Who are these designed for, and what is the difference between a portable mobility scooter and an electric wheelchair?
The concept around Portable Mobility Scooters has been designed to meet the needs of persons whose movement has been somewhat, but not entirely hindered. They are different from electric wheelchairs in a great many number of respects.
Fistly, a portable mobility scooter consists of a comfortable chair and two handles which are mounted on a platform. The wheels upon which the platform sits are very small, and their tuning radius is highly refined, which in turn allow the driver to make rather sharp (and safe) turns which may sometimes be necessary while maneuvering indoors.
The scooter is turned on by a key, and the handlebars are quite similarly designed to the ones of a bike. The throttles are available on the handlebars. This design element renders the legs idle. The scooter's batteries are almost always rechargeable; they can typically last for up to several miles before recharging is needed.
Who should NOT get a portable mobility scooter?
Portable Mobility Scooters are not suitable for people with limited upper body mobility as well as those who would have trouble sitting up in the first place. In these cases, getting an electric wheelchair is most definitely a better solution.
This is due to the fact that the designers of the scooters naturally assume that a person should have at least some upper body strength and upper body mobility in order to drive one. They also assume an amount of dexterity and some arm strength as a pre-requirement to managing one's operations.
When should a person consider getting one?
As it has been already noted before, a person whose mobility may still be considered "fine", but is also still somewhat hindered, ought to be considering getting a portable mobility scooter.
Another criteria would be a person tiring more easily when walking outdoors. It is almost the perfect solution to a situation in which a grandparent is to take the grand-kids to the zoo.
It is also perfect for a person who has limited walking ability, or is simply in need of some light motorization to get the daily business done.
How do they work?
This bit is normally handled by the vendors, or the company which manufactured the vehicle, if you please. They usually plan and schedule appointments to help the relevant senior get started as well as see which size and model fits best.
How about lifting the vehicle?
The scooter will most likely weigh somewhere in-between forty and fifty pounds. This means that a senior will most likely also need a scooter lift in order to get it in/out of the car trunk.