Is a Folding Mobility Scooter Right for You? 3 Things You NEED To Know

As our population ages, the demand for mobility scooters continues to skyrocket. After all, these convenient devices make moving around and regaining your independence very easy. And as mobility scooter manufacturers continue to improve their design, much emphasis is being placed on the making electric scooters portable.

In recent years, we have seen a really exciting lineup of travel scooters reach the market. These light-weight and compact scooters can be quickly disassembled into four or five parts for easy transportation and storage. A travel scooter can fit into the trunk of your car or a closet in your home. It is a comfortable and economical option for people looking for enhanced mobility. However, it does take a few steps in order to get your disassembled travel scooter up and running.

woman driving zoome scooterIf you’re looking for an even more convenient option, then you must consider a folding travel scooter. What is the difference? Whether a travel scooter comes in pieces, a folding mobility scooter can be put away whole. Here’s what YOU need to know about these life-changing, modern devices:

  1. Your lightest option: Whereas a regular travel scooter will weight around 100 lbs, a folding scooter will weight on average, half of that. At a very manageable 50-60 lbs, this type of scooter might be perfect if you have decreased upper body strength.
  2. The Most Modern Batteries: The game-changing reason why a foldable travel scooter is lighter than the alternative is the battery type. Whereas the lithium battery in folding scooters weights 5 lbs, a standard battery in a compact scooter will weigh between 22-28 lbs. The most surprising fact is that this lighter battery happens to offer excellent range! At an average of 13 miles per charge, even the mozoome flex scooter foldingst compact scooter can take you places!
  3. Simple, one-motion folding: These portable scooters are real time-savers! Without any need for disassembly, this kind of scooter often requires a simple lift of the middle part of the base in order to achieve a compact fold. This makes it an ideal choice if you’re looking for a scooter for travel as no parts will ever be left behind.

Mediplus Mobility in Miami carries folding travel scooters like the Drive ZooMe and the Solax Technology’s Mobie Foldable Scooter. If you have any questions for our expert customer service team, don’t hesitate to call us today at 305-699-5939 and we’ll help you find a great travel scooter to fit your lifestyle.

 

 

Top 5 mobility devices to help you enjoy the outdoors

Spending time indoors is at times necessary– especially for individuals who are undergoing recovery. But an environment that supplies artificial light and poorly circulating air does very little for a person’s mental and physical well-being. Mediplus Mobility is your one-stop shop to provide you with mobility devices to give you the confidence and comfort you need to feel safe when heading outdoors– as more and more research continues to show that it has great benefits for your health.

mobility devices outsideTake humans’ need for Vitamin D, for example. Spending time under the warm glow of natural light will make your bones stronger and give a much needed boost to your immune system (especially during cooler months!). Sunshine is also partly responsible for helping to prevent autoimmune disorders. When you venture outdoors you are also helping your body to rest better. Artificial light can throw off your sleeping patterns, but natural light helps to regulate your biological clock and help you achieve a smoother bedtime routine.

The benefits of being exposed to the outdoors are numerous, but as discussed earlier– getting there can be a challenging if you suffer from mobility impairments. That is why, we compiled a list of the TOP 5 Mobility Devices that will help you get outside!

1. Wheelchair: A staple in the mobility industry, whether it be a simple foldable wheelchair or a highly complex tilting wheelchair, this device is an ideal option for individuals who can propel themselves or have a caregiver who can assist them. Wheelchairs are created with durable frames and casters, with some models making them more suitable for outdoors use than others. More and more, wheelchairs are also becoming lighter and easier to push and store– carbon fiber and aluminum wheelchairs are quickly starting to dominate market preferences.

3. Mobility Scooter: Scooters are a good solution for individuals who either tire or suffer from lower-body pain when embarking on long walks. Rated for use on sidewalks– but also malls, indoors spaces, grass and other surfaces– power scooters come packed with features like headlights, shopping baskets and different size batteries. Whereas some are made to be taken apart (or even folded!) for easy transport, other Heavy Duty scooters are large enough that they need to be kept in your garage.

2. Power Wheelchair:  A power wheelchair combines the comfort and maneuverability of a wheelchair with the ruggedness and range of a mobility scooter. Usually operated with a sensitive joystick, power wheelchairs are suitable for use in most surfaces and eliminate the need for an individual to propel themselves or seek assistance to do so. As opposed to scooters– which can be bulky– power wheelchairs have an extremely tight turning radius, making them a good option for indoors use. They are the ultimate tool for independent living!

4. Rollator Walker: Oftentimes, individuals are advised to keep as active as possible during their daily activities. A great way to remain active while feeling safe and finding balance is by considering a rollator walker. Rollators are four-wheeled walkers that come equipped with a seat, back-rest and hand brakes. This device is ideal for outdoors use as the combination of brakes and a seat allows you to take a break from your walk to catch your breath!

