Friday 29 November 2019


I am pleased to host this guest post about mobility scooters - what kind of questions to ask a salesperson and how to locate funding assistance, no matter where you live. Purchasing a mobility device is a big decision but it can mean MORE independence, not less. Donna

How expensive are mobility scooters?
From electric wheelchairs to power chairs; there are so many different mobility products for you to choose from today. One aid that has become very popular is that of the mobility scooter.
Scooters are available in abundance. There are plenty of options to choose from, all of which offer people a great deal of independence. With prices, quality, and sizes differing, read on to discover more about the options that are available.

Who is a mobility scooter suitable for?

A lot of people prefer mobility scooters over powered wheelchairs, and they can be particularly beneficial for those that do not require assistance all of the time but would benefit from a helping hand when doing their shopping or running any other errands that are more demanding than the standard day-to-day living.

How much will it cost you to acquire a mobility scooter?

Nevertheless, buying a handicap scooter is not to be rushed into, as there are many options to choose from, with prices reflecting basic to high end models with lots of bells and whistles. Because of this, you should have no trouble finding a mobility scooter that fits in with your budget. However, it is all about balancing your budget with quality. After all, the last thing you want to do is simply go for the cheapest scooter on the market. If you do this, it may not be right for you, and this can actually be very dangerous, as well as being frustrating. Therefore, make sure you create a shortlist of scooters that are right for your needs, and then you can distinguish based on price.
It is important to recognize that Motability scooters are categorized into different classes. Class 2 scooters can go on pavements; the smaller they are, the easier they are to store, use indoors, and transport. In fact, some can be dismantled so they can go into the boot of your vehicle. You then have Class 3 scooters, which are bigger and can go on the road. They are designed for longer distances and they are more robust. All of these sorts of factors are going to have an impact on how much you will be expected to pay for a mobility aid like this. Consider the weather where you live, too. Ask the vendor about the best model if you live where winter roads are likely to be icy and snowy.

There is financial help available if you want to buy a mobility scooter

In Canada, a great roundup of sources for financial assistance is HERE. In the USA look HERE. In the UK, it is also worth noting that you may be able to pay for your scooter under the Motability scheme, and you will get added services, including repairs and insurance. Under this scheme, you will get mobility benefits, which you can use to lease a scooter. In the UK, you will be eligible for this if you receive one of the following benefits: the War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplements, the Enhanced Rate Mobility Component of PIP, the Armed Forces Independence Payment, and the Higher Rate Mobility Component of the Disability Living Allowance. 
So there you have it: an insight into how much you will be expected to pay for a mobility scooter, as well as the different forms of financial assistance that are available.

No comments: