We have a team of Radian Adapt Occupational Therapists who have written this checklist of things to consider when buying a mobility scooter. This should help you avoid the pitfalls that some residents have unfortunately fallen into…
Where will the scooter be stored? Will it be protected from the weather or damage? Be aware there may be limitations on where you can store it in rented accommodation.
Can you walk from the storage area to your property using walking equipment if necessary?
Will the scooter be able to get in the property?
Will the scooter fit down the path (i.e. is the path wide enough for the scooter?)
Where and how will the scooter be charged safely? For example, it is not recommended to trail wires from the house to a scooter outside to charge. Do you have permission to store/charge it in a communal area?
Do you need to get the scooter in/out of a car? There are adaptations and equipment that may help with this. Trywww.mobility-centres.org.uk for information.
Did you know insurance may be required for your scooter? It’s not legally required but is recommended.
How will the scooter be maintained? Have you considered ongoing maintenance, servicing and cost? Insurance may include break down cover and recovery.
Depending on the type of scooter purchased it may need to be registered with the DVLA (class 3 carriages only) for details visitwww.direct.gov.uk and search for ‘mobility scooter rules’.
Check the distance the scooter will travel before it needs recharging and consider that this will be less if you use lights.
Does your scooter have a weight limit on it?
If using your scooter do you need to take any walking equipment with you? If so how will it be transported on your scooter?
Does the scooter go easily up and down kerbs?
Can you get on/off the scooter easily?
It is strongly advisable to have a demonstration or trial of the scooter before purchasing it.
What guarantee is included with your purchase?
Ensure that you are provided with manufactures’ instructions.
Have you considered other local community transport schemes or Shopmobility which might be available in your area?
Will you need protective clothing and canopies for yourself and the scooter for bad weather?
If you have any concerns or questions about the information here, call Radian Direct on 0300 123 1 567 and ask to talk to one of our Occupational Therapists.