11th July 2018 Can You Get A Grant For A Mobility Scooter?
For many people, reduced mobility can mean that getting around is a lot more difficult than it used to be. Having a mobility scooter, however, can make a huge difference to the quality of life. Scooters can cost anything from a few hundred pounds upwards of £5000 depending on the model and size. But is there any help out there such as a grant for mobility scooters?
One of the top places to go to see if you can get a grant or other help with the cost of a mobility scooter is the Motability charity. They help people with mobility problems to get a car, scooter or electric wheelchair to improve their ability to get around and give them greater freedom.
You can join their scheme if you receive one of a number of benefits:
Higher rate mobility component of Disability Living Allowance
Enhance rate mobility component of Personal Independence Payment
War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement
Armed Forces Independence Payment
Once you are accepted for the scheme you can look at getting a mobility scooter along with accessories such as spare electric mobility scooter batteries and mobility scooter canopies that allow you to use your scooter in all weather.
AFTAID is another charity who offer a range of grant requests to older people on low incomes. hey offer grants for mobility scooters as well as a whole range of other items to help make life easier including rise/recliner chairs and walk-in showers.
Their criteria are that you must be a UK citizen aged 65 or above. You must be on a low income and have no savings or only a very minimal amount. You also need written confirmation from a medical professional that the scooter is required. Then they can look at offering a grant to help with the cost of the scooter.
11th July 2018 Can You Get A Mobility Scooter On The NHS?
If you have a long term or permanent mobility issue, then you can get help from the NHS to make getting around easier. Depending on the condition and your mobility, this might mean anything from walking sticks to a mobility scooter.
To start with, you will see a physiotherapist or other medical professional who will assess what you need. For example:
· Walking sticks are great if you have good mobility but need extra confidence or a boost to your balance
· Walking frames offer a greater support than walking sticks for people who can still get around
· Wheelchairs are for people who need full support to get around
· Mobility scooters are for people who are able-bodied enough not to need a wheelchair but have limited mobility and want greater freedom
Wheelchairs and scooters
There are lots of different types of wheelchairs and scooters that offer different features. Most are either electric powered or sometimes self-propelled or pushed by another person. They can be used indoors or outdoors and often need to go into a car to cover greater distances.
When deciding which one is best for you, a medical professional will look at things like:
· Your physical ability – if you can stand up, a scooter is ideal but otherwise, a wheelchair may be needed
· How you will use it – do you need to get upstairs or through narrow doors that would mean a scooter wouldn’t fit?
Other considerations like if you have somewhere to charge electric mobility scooter batteries when they are not in use and how far you want to be able to travel with your scooter. If you want to use it in winter, then things like the ability to add mobility scooter canopies will also factor in as these often can’t be added to wheelchairs due to their design.
How to get a wheelchair or scooter
Wheelchairs are often provided by the NHS depending on your location and the nature of your condition. Sometimes these will be on a loan basis while other times they may be provided permanently. The NHS doesn’t provide you with mobility scooters because they don’t tend to own them.
However, there are other options to help you with the cost of a scooter if this proves to be the best option for you. For starters, there’s the Motability Scheme which can help with the cost of hiring or buying an electric wheelchair or scooter. This is a not-for-profit scheme that is for people receiving the high-rate mobility component of Disability Living Allowance or the War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement.
Buying a mobility scooter
The other option when it comes to getting the scooter you want is to buy one and there are lots of specialists out there who can help with this. There is a great range of scooters with costs starting from just £400 up to as much as £5,000 for larger, roadworthy models.
It is important to have a clear idea of what scooter would be best for you and also what you want it to be able to do. For example, some smaller scooters are ideal to fold up in the car while other bigger models are designed to use on the road but don’t fold up.
Also look at things like the extras – spare batteries, weatherproof canopies and other accessories such as spare tyres that will help with what you want to use the scooter for. Ask about parts if there is a breakdown and how easy it is to get the scooter fixed as you don’t want to be left without it once you are used to using it.
7th June 2018 What are the Main Types of Mobility Scooter?
There are lots of concerns and questions when you are buying a mobility scooter, but the questions should always start with the basics – what type of mobility scooter suits your needs? There are three main types of scooter – small, medium and large road-legal. But what makes these different as well as just size?
Small mobility scooters are the ones that are easy to dismantle to pop into the boot of a car and have a light frame that can easily be lifted. This also means there are some limits to them including how heavy the person using them can be and how far they can travel.
Most have a maximum weight capacity of around 21 stone, depending on the model. Because they use the smaller version ofmobility batteries for scooters, they typically only have a range of around 10 miles.
