Do You Need a Pride Lift Chair?

 
There are a number of reasons why a person might need the assistance of a lift chair. These chairs are commonly used by people with a variety of medical conditions, and the goal is to make getting in and out of a seated position much easier on the user. People have a number of options when it comes time to order their pride lift chair, so it is usually a good idea to contact a Sales Representative to assist you in selecting a specific model based on your needs. (You typically want to stay away from doctor, physician terminology because we do not bill insurance.)

There are a variety of options available when it comes to a lift chair, including position options, fabrics, back styles and even media compatibility options. Obviously the more options a chair has the more expensive it will be. People can customize their chair to make it just the right fit for their needs and lifestyle. A person can get a two position chair that is great for tv watching, a three position chair which is ideal for relaxing and napping, or an infinite position chair which goes into a full recline and the healthful Trendelenburg Position. Each person will need to decide for themselves which chair will best suit their needs. The chairs will also vary in their outward appearance, which means you can choose a chair that goes well with the décor of their home.

Another thing that makes these chairs so popular is that they can be custom ordered and then delivered directly to a person’s home. People don’t have to hassle with going to pick up their pride lift chair and worry about how to transport to their home. No matter what a person’s specific needs are, there is sure to be a lift chair that will make them comfortable. They may just need to spend some time looking at all of the available options or choose to customize the chair to their specific needs.

Mobility Scooters and the Gym

Tips for Enjoying a Good Workout
If you’re ready to purchase a new mobility scooter for the first time, it’s best to think of all your possibilities, rather than your limitations. If you already have a scooter, how about broadening your horizons by taking your machine to the gym to enjoy a good workout?

Most of today’s modern gyms are equipped to accommodate your mobility scooter.  And as long as there is sufficient room between machines and enough space to allow you to move about throughout the gym, you may be good to go.  Following are some steps you can take to ensure a great experience at the workout location of your choice.

Wheelchair Gym Training

Wheelchair Gym Training

  1. Get a complete physical exam if you haven’t done so recently. Make sure your healthcare provider gives you the green light to use the various machines at the gym. Let your provider help you decide which areas of your body would benefit from a regular exercise program that includes time in the gym.

  2. Take a tour of the gym. Make sure the gym has equipment that you access by rising from your scooter and using the machine. If you are unable to rise from your scooter without assistance, look for machines that you can use while remaining seated.

  3. Make sure the gym has clean handicapped bathrooms and a clean shower that is designed for people with disabilities. It’s a good idea to visit the gym at its busiest hours (you can ask the gym manager to let you know the busy times to use the gym as well as the hours when gym use is light). If the gym is poorly managed, you might find bathrooms that are not cleaned regularly, especially during the busy times,.

  4. Do not fall for the sales pitches of trainers unless you know that the trainer is experienced at working with people who use electric mobility scooters and other assistive devices. Get references from others who use mobility scooters. Some gyms such as Planet Fitness don’t allow trainers to make sales pitches. If you need a trainer, hire one who does not work at the gym.

Which type of Mobility Scooter is best for gym use
You can use either a 4-wheel mobility scooter or a 3-wheel device. However, 3-wheel mobility scooters feature a tighter turning radius than 4-wheelers. Four wheel mobility scooters are less maneuverable than their 3 wheel counterparts; however they give you greater stability, which won’t usually be a factor in a gym. You can also use a lightweight travel scooter; the advantages of a travel scooter is its portability.

If you’re looking for a new mobility scooter, you can easily order online at a trusted site from companies such as Scooter Direct, your source for all mobility products. You’ll find a great selection of mobility scooters, wheelchairs, lifts, ramps, lift chairs as well as walking aids, pool lifts, stair lifts and vertical platforms. Call: toll free (800) 987-6791

to speak with a specialist Monday to Friday 9 am to 6 pm (Eastern time). Scooter Direct also offers a live chat feature so you can communicate in real time with a customer service representative.

Know when to Yield Right of Way on your Mobility Scooter

Mobility scooters give you the freedom to move freely and easily, whether it’s around the shopping mall, in the neighborhood or when you’re on vacation. However, it’s important that you always keep in mind that you are operating a power driven vehicle, one that can cause danger to yourself and others if you do not drive it carefully.

Currently, most states do not have specific regulations governing electric scooters. Nevertheless, the State of Florida warns on its website that someday statutory regulations will exist.

