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.

 

How to care for your Mobility Scooter in the winter

drive scooter storage in the winterWith the thermometer already dipping below 0 degrees, it is time to begin thinking how to condition your mobility devices for use or storage during the winter months. When it comes to mobility scooters, a vast majority– especially travel size or medium size models– are only appropriate for use in dry or wet road conditions. 

When the snow starts coming down, however, it is most advisable to bring those devices indoors as the snow and road salt can inflict severe damage on the structure and mechanics of the mobility scooter. The expert team at Vital Mobility has compiled some quick and useful tips to help you keep your mobility scooter in tip-top shape during the cold Canadian months:

  • DO NOT LEAVE YOUR SCOOTER OUTDOORS: Not only will the cold weather finish your battery, but the body of your scooter will be damaged. Instead, look for a dry place to store it: like a shed, a garage or even your home’s basement.
  • REMEMBER TO CHARGE YOUR BATTERIES: Unlike during the warmer months, when you’ll be charging your battery on an almost daily basis, in the winter you are also required to give your batteries the occasional boost. It is ideal to charge your mobility scooter overnight every two weeks. This will assist in maintaining the battery by avoiding parasitic drain.
  • MAINTAIN THE TIRES: Before storing your scooter for the winter, make sure that if your tires are air-filled, that they are fully inflated– and that they remain so for the duration of the season. Deflated tires are likely to crack and compromise your ability to use your scooter once the weather warms up.
  • IF YOU’RE LEAVING THE SCOOTER IN A CHILLY SPOT: Sometimes you will have no choice than to store your mobility scooter in a spot– like your garage– that may not be heated. In that case, to prevent the battery from freezing and possible condensation, consider covering the battery with a heavy blanket.
  • WAIT FOR THE SNOW TO CLEAR: Icy and snowy road conditions will not only compromise the structural integrity of your mobility device, but they will also put you at risk. Instead of using your scooter, consider enlisting the help of family and friends or a trusted mobility transportation service to get you around town.

If you follow the above steps, once spring arrives, you will find your mobility scooter in great shape and you will not need to waste any time resuming your busy life outdoors!

Looking to buy a mobility scooter? Winter-time offers the best deals of the year. Visit us at www.vitalmobility.ca today!

 

Satisfied customers are key in home healthcare industry

Our world and the people who live in it are rapidly changing. According to Employment and Social Development Canada, in 2011– the population of Canadians 65 years of age and older was around five million. By 2036– 25 years later– that same population is expected to double to 10.4 million.  Astounding medical advancements are making it so that individuals in developed countries like ours are living longer and healthier lives. But when it comes to home healthcare and assistive devices, with the rising demand of products and services to simplify the lives of seniors, comes a new, big-box mentality to providing those services. Vital Mobility home healthcare products

Customers come through our doors every day, disappointed with the inexperienced and money-driven approach they receive when they visit some of our country’s largest mobility and home health care retailers. The expert team at Vital Mobility is committed to providing our customers with a very different experience. Whether you’re in the market for a home hospital bed, mobility scooter or home health accessories like reachers and bathroom equipment– our main focus is your satisfaction. Our valued customers are people with distinct needs; not numbers.

Many clients ask us if at the expense of great customer service comes higher prices than larger Canadian retailers. That is a great question for which we have an answer: Fantastic customer service should not cost a dime. We know our products inside/out, we deliver promptly and learn about you in order to guide you to the perfect assistive device, because we take pride in our family-owned business and truly care to help others.

By visiting our website, you will find that Vital Mobility’s prices are always at not only at par, but very often beat our competitors. Plus, we’re just one of the few home healthcare suppliers who advocate for price transparency in the market. You will find the prices of all of our devices as well as shipping charges and taxes clearly listed on www.vitalmobility.ca.

As the reality of our world continues to evolve, our mission is to keep a people-driven business, people-centric. The team at Vital Mobility looks forward to serving you with retail and rentals of home healthcare equipment and mobility devices in the Toronto area and beyond.

Get back your freedom with an electric mobility scooter! Buying Guide

There’s nothing like the feeling of warm, summer air on your face! And what better way to enjoy it than by having the mobility and independence to get outside when and were you feel like it?

During the summer, as you travel down any street, you will notice an increase in the number of elderly or mobility impaired individuals riding on mobility scooters– and for a good reason. Their safety, speed and comfort make then perfect options for people looking to go places.