Medium mobility scooters are also known as Class 2 and 3 scooters and can travel at speed of up to 6mph with some models. They can usually hold someone up to 25 stone in weight depending on the model and typically can have a range of around 20 miles on a single mobility battery charge. Some can be dismantled to transport in the boot of the car while others can’t. If they have road tax, some models can be used on the road.
Large road worthy scooters
These are the biggest of the mobility scooters and can be used on the road up to 8mph and have extras such asmobility scooter canopies added to them to make them suitable for all weather. These mobility scooters are the largest models that aren’t able to fold into cars but have a much bigger maximum capacity, often up to 30 stone. And with road tax, they can be used on most roads apart from dual carriageways and motorways. They can usually travel 25-30 miles on one mobility battery charge.
7th June 2018 How To Choose The Right Mobility Scooter
If you decide that a mobility scooter might be the right solution to your problem, there’s lots of help out there to get the right one. But it is still nice to understand what all the different options mean so here’s our beginners guide to choosing the right mobility scooter.
Mobility scooter basics
There are several variations of mobility scooter and different models within each. Class 2 mobility scooters are the ones that can be used on pavement and in shopping areas. So if you can get to your local shopping mall, you can then use the mobility scooter to move around the shops. These are lighter and smaller than the mobility scooters designed for the road and can have three, four or even five wheels.
Class 3 mobility scooters are those designed to be used on the road. These are larger and heavier, and you can use them on any roads apart from motorways and dual carriageways that have a speed limit of 50mph or higher. The maximum speed that a mobility scooter is allowed to go is 4mph on pavements and 8mph on roads.
Deciding on the right mobility scooter
There are five things to consider when looking at the type of mobility scooter that best suits your needs:
· What kind of journeys will you make?
· What kind of terrain will you cover?
· What storage facilities do you have?
· What are your body size and weight?
· What is your budget?
Terrain, for example, is a key one in deciding between Class 2 or Class 3mobility scooters. If you make short everyday journeys on smooth terrain to the local supermarket or to visit a friend nearby, then a Class 2 mobility scooter will probably be ideal.
If you plan to go out for the day with able-bodied friends who can put the scooter in their vehicle, then Class 2 mobility scooters are great for folding down.
If you want to make longer journeys along roads without footpaths and slightly rougher terrain, then a Class 3 mobility scooter might be best.This can also handle hilly areas and have the right mobility batteries for scooters to have enough power for the whole journey.
Storage facilities are another big factor. Not only do you need somewhere secure and dry, but you need a power point to be able to recharge the mobility scooter battery. You should also look at whether you can get the mobility scooter into the house – that’s why a garage is a popular place to store them. A well-constructed shed with mains electric and good security is another option if you can get the mobility scooter to it easily.
Your own size and weight does factor into it. Some mobility scooters are designed for a certain weight – 15-20 stone is common for the smaller, lighter models. If you weigh more than this, it is important to get a larger model because otherwise, it could become unsteady when you use it.
Mobility scooter extras
Budget is a good way to decide on what mobility scooter you need once you have the other basics in order. But when working out your budget, don’t forget to leave some for the extras you might want.
For example, if you want to use the mobility scooter outside in bad weather then mobility scooter canopies are something you might want to add. These are designed specifically for the different models of the mobility scooter and are like a weatherproof cover for the whole of the mobility scooter, keeping you and it dry.
You may also want to consider a second mobility scooter battery. That way one is in charge and the other in use then you can simply swap. This reduces the risk of running out of battery power if you forget to charge the battery one night.
18th May 2018 Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Electric Mobility Scooter Batteries
When you own an electric mobility scooter, one of the most interesting topics becomes the battery. Questions about the type of battery, the lifespan, how long it takes to charge and how you replace it are inevitably asked. To help you better know yourelectric mobility scooter batteries, here’s a round-up of the most key facts about these specialist batteries.
What types of batteries are used?
There are two main types of mobility scooter battery in use – GEL and SLA (Sealed Lead Acid). Both have their pros and cons and an expert would be able to best tell you which would work if you don’t already have a scooter.
GEL produces more cycles, and this means that it lasts longer. It is ideal if you use your scooter on a daily basis and gives the best performance for most mobility scooters. SLA or absorbent glass matt batteries produce fewer cycles and therefore are ideal if you only use your scooter occasionally. Because of this, they are also less expensive and if you are an infrequent user, they are great value for money.
All batteries are 12v and are usually fitted in pairs to provide the 24v required. This means when you charge one, it is best practice to charge the other too.
