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For those suffering from mobility issues, the prospect of losing their independence can be frightening. The idea that you cannot move on as freely as you would like and do what you want can become very depressing. However, with a folding mobility scooter, those worries are in the past.
A folding mobility scooter is perfect for allowing individuals to travel as they please without relying on others to give them a hand being mobile. They serve as the ideal substitute for larger mobility scooters in situations where a full-size scooter is not practical. These scooters are ideal for seniors or anyone looking to travel without having to lug around the traditional scooter.
Below, we are going to discuss the types of folding mobility scooters on the market and what they have to offer.
The first type of folding mobility scooter is, as the name suggests, a scooter that can easily fold into a smaller form factor while remaining in one piece. This allows for the folding mobility scooter to be transported with ease. When this scooter is folded, it allows the scooter to be placed in the trunk of a car or stored in a closet.
Typically with folding scooters, the models either manually unfold or allow the user to unfold the scooter automatically with the press of a button. The downside to these scooters is they require someone to lift the scooter, so there is a need for either a caregiver or someone there to assist the scooter owner.
This type of folding mobility scooter gives the user the option to dismantle the scooter. Rather than carrying the entire scooter all at once, the user can move it piece by piece. By being able to dismantle their folding scooter, they can save space and easily transfer the scooter. However, assembling the scooter can be tricky, requiring someone with good dexterity.
When shopping for a folding mobility scooter, you may find yourself overwhelmed with all of the options. The scooters come in various sizes with different features suited for all different kinds of users. When you are in the market to buy a folding mobility scooter, consider the following.
Folding mobility scooters come in two different wheel variations, which are three-wheel scooters and four-wheel scooters. The wheel setup you end up choosing should depend on where you will be using this scooter.
The three-wheeled folding mobility scooter is perfect if the person using it plans on being indoors. These scooters are lightweight and easy to maneuver. They also have a tighter turning radius, which makes them great for small spaces. The scooter’s overall frame is also slimmer, making navigating things such as doorways and tight hallways a breeze.
A four-wheeled folding mobility scooter is better suited for outdoor use. The four wheels on this scooter will offer the user more stability and allow them to ride on surfaces such as sidewalks, bumpy roads, or any uneven terrain they may find themselves on. The only con with these scooters is they are large and heavy, so they require more of a turning radius. These aren’t going to work well as far as turning goes in the typical home. They are also much wider, so getting through doorways or tight hallways may be problematic.
One of the biggest oversights people often make when shopping for a foldable mobility scooter is the scooter’s weight limit. You must purchase a scooter that can handle the weight of whoever is going to be using it. Exceeding the weight limit can cause damage to the scooter, ruin your investment, or, worse, cause the scooter to tip over and hurt the person using it.
It’s also a good idea to factor in the weight of what else will be on the scooter. For example, if someone needs an oxygen tank, a heavy bag, or uses their basket to transport groceries, the combined weight may exceed the manufacturer’s specifications. Most scooters should accommodate the average person as the weight limit typically tops out at three hundred and fifty pounds. With that being said, it’s still wise to make sure your scooter will accommodate your weight and lifestyle.
One of the most important aspects to consider is the tiller when you are looking to buy a folding mobility scooter. The tiller is what is used to steer the mobility scooter, so you want to make sure the user can comfortably grip the handles and steer. Sometimes elderly individuals may have issues with their hands, such as arthritis, so it’s vital that they can hold on to the tiller without causing them any pain or risk them falling off the scooter. The tiller on most scooters will be adjustable, so finding the perfect height is relatively easy.
When looking at tillers on most folding mobility scooters, you generally have two options.
The delta tiller is a D-shaped handlebar. Rather than traditional handlebars, which stick straight out, the delta tiller’s ergonomic shape allows the rider to have their hands be closer together while controlling their scooter. The D-shape handlebar also gives users somewhat of a wrist rest, which is excellent for those who may have weakness in their hands.
The T-shaped tiller is what you will typically see on many folding mobility scooters. The handlebars stick straight out just like they would on a bicycle. The T-shape will be the standard setup for most scooters, but it’s important to remember this will require decent dexterity with your hands and wrists.
It’s important to remember that your folding mobility scooter’s travel range is going to be shorter than the larger non-foldable scooters on the market. The average range is about 15 miles per charge, which is fine if you plan on going to local shops for a few hours a day. However, if you want to travel a bit further, you may want to look into getting a foldable mobility scooter with a larger battery.
When you purchase your folding mobility scooter, you want to make sure the scooter is comfortable while sitting on it for extended periods and comfortable to operate. There are a few things to consider.
First, are the armrests of the scooter adjustable? Can they flip open? You want to have armrests on your folding mobility scooter that are adjustable. Not only will this help with the overall comfort of the scooter’s use, but it will also assist you in getting on and off your scooter.
Is the seat adjustable? Can it swivel side to side? Having an adjustable seat makes a world difference, not only to help with the height of the chair and legroom but also when stepping on and off the scooter.
Finally, is the seat comfortable? Is the seat padded enough to give you proper support? If you’re a larger individual, is the seat large enough to accommodate your size?
Finally, you want to make sure the controls are simple to use and easy to see. The acceleration and reverse controls must be easy for the user to operate. You want to also make sure that the controls are all easy to access. Remember, these devices are used by people with mobility issues who may have problems with their hands. You want to make sure they can use their folding mobility scooter with zero issues. Finally, you want the battery life indicator to be visible. The last thing we want is for someone to be stuck on their scooter!
Folding mobility scooters are an excellent option for anyone looking for an easily transportable scooter. They will help your loved ones maintain their independence as they travel, even if they suffer from mobility issues. If you are having trouble finding the correct mobility scooter for you or your loved one, feel free to consult back to this guide. If you have any issues at all, feel free to email us @ email@example.com