Following are some examples of when you should yield to pedestrians or bicyclists;

  • When riding on a narrow bridge path that’s protected by railings or concrete embankment. Resort areas often have lots of pedestrian traffic across bridges which lead from hotels to nearby shopping areas. Often pedestrians will pause to look at the water or passing boats. Obviously, if you are traveling at 3.5 miles per hour on your mobility scooter you have a duty to warn the pedestrians that you are coming.

  • You should never operate your mobility scooter on a busy thoroughfare, even within a bike lane. Instead, it’s safer to drive your scooter on the sidewalk. However, if for some reason you are driving within a bicycle lane, make sure you warn oncoming bicyclists who can be riding at high speeds that you are in the bicycle lane.

  • Whether you are operating your mobility scooter in residential areas or on park paths be especially aware of animals who might cross your path. Dogs and cats frequently run in front of motorized vehicles, so make sure you are always vigilant when you are driving.

 

Operating your mobility scooter should be fun. Tooling around on your scooter is a great way to sightsee, commute to work or get to a desired nearby destination quickly. In addition to observing common sense driving tactics (even if your state does not have a law that mandates when you should yield right of way), you should always make sure your mobility scooter is in tip-top running condition.  Additionally, perform the following safety checks before you use your mobility scooter:

  1. Make sure your wheels are not worn

  2. Check your battery level; make sure it is recharged. And know exactly how long you can operate your mobility scooter before the battery level gets low.

  3. Make sure your brakes are operating properly.

  4. Check to see if your horn, lights and signals are in working order.

  5. Adjust your seat to the most comfortable setting and while doing so make sure that it is secure

If you are in the market for a mobility scooter, please visit ScooterDirect.com, your source for all mobility products. At ScooterDirect you can browse through a large inventory of high quality mobility products by the top manufacturers.  In addition to mobility scooters (including great deals on all-terrain mobility scooters), you’ll see power wheelchairs, manual wheelchairs, lifts, ramps, lift chairs, walking aids and accessories. Plus, ScooterDirect is an authorized dealer for every manufacturer.

Portable Wheelchair Ramp Safety Tips and Buying Guide


Portable wheelchair ramps are a great convenience as they enable you to navigate your wheelchair in and out of your home, stores and other public facilities.  They are made of sturdy but lightweight materials designed to allow easy transport and storage. Following are some tips to follow to ensure that you use your portable wheelchair ramp safely.

Safety Tips:
*Make sure you’re comfortable with the incline – Don’t exceed your comfort zone! If you’re attempting to traverse a steep incline, have an able-bodied attendant assist you.

*Don’t load the wheelchair with anything that can tip it backwards – It’s best not to carry anything that exerts downward gravitational force such as a backpack. Wait until you have traversed the incline to put the backpack on the wheelchair.

*Always fasten your seatbelt before negotiating the ramp. In fact, as a safety precaution you should fasten your seatbelt whenever you’re in your wheelchair.

*If you have anti-tip wheels, double-check them to make sure they’re working properly.

*Practice using your ramp. Begin driving your wheelchair at the slowest possible speed. The more you use your ramp the more confident you will become.

*When descending, proceed slowly and ease up towards the bottom of the ramp until you come to a complete stop.

*Don’t go solo until you are confident. Have an attendant or caregiver assist you until you are able to use the ramp confidently.

Portable Wheelchair Ramp Buying Guide

Portable wheelchair ramps come in a variety of designs including suitcase, threshold, solid, multifold, single fold and van & specialty ramps. Following are brief descriptions of each design type:

*Multi-fold Ramps – Longer ramps, which are ideal for traveling over several steps, steeper inclines or traversing uneven terrain, multi-fold wheelchair ramps fold in two places.

Utility Ramp-20Utility Wheelchair Ramps

Threshold Ramps – Featuring a high-traction surface, threshold ramps are designed for smooth uneven doorways, sliding glass doors, and raised landings. They are made out of aluminum or rubber, fit 1 to 6 inches threshold height and can carry up to 600 pounds.

Solid Ramps – These ramps are a one-piece design, thus requiring no assembly.  They have no moveable parts. All you have to do is position the wheelchair ramp and you’re ready to go! Solid ramps feature a seamless rigid design for a safe and solid feel. These extremely sturdy ramps have a weight capacity of 700 pounds.

