How to Choose the Right Mobility Scooter for You

Mobility scooters are a great way to reclaim your freedom and increase your mobility. However, with the great variety of medical scooters for sale currently in the market, it is often hard to pinpoint the perfect device for you. Below are some important questions you should ask yourself if you are looking to buy a mobility scooter for yourself or a loved one.

  1. How portable do you need it? Depending on how you plan to use your mobile scooter, you need to consider which kind of device you truly need. If you are looking for a scooter to fit in the trunk of your car and easily pack away on a plane, you will want to consider a travel scooter or a folding mobility scooter. A travel scooter will allow you to dismantle it into 4 or 5 pieces for easier transportation and storage. A folding scooter will be your lightest and most convenient option as no dissasembly is required. On the other hand, if you think you need a mobility scooter with a larger range and more comfort features — and you plan to use the device in and around your home– a mid-size or heavy duty scooter will be a better choice.
  2. Will you be using your scooter indoors, outdoors or both? If you are planning to use your mobility scooter to get around your home, you will need to choose a compact device that has a tight turning radius– a fundamental feature when it comes to making sure that you’ll be able to properly navigate your home while keeping your furniture and belongings intact. If you live in a condominium or apartment building, a smaller scooter will be crucial as you might want it to fit into your elevator in order to reach your unit. If you live in a house and plan to use your scooter mostly outdoors– think of taking it to the store, to a nearby park or to visit friends or family in your neighbourhood– you may benefit from a larger mobility scooter. They come packed with features that will keep you safe and comfortable on the road– like LED lights, cup holders and even USB chargers.
  3. What kind of comfort features do you require? Portable scooters come equipped with stadium seating. It is a comfortable and light-weight option for individuals who have good upper body support. If you are looking for added neck support and a cushier seat which will be ideal for longer rides, a mid-sized or heavy-duty mobility scooter will offer the comfort of a Captain’s chair, which includes an adjustable headrest. Another comfort feature you must consider is suspension. If you are looking to ride your scooter on uneven terrain, a scooter with stability control features will improve your experience and relieve you of any possible pain that rough movement could inflict on you.
  4. Drive ZoomMe ridingHow far and how fast will you travel on your scooter? Whereas an average travel scooter will travel between 6.5 -8 km/h and have a range of about 20-25 kilometres, a heavy duty scooter will travel at about 18 km/h and go as far as 60 kilometres. That is a big difference and a factor that you should definitely take into account when looking at your mobility scooter choices.
  5. What’s your budget? The price range for mobility scooters is just as diverse as the product choices. As you start your research into a brand new scooter to buy, make sure that you find out if you qualify for government help or for any other programs that provide financial aid to people living with disabilities. It is also possible that your health insurance may pay for a portion of the device if deemed medically necessary. This kind of information will help you make the ultimate decision much easier.

Vital Mobility carries one of the largest selections of mobility scooters in the Toronto area and GTA. We retail AND rent quality brands like Pride Mobility, Drive Medical, Solax and more. If you have any additional questions and need help narrowing down your scooter for sale choices, feel free to reach our mobility experts today.

 

Five Big Benefits Of Owning a Lift Chair Recliner

Pride Mobility Lift ChairAs a person ages, few home health care products become as life-changing as a reclining lift chair. When we speak to our customers, especially those experiencing leg, hip and back pain, they often tell us that one of the hardest movements for them to make is to sit down on a chair and eventually get back up. The mere action of sitting demands that a person use her core muscles, hips and legs to complete the movement. That is where a lift chair can be of great assistance.

Below, are 5 benefits that you should consider if you are in the market for a lift chair for yourself or a loved one.

  1. A helping hand: Individuals who have a limited range of mobility, often experience lack of balance when it comes to sitting down and standing up. In some cases, another person is required in order to help that person carry out those movements safely. The lift recliner introduces a whole new level of independence. At the simple touch of a button, the seat can be lowered or raised in order to gradually, help the person achieve the position they desire.
  2. The most comfortable sitting surface: Whether you are looking to read a book, entertain friends, watch TV or knit, the lift recliner is the perfect sitting surface for you to carry out any of those activities. Beyond their ability to help the person sit and stand, lift chairs have adjustable backrests and footrests. Three position and infinite position lift chairs, particularly, give you the option of operating those two sections independently. Imagine you have a friend over and need to have your legs raised in order to reduce swelling. Your back can be upright while your footrest comes up to offer the perfect level of comfort.
  3. A safe napping surface: Lift recliners– especially those with infinite position capabilities– are a perfect spot to rest. Their ability to achieve a Zero Gravity position helps to align your spine, allows you to breathe better and improve your circulation while you rest in a perfectly horizontal position. Individuals who live with respiratory issues, like COPD or other lung conditions, can benefit from sleeping with the backrest in a slightly raised position (another option for those individuals is a home hospital bed).
  4. Make it your own: When we think of home health products, we often think of institutional-looking devices– crafted from very simple materials in sad and monotonous colours. But when it comes to lift chairs, that is definitely no longer the case. Lift chairs come in a variety of colours for you to choose from– which you can easily match to your decor. They are also manufactured in different models and fabric materials. Are the couches in your living room leather? You can definitely find a matching, upholstered lift chair to suit that style.
  5. Quality and durability: Lift chairs by factories like Golden Technologies and Pride are made to last. They think of the lift chair recliner as a device you will use several times a day, on a daily basis. That is why they are built with ultra-durable and easy-to-clean fabric materials and come with limited lifetime and 7-year warranties respectively.

If you are looking for a great medical lift chair at an unbeatable price, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the experts at Vital Mobility. If you are looking for a recliner lift chair for recovery from surgery or injury, feel free to look at our lift chair rental options— ideal for short term needs if you live in Toronto and the GTA.