How often should you charge a battery?
Obviously how often you charge the scooter battery depends on how often you use the scooter. Generally, most manufacturers will recommend that you charge it after each trip and also overnight. Don’t let your battery run down completely so when it isn’t in use, pop it in charge.
If the scooter isn’t used very often, then it should be charged up once a month at a minimum to keep the battery in good working order. Or you can just leave it plugged in – don’t worry about overcharging as long as you are using the correct charger for it.
Can you store batteries?
If you want to be certain you always have fully charged batteries, it is possible to store them. Always make sure they are fully charged when not in use and then keep them someone cool and dry. If it is too warm, this will reduce their charge, shorten battery lifespan and also potentially make them slow to recharge. The same applies to being too cold.
Can you replace the battery?
If you have a mobility scooter for any length of time, there’s a good chance you will need to replace it as batteries don’t last forever. Always make sure that if you have two electric mobility scooter batteries that you replace them with two from the same manufacturer – don’t mix and match. Also look to get batteries that have similar date codes. Don’t mix the two types of batteries either, go with one or the other.
Fully charge the new battery before use and then install as per your scooter manufacturer’s instructions. Most batteries have a break in period. For example, GEL batteries work best once the battery has been charged and discharged 20-25 times. This is the break-in period and then allows it to run at top performance and last the longest time.
Are mobility scooter batteries safe?
If they are handled correctly, electric mobility scooter batteries are always safe but there are some tips to remember. Try to avoid dropping a tool or touching them with a watch or a bracelet as this can result in an electric shock, sparks or even a fire. And always keep flammable objects away from them such as lighters, matches or cigarettes. Old batteries are considered hazardous material so make sure these are disposed of correctly – some may even be recyclable depending on their material.
Most of the time, the battery on your mobility scooter will charge and work smoothly. But like anything, they can run into problems. So, what are the most common ones and what can you do to solve them?
Running low on power
Generally,mobility scooter batteriesare a reliable way to power your mobility scooter and can achieve 10-15 miles or more on a single charge. If you find you are not getting that kind of lifespan from your battery, there are a few common issues that may be at work:
1. Heavy rider weight – this can demand more battery power and therefore shorten the time between charges
2. Environmental problems – if it is very cold or hot, this causes batteries to work harder and also depletes power quicker when over uneven terrain
3. Lots of stops and starts – if you make lots of short trips that require constantly starting and stopping the scooter, this can drain the battery quicker as can lots of climbs up hills
4. Age of the battery – batteries do have a lifespan and as they get older, they often don’t hold their charge as well
Figuring out the problem
Some of these problems are fairly easy to figure out as the cause of short battery lifespan. If it has been particularly cold or hot then this is a good candidate, especially if performance picks up as the weather levels out. Lots of short journeys is something that is easy to track as well.
We are all very familiar with how temperamental English weather can be, especially with the recent ‘Beast from the East’ making our first day of Spring seem like the middle of December. You can make sure you are extra prepared for bad weather when venturing outside with our mobility scooter rain cape options. Not only will our mobility scooter rain capes protect you from the rain as they are waterproof, we also offer products that can protect you from the cold with fleece lining.
Our mobility scooter rain capes are perfect if carrying an umbrella whilst travelling in your mobility scooter is just too much of a hassle. We have products that have separate sleeves so you can still use your arms freely whilst out and about, or we have other options that can keep yourself and your mobility scooter dry by covering the whole thing with a waterproof cape.
Sometimes venturing outside in bad weather can be such an effort and a difficult experience with a mobility scooter, that is why our mobility scooter rain cape products aim to make your journey outdoors a much more comfortable one. Our range of options are created to benefit any individuals, whatever your uses may be for it. We use a range of lightweight fabrics so you don’t have a big weight on your mobility scooter which could be an inconvenience to your travel or if it starts to fall off your mobility scooter because of the weight that could be an issue.
We have a range of long-lasting and high performance mobility scooter rain cape products such as:
We also offer wheelchair accessorieswhich include a range of different rain cape garments and warmers.
A mobility scooter is a crucial step to freedom for many people. But as they come, they are not always ideal for the worst of the weather we experience here in the UK – most particularly the rain. That’s why you can get a Mobility Scooter Canopy to cover your scooter and allow you to go out in the rain easily. But how do you choose from the many mobility scooter canopy variations available?
