Though the mobility scooter is a great option for many and offers a number of advantages, there is also a number of limitations to consider before investing in a scooter;
- The mobility scooter still requires a user to sit upright as well as the strength in one’s hands, arms and sometimes even legs to steer, move and properly operate the scooter. The options in terms of body support are less than some other options. If you are extremely limited, the scooter may not be the best option.
- The mobility scooter, though being continuously developed, is still large in size and thus can be hard to fit some places, may be hard to turn in a pinch and may make it difficult to steer around and/ or avoid obstacles. Navigation and steering can be daunting and difficult depending on where you live and what your lifestyle involves. Be sure to choose a scooter that fits into the size of your house and within the confines of your other routines, activities, and hobbies.
- Sometimes the issue of accessibility isn’t your fault, nor is it as a result of your scooter’s design, but rather is a matter of building design. It could be missing a ramp, the building may have a small elevator or perhaps the washroom stalls are small and impossible to get into. Buildings are becoming increasingly accessible but beware of older buildings and those with these limitations.
- Mobility Scooters can be hard to get. In the United States, getting a mobility scooter requires approval which can be difficult as the eligibility requirements are quite strict. The same sort of requirements are laid out in Canada. The opposite issue holds true in the UK whereby many people purchase scooters as a cheaper alternative for them as opposed to out of necessity.