There are three main types of electric mobility scooters for you to choose from:

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Brand new, Pride Go-Go Foldable Scooter

1. The Compact or Foldable Electric Mobility Scooter: These are ideal options for those looking for a compact scooter that can fit into your car or van. Light-weight, compact scooters can be easily disassembled into separate pieces in order to facilitate transportation– it’s extremely quick to put apart and just as speedy to build them back up! These smaller scooters come at a very affordable price-tag, making them a good option for budget-conscious buyers. Within the same, light category are foldable mobility scooters. These devices are newer in the market and are usually constructed with flexible materials that make them the lightest and most convenient choice for individuals who are constantly on the go. They do not need to be disassembled and can easily fit into the trunk of your car. Price-wise, they are pricier than regular, compact (travel) scooters.

2. Midsize Scooters: The second largest type of electric mobility scooter is the midsize– a compromise between luxury and compact scooters. Midsize scooters provide users with a cushier, more comfortable ride than smaller sized devices, often providing individuals with a choice between regular seats or captain’s chair seating. These scooters are also often equipped with larger-sized batteries, making them a good choice for people looking to travel on them for longer distances (their range usually goes up to 40 km on a single charge). Because tires are often larger in midzie scooters, they have larger clearance from the ground, which helps the driver navigate roads and kerbs with greater ease. While a few midsize scooters can be disassembled for transportation in small vehicles, most of them will need tools in order to carry out the task. If you are looking to buy a midsize scooter and travel with it, you will likely require a van or larger vehicle with a ramp.

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Drive Cobra Scooter

3. Luxury/ Heavy Duty Scooters: Heavy duty mobility scooters present users with the very best in size, comfort and quality. Equipped with reinforced suspension and higher ground clearance due to their larger wheels, these mobility scooters are ideal for people looking to use them on challenging surfaces like uneven pavements, fields and hills. Powerful, luxury scooters can hold up a larger weight capacity as well and are often indicated for larger individuals who require the extra support to ensure their safety.  Although they come at a higher price-tag and are challenging to transport on another vehicle, heavy duty mobility scooters are the preferred choice of individuals looking for versatility and modern, trendy design.

Vital Mobility has access to the very best mobility scooters in the Canadian market. Call us today to find out how we can help you find the perfect one for your needs.

 

 

Why Renting A Mobility Scooter Is A Great Choice

In 2006, Statistics Canada reported that there were a little over 4.2 million persons (above 15 years old) with disabilities. With almost 2 million of them being sixty-five and above, there is a good chance that many are going to find themselves (or a loved one) in need of various home-health mobility products at some point. This can range from the use of walking aids and braces all the way to the purchasing of electric mobility scooters or utilizing scooter rentals.

Many health situations or conditions can require, or have their limitations alleviated by, the devices available. Conditions that limit one’s ability to breathe well, such as congestive heart failure or emphysema for example, necessitate usage of devices such as the electric mobility scooter. These vehicles can open up the world again for someone — allowing them to go shopping, visit a museum, or just have a lunch with friends. To people suffering from conditions such as arthritis, MS, or Cerebral Palsy, the prospect of mobility is as daunting as it is exciting. A company that provides the many aids to daily living and mobility is giving its clients the ability to enjoy life as we all do. Wheelchairs, medical chair lifts, walking aids, patient hoyer-lifts, and bathroom safety products all add to the quality of life to those who suffer debilitating health conditions.

The wheelchair and electric mobility scooters are two products with similar uses, but differ in functionality. The wheelchair or the electric wheelchair is designed for more constant use than the scooter affords. The wheelchair is for people who need to sit for most of the day. The electric scooter is for those who have some mobility, however limited. Maybe a person’s condition is of the type that has symptomatic flare-ups. This scenario would lend itself to scooter rental. The outright purchase may not be affordable and the person’s condition does not warrant more than the occasional rental. Possibly an upcoming trip with a great deal of sightseeing would be the perfect opportunity for someone to be relieved of the strain of trying to keep up with the group when their condition proves otherwise.

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Mobility aids in general help you walk or move if there is injury, disability, or fall-risk due to age. They can include canes, walkers, rolling walkers, rollators, and crutches. Other aids, such as electric beds, are available for home use as well. All of these have a place in the spectrum of care for healthy and safe mobility.