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Automatic Mobility Scooters for Seniors

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. A motor scooter is a modification of the mobility scooter which is the equal of a wheel chair. Other names of the mobility scooter include power operated scooter or electric scooter.

So as to be powered, a mobility scooter uses battery. The location of the battery is on the scooter board which is charged from a standard electric power on an onboard battery charger unit. A seat, handle bars, foot plates for feet and three or more wheels are the contents of a mobility scooter.

Determination of mobility scooters is based on the size and function. Small, light scooters, mid-range scooters, slow and steady scooters and large, heavy scooters are the types of scooters based on size. 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 based on functionality. 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.

Individuals with systemic or whole body disabling conditions but can still able to walk, sit upright and control the steering tiller are assisted using mobility scooters. Mobility scooters are generally cheaper in comparison to powered wheelchairs. Some limitations are experienced by using mobility scooters. 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. Not only do mobility scooters make it hard in accessing some lifts but also reaching of door knobs. Moving around various obstacles is hard when using mobility scooters as they have low ground clearance.

When choosing a mobility there are certain aspects that need to be looked at. One of the aspects is the fit purpose in which an individual needs to 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. Individuals are required to know the working of the tiller as it continuously requires pressure in order for movement to occur. Best scooters are obtained also by consulting with an expert.

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