Single fold (Suitcase) Ramps – Ideal for slight elevation changes, single fold ramps fold longwise for easy transportation. Designed for both indoor and outdoor use, single fold ramps come in 2 to 6 foot lengths. They are primarily used to load power chairs and scooters into vans and SUVs.

Multi-fold Ramps – Featuring a 3-fold design, multi-fold ramps allows you to access steps, vehicles and raised landings. Designed so they can be used both indoors and outside, multi-fold ramps can hold up to 800 pounds.

Van Ramps – Specially designed for easy access to a minivan’s side door, van ramps install easily to the floor of the van. Easy to store and transport,

For a complete selection of portable wheelchair ramps, visit ScooterDirect.com, your source for all mobility products.

 

Facts about Wheelchairs and Mobility Scooters

Wheelchairs and mobility scooters greatly enhance the quality of lives of millions of people in the U.S. who find it difficult or impossible to walk without assistance. Beyond the benefit of improved mobility, wheelchairs and mobility scooters enable many people to lead more productive lives at home and in the workplace and help foster feelings of independence and self-confidence. Following are some interesting facts about these remarkable devices:

*It is believed that wheelchairs have existed at least since the 6th Century B.C., based on an image found on a stone slate in China as well as a depiction of a child resting on a wheeled bed depicted on a Greek vase from the same era.

*The first historical figure to use a wheelchair was King Philip II of Spain who used one that had both arm and leg rests during the late 16th Century because he found it difficult to walk due to a case of severe gout.

*Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the 32nd President of the United States, used a wheelchair from 1933 to 1945 because he was unable to walk unassisted after he contracted polio. Perhaps because of the stigma attached to disabilities, only one photograph exists that shows President Roosevelt in his wheelchair.

*In 1655, Stephen Farfler, a paraplegic German watchmaker, built a self-propelling chair on a three wheel chassis. Historians believe that Farfler’s invention was a precursor to today’s bicycles and tricycles.

*In 1900 the first wheelchairs with spoke wheels were manufactured.

*The first mass-produced electric wheelchair was developed by Canadian inventor George Klein who created the device to help seriously injured veterans during World War II. However, in 1916 a tricycle was outfitted with a 1.5 horsepower engine in what is believed to be the first motorized wheelchair.

*The first mobility scooter was introduced by Sears and Roebuck in 1954. Dubbed as an electric wheelchair, the scooter wasn’t popular and was soon out of production.

*The first folding, tubular wheelchair was built in 1932 by an engineer named Harry Jennings. Jennings’ device is quite similar to modern-day folding wheelchairs.

*In 1974, the first wheelchair marathon was held in Toledo, Ohio. Bob Hall, a 24-year old paraplegic won in the event in a time of 2 hours and 54 minutes. The following year, Hall completed the Boston Marathon in his wheelchair as an unofficial contestant.

*According to the Guinness Book of World Records, a daredevil named Doc Romeo completed the first verified back flip while in a wheelchair in 2008.

*Romanian paraplegic Vasile Stoica completed a 36,000 round-the-world journey in his wheelchair in 1999, traveling through Australia, Asia, North America and Europe. Stoica holds the world record for the longest 24-hour wheelchair excursion, covering 132 kilomoters.

*The longest wheelchair basketball game in history was held in 2004 by students and staff members from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. The grueling contest lasted 26 hours and three minutes.

For the best selection of mobility products including wheel chairs, scooters, lifts, ramps, lift chairs and walking aids visit ScooterDirect.com, your source for all mobility products.

Power Chair and Mobility Scooter’s Battery Buying & Maintenance Tips

If you’ve got a battery-powered mobility scooter or power chair, you’re used to being able to move freely. It’s opened up a whole new world! However, if you neglect your battery you’ll be back to square one, without the freedom you cherish.

Follow these 5 simple battery buying & maintenance tips and you’ll enjoy freedom of movement for years to come.

1. Select a top-quality Gel/Sealed Lead Acid battery.
Mobility equipment experts and the leading wheelchair manufacturers recommend Gel/Sealed Lead Acid Batteries because they are safe, longer-lasting and virtually maintenance free. Plus, they are approved for airline and public transportation. Shop on trusted sites such as Scooter Direct for a complete selection of brand name Gel/Sealed Lead Acid batteries available for your wheelchair or scooter at the lowest price.