5. Foldable Walker: This is the least invasive of the devices we just discussed. A simple, aluminum frame with two small wheels at the front, it provides more support and stability than a cane but doesn’t come equipped the features of a Rollator. Aluminum walkers are easy to fold (often with just one button!) and are ultra-light .

Wondering which device is best for you? Let Mediplus Mobility’s experts discuss your needs and priorities as we jointly discover a path for you to enjoy the outdoors again! Not only do we sell power wheelchairs, rollator walkers, walkers, wheelchairs and mobility scooters at excellent prices but they are also part of our comprehensive rental program.

 

Renting a Mobility Scooter: The Perfect Choice

mobility scooterAccording to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, around 20 percent of the adult population in the United States lives with a disability. That amounts to about 46 million Americans who find themselves needing one form or another of home health mobility products. While some individuals may require braces or walking aids, some will also need to purchase electric mobility scooters or opt for electric scooter rentals.

The devices available are able to alleviate many health conditions and limitations that require them. Many individuals, who begin to use electric mobility scooters, find themselves being able to go shopping, enjoy lunch with friends or visit a museum in absolute comfort. For example, people suffering from conditions that limit their ability to breathe well, like emphysema or congestive heart failure, will find that their world opens up to a new degree of independence.

The prospect of achieving mobility for a person living with conditions like Cerebral Palsy, arthritis or Multiple Sclerosis (MS), can be both daunting and exciting. Mediplus Mobility wants to facilitate the mobility and daily living aids that its clients need to live life to the fullest and enjoy the greatest possible level of independence. Patients who suffer from debilitating health conditions can see a significant improvement in their quality of life with the use of walking aids, patient hoyer lifts, wheelchairs, walking aids and bathroom safety products.

Electric mobility scooters or wheelchairs are products that despite having similar uses, have different functionalities. If a user desires to constantly use a mobility device, either an electric wheelchair or manual wheelchair will be the right choice for them. The wheelchair is designed for individuals who need to be sitting most of the day. The electric scooter, on the other hand, is designed for people who have some degree of mobility—even if limited. If a person in experiencing a type of condition that has symptomatic flare-ups, they might very well benefit from a scooter rental. When a person’s condition doesn’t warrant more than an occasional rental and the purchase of the device may not be affordable, Mediplus Mobility’s rental program can be a handy solution. Users looking to go on a trip that may entail sightseeing and a great deal of movement, could be very well served by being relieved of the strain of trying to keep up to a group when their condition impairs them from doing so.

Generally, mobility aids can help you or a loved one move if you’re experiencing disability, injury or fall-risk due to age. These aids can include crutches, walkers, rolling walkers, rollators, canes and crutches. We also offer other home healthcare aids like electric beds. Each one of these devices has a place in the spectrum of care for safe, convenient and healthy mobility.

How to decide if you need an Electric Mobility Scooter

The market for mobility devices is large and varied since a big range of individuals suffering from a wide range of medical conditions and mobility impairments use these devices on a daily basis. Some of these conditions make it hard or impossible to move like the aftermath of a stroke or paralysis. It also includes diseases that make mobility harder by affecting the joints like arthritis. Heart conditions, also make it challenging to walk even short distances. Whereas some conditions are short-term, such as temporary breaking an limb, others are long-term and imply that the individual will always encounter mobility challenges.

drive electric mobility scooter

Luckily, certain products in the market are able to help those individuals live better and more comfortable lives. If an individual finds him or herself permanently disabled, they will benefit from the purchase of an electric mobility scooter. Yet, electric mobility scooter rentals might be the perfect solution if the patient is suffering from short-term disability or if they are not able to afford one at their time of need. Either way, electric mobility scooters are an excellent way to help a loved one regain their independence and mobility inside and outside their homes.

Mediplus Mobility makes it easy to rent a scooter. Individuals can choose scooter rentals for as short as one week and extend that rental as long as necessary. In some cases, people decide to rent scooters to save money. Renting scooters helps people afford a deluxe model at a lower cost. By renting, a patient with a disability isn’t responsible for any damages or repairs to the equipment if they experience any problems. A scooter rental also gives individuals the ability to pick a different model if the original scooter doesn’t suit their needs or if they decide to travel and need a lighter device.

Whereas electric mobility scooters are a very convenient vehicle to assist people with mobility issues, electric hospital beds are also ideal for purchase or rental for home use. Electric hospital beds are specifically designed to meet the medical needs of disabled patients and help them sleep more comfortably. Users can access a much-needed major medical product in a cost-effective way by choosing electric hospital bed rentals.

Mobility-impaired individuals can also benefit from our wheelchair rental program . People facing temporary disability may find that purchasing an expensive wheelchair might not be in their best interest. Choosing a short-term rental is the perfect solution to that problem because it helps to reduce the cost of using a wheelchair. Lastly, crutches and walkers are other convenient walking aids that can be rented to facilitate an individual’s mobility.