Scooters are fun and sporty-looking, therefore
highly marketable and a tempting mobility option. However,
they are not a safe ride for everyone. It's important to find
out whether you need a wheelchair or a scooter, before risking
your safety. Talk with your doctor first, then try out a few
models at a store. Scooters are usually at least partially
covered by insurance because they are mobility devices, not
recreation vehicles. You will need a prescription from your
Scooters are useful mobility devices for
persons who are at least semi-ambulatory, such as those with
varying degrees of multiple sclerosis, limited stamina, or
a temporary disability, such as a broken ankle. One must be
able to get on and off scooters independently and have enough
trunk strength to sit upright, without any special supports.
Scooters allow people to do a great many
things they couldn't do beforetravel to work or vacation
destinations, shop for groceries, visit museums, etc. Some
people even use scooters inside their homes and offices. Scooters
come in 3-wheel and 4-wheel versions, each with advantages
and disadvantages. Some come apart easily to fit into a car
trunk, while some do not disassemble.
A scooter must have rear-wheel drive
to handle grass, gravel, carpeting, and rugged dirt paths.
Most of the larger 3-wheel scooters are sufficient for rough
terrain, though 4-wheelers are even more rugged. However,
4-wheeled scooters are larger and more costly; they don't
fit onto small elevators or bus-lifts. They have weight capacities
of up to 400-450 pounds.
Amigo Mobility International
Amigo is the pioneer of scootersthe first company to
produce them, as well as motorized shopping carts in grocery
stores. Amigos are sturdy, break down for travel, and come
in a variety of models. Acceleration is achieved by pulling
a throttle-lever towards you; rather than pushing a throttle
lever with the thumb. Its a matter of preference and
in some cases, manual dexterity.
Invacare, an established manufacturer of custom wheelchairs,
recently released the Invacare Zoom, very easy to maneuver
because of its tight turning radius. There are three sizes:
the light-weight Zoom 220 indoor model, and all-terrain 300
and 400 series for indoors and outdoors.
Pride manufactures many types of mobility devices, including
scooters, standard wheelchairs, and lift-chairs. The most
popular indoor scooter is the Pride Sundancer, and the most
popular outdoor models are the Pride Celebrity and Pride Rally.
Fact Sheet on Scooters from Abledata
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