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Portable Mobility Scooters / Portable Scooter for Elderly

Portable mobility scooters are easy to travel with. They are simple to bring from one place to the next. Therefore, having a portable scooter is quite advantageous for elderly users who are often on the go, since it can help them achieve the positive mobility experience that they deserve to have. Read more...

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Why Do People Need Portable Scooters?

Individuals with handicaps and those who are in their later years of life have unique mobility needs. A travel mobility scooter affords these people the opportunity to travel distances they can no longer walk. Such improved mobility allows users to remain socially engaged, and maintain a level of comfort. Most older people, those with partial spinal, knee, or leg handicaps, and individuals on the heavier side can benefit from using scooters. Using a mobility scooter can prevent them from becoming tired out do to too much walking, which can be strenuous for these people. Portable handicap scooters are actually a great alternative to a simple cane, and can ideally fulfill the user’s transport needs.

Are Portable Mobility Scooters Safe?

The short answer to this is yes. Depending on the person’s level of mobility, he can choose the portable electric scooter that is safe for his needs. Although they don’t always have safety belts, portable medical scooters are built with numerous features and balance maintaining qualities that allow users to travel safely at both short and long distances. At the same time, they are built for users who need to travel at least as fast as walking pace, though some 3-wheel or 4-wheel travel scooters can travel at higher speeds than that.

How Fast is Too Fast?

This will depend on various factors. The average speed of most portable scooters for seniors or disabled people is around 4-6 miles per hour, and these models are designed for use specifically over smooth surfaces. Some scooters with larger tires can go faster, and even have all-terrain capability. Other scooters can travel at a rate of up to 15 to 18 miles per hour. Faster portable mobile scooters aren’t recommended for users who have severe disabilities or those who can’t physically handle traveling at the aforementioned speeds.

What Makes a Portable Mobility Scooter Portable?

Portable mobility scooters have a lot of mobility-increasing functions that standard and some heavy duty motor scooters don’t have. This is because when choosing a travel scooter for elderly people, buyers need the option to take them anywhere, and sometimes, the user may need to assemble or disassemble the scooter quickly for routine maintenance. Whatever the reasons, here are some ways that portable scooters get their name:

Foldability

Folding travel mobility scooters offer the elderly and handicapped community options in terms of being easily stowable for travel. Oftentimes the tiller (which is the steering column on the front end) can fold down, and, as they are often lightweight, these scooters can be lifted up and carried, heaved into the trunk of a car, or packed away with the luggage on an airplane. Portable folding mobility scooters are sometimes partially foldable, and, at other times, have the ability to fold up completely.

Quick Disassembly 

 Some scooters have parts, such as the seats or storage baskets, that can be disassembled. Portable electric mobility scooters can also feature components that snap together quickly and can be ready to drive with wireless capabilities. New technology allows the internal components to be connected in mobility scooters that disassemble. Most Drive Medical portable scooters that aren’t foldable can be disassembled.

Lightweight

Most portable electric scooters designed for elderly people, especially the foldable ones, are lighter in weight than standard mobility scooters. These lightweight options are often far less than 100 pounds. Many times, though, even the portable travel mobility scooters that disassemble easily have individual parts that are less heavy than the ones on standard scooters, so that it is as easy as possible for the user to safely lift the scooter parts.

Weight Capacity

Many portable or foldable mobility scooters can hold up to 300 pounds, and some models in AvaCare Medical’s inventory can easily support up to 350 lbs. This allows even slightly heavier users to safely ride on the scooter and know that they are secure. A lot of times, the weight capacity also affects how well the scooter drives according to most users.

One thing that a user needs to consider when it comes to the weight capacity is determining how a user’s 3-wheel (or 4-wheel) portable electric scooter is going to be used. Weight capacity can play a big role when it comes to functionality, balance, and endurance of the battery. We don’t recommend that users go over the weight limit on portable travel mobility scooters, because this can void the warranty the same way as one misuses any other kind of walking aids.

Don’t Ignore Comfort

Comfort should rank very close to safety. The scooter user, who is often elderly, handicapped, or both, deserves to be comfortable. This means that when eyeing the choices of travel mobility scooters available for sale, they should look for options like height adjustable seats, armrests, and tillers in order to ensure that they aren’t uncomfortably confined in their seats. If a user wants to sit idle once in a while, he may want to select padded armrests. Seniors’ bodies are often more fragile than their younger counterparts, as is expected. They’ve earned the right to have the most in comfort and style!

 

AvaCare Medical has portable mobility scooters from some of the best available brands. We fully understand that due to the multitude of options, one may be confused as to which scooter best suits his needs. That’s why our customer support staff is available to help answer your questions and assist you with your order when you call us at 1-877-813-7799. You can also chat with us onsite during business hours!