there are disadvantages that are experienced. A limitation experienced by use of mobility scooters requires an individual to have an upper body movement and strength, shoulder and hand strength and an upright posture.
Also another limitation is that scooters have fewer options for body support like the leg or head. The longer lengths of mobility scooters limits their turning radius which in turn affects their use in some lifts. Door knobs can’t be reached using mobility scooters. Moving around various obstacles is hard when using mobility scooters as they have low ground clearance.
In order to choose a mobility scooter there are certain tips that need to be checked. When choosing a mobility scooter the fit purpose is required in that individuals measure the seat height and the flat area allows for the knee to bend at ninety degrees.
In addition to checking the fit purpose, individuals need to ensure that the scooter weight can support their weight, and that they can reach the tiller without curving their back. So as to move, individuals need to apply pressure on the tiller while at the same time know its operation. Best scooters are obtained also by consulting with an expert.
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