One of the main reasons to consider the different Mobility Scooter Canopies is to protect yourself from the rain, but not all canopies are waterproof. So, the first thing you want to check about the canopy you are considering is that it is waterproof. Plastic materials such as PVC are ideal for this kind of covering as the water simply runs off them. They are also easy to dry off and fold up when you don’t need them.
The next consideration for a mobility scooter canopy is whether the model of the canopy will work with your type of scooter. If the scooter and canopy aren’t compatible then there’s a good chance the scooter will not stay in place, will allow water through at some point or will simply collapse and leave you exposed to the elements.
Most mobility scooter canopies will have lists of models that they are compatible with. If you are unsure, simply approach the seller for this information. If they can’t tell you if your scooter is compatible, then it might be worth moving on to the next one where you can. You can even get some canopies that are made to order if you have an unusual model of scooter.
Being waterproof is one thing but you also want to look at the frame of the canopy and see what material is used. Steel and aluminium are the two most common options, and both have pros and cons to consider.
Stainless steel is tough stuff, but it can rust, although not as easily as other types of steel. It can be painted to help reduce this risk, but a single knock or collision can scratch the paint and create a weak spot that allows corrosion in. Look for well protected stainless steel in your canopy. Steel is very durable and heavier so if you are concerned about high winds, then this is often the right option for you.
Aluminium is lighter than stainless steel and less liable to rust. It can handle the elements easier so there’s less concern about it rusting and being unusable. It is lightweight compared to steel so if you are concerned about high winds, it may not have the sturdiness you require.
The combination of the frame material and the waterproof materials create the canopy weight. Because steel and aluminium are very different in their weights, the canopies they create will weigh different amounts. If you have problems with joints or low upper body strength, then the weight of the steel may be too much to easily handle. An aluminium model that will fold down and weigh less might be the best option.
Finally look at the finishing touches of the canopy to make that final decision. For example, does the canopy have a heavy-duty zip that will continue to work for a long time when used regularly? And does the canopy bolt onto the scooter to ensure that it is less likely to blow away or come loose when you are moving around? These are worth looking at to help make that final decision and ensure that you get the perfect mobility scooter canopy for your needs.
9th March 2018 7 Tips For Making The Most Of Your Mobility Scooter Batteries
Mobility scooters are an amazing way for many people to have independence and freedom of movement. But there’s one tricky part about them – managing the battery.
While mobility scooter batteries are much improved in recent years, there are still tips and tricks to use to get the most out of your mobility scooter battery and enjoy freedom without fear of running out of power.
When you first get a mobility scooter, there’s the temptation to just give the battery a short charge and get out there, enjoying your freedom. But to get the most from your battery in the long term, you should get it charged fully on that first charge. While it is irritating to have to wait 12-24 hours before you can use your new mobility scooter, it is important that it is fully charged before you start using it.
The same applies to subsequent charges. It is easy to think that a mobility scooter battery is like a mobile phone battery – get it up to 50% and it will last you the day. It might, but it might not and there’s another issue – you can degrade the mobility scooter battery by only partially charging it. So the advice is definitely to put it on charge, overnight is ideal and leave it there. Most mobility scooter batteries need 12 hours to be fully charged, so leave it for at least that long.
If there’s a time when the mobility scooter isn’t in use, you still want to keep up a regular schedule of charging to keep the battery in good condition. Normally, if the mobility scooter isn’t used, you can give it 24 hours charge every 14 days to keep the battery in top condition.
Okay so it might look like a universal plug fitting that is the same as other household items, but you should only ever charge your mobility scooter battery with the proper charger. There are loads of reasons for this, but it is mostly about ensuring the right power and the right flow to the battery to avoid any problems. If you lose it, contact your mobility scooter battery supplier about getting a proper replacement.
When you buy your mobility scooter battery from a recognised supplier, you will get a warranty with it. But there are terms to these warranties, often involving the charging. If you don’t charge your mobility scooter battery properly, in accordance with the instructions provided, you can face the warranty being voided. This means if something happens to the battery, you won’t get the replacement you would if you have followed the charging schedule.
Often lower temperatures during winter can have a negative effect on mobility scooter batteries, just like all kinds – car batteries are most likely to fail in winter, for example. So take this into consideration when organising your charging schedule and give a little extra when the weather is cold.
Just like a car or motorbike, mobility scooters can benefit from a regular service. This ensures all the systems are working properly and no faults are building up that could leave you without your mobility scooter for a time while it is repaired. Look for local suppliers who can offer advice about where to go to get your mobility scooter surveyed.
Mobility scooter batteries are tough things, designed specifically for the job. If you take good care of them, they will last a long time and ensure you remain mobile and independent as much as you want.
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