Two types of Gel/Sealed Lead Acid batteries are available – Deep Cycle and Gelled/Suspended Electrolyte.  

Deep Cycle batteries are fully laboratory tested, premium sealed, and capable of up to 500 cycles

Gelled/Suspended Electrolyte batteries are completely sealed, safe to use in any position because they contain no liquid.

Sealed batteries also feature a special resealing vent system that prevents internal pressure from building up so they cannot explode under normal conditions. Gel/Sealed Lead Acid batteries do not need to be fully discharged before recharging and don’t develop a “memory” that limits their recharging. They will not automatically discharge if put on concrete.

2. Always Use a Charging System Designed for Your Battery
And never use a car charger on a gel battery. Remember…it is not necessary to completely discharge your new gel/sealed lead batteries; doing so will do more harm than good.

3. Dispose of Your Batteries Properly
While gel batteries are safe to use they do contain toxic and corrosive substances, so safe disposal is mandatory.  Follow your manufacturer’s directions for disposal.

4. Charging
Charge your batteries as often as specified by the manufacturer of your mobility product. If you use your machine every day, you’ll probably have to charge it daily. Charging intervals will vary with frequency of use so be sure to read the manufacturer’s literature.

5. Battery Storage
If you are keeping spare batteries, store them fully charged. However, you’ll need to check them about once a month and recharge if necessary.

If you purchase a high-quality gel battery designed for your device and follow some simple maintenance tips your power wheelchair or mobility scooter will run smoothly for years to come. For a complete selection of power wheelchairs, mobility scooters, batteries and chargers visit Scooter Direct, America’s Largest Mobility Store.

Mobility Scooter Review of Safety Tips


One of the greatest benefits of using a mobility scooter is the freedom and independence you’ll  enjoy now that you are able to get around easily. However, it’s your responsibility to operate your scooter safely, especially if you intend to use it outside the home.  Following are 18 simple tips that will help you operate your scooter safely and responsibly:

Pride Go Go Sport, model SC74

Pride Go Go Sport, model SC74

  1. Read your owner manual – It is important to familiarize your mobility scooters’ user manual. Most manuals include instructions on how to navigate over uneven terrain, the proper way to negotiate turns, safe braking practices, etc.

  2. Practice – Before you go on long excursions, practice operating your scooter in a quiet parking lot.

  3. Straight Ahead – Avoid going on inclines, like curb ramps, on an angle. You are at the greatest risk of tipping when you turn too sharply or go too fast going up or down hills or ramps.

  4. Power Down – Make sure you shut off your engine when you’re finished driving your mobility scooter. For extra safety, remove the key when you’re finished using the vehicle.

  5. Be Reflective – If you plan on operating your scooter at night use a fluorescent vest or other reflective gear so that you can be easily seen.

  6. Be Seen – Use a safety flag at the rear of your scooter if you travel near a roadway.  A safety flag that is placed at a level above your head can be seen by motorists.

  7. Drive sober! – Do not operate your mobility scooter if you are impaired by alcohol, prescription drugs or any other intoxicating substances. Alcohol and drugs compromise your judgment, putting yourself and others at risk.

  8. Watch out for others – Pedestrians, bicyclists, and other mobility scooter operators are obstacles that can move into your path. It’s always prudent to drive defensively.

  9. Parking Lots – Exercise caution when you’re driving through commercial parking lots where shoppers on foot or in cars are likely to emerge at any time. Be especially cautious when driving near storefronts because people can exit a store at any time.

  10. Power Up – Make sure your batteries are fully charged each time you operate your scooter. Getting stranded far from home is no fun at all.

  11. Speed – When you drive on footpaths, don’t exceed the speed of pedestrians.

  12. Avoid Water – It is safest to drive only in dry conditions. Avoid riding in the rain, driving through puddles or traversing wet grass.

  13. No hitchhikers – Don’t let kids of other passengers ride with you on your scooter unless it is designed for more than one person. Your scooter is designed to bear a specific weight load; exceeding that weight can damage its frame.

  14. Phone Home

  15. Don’t leave home without your cell phone. In case of an equipment breakdown you should always have a cell phone handy so you can call for help.

  16. A Must See – If you wear prescription glasses or contact lenses wear them when you ride your scooter.  You need to be able to see clearly to drive safely!

  17. Know it well. It’s a good idea to check out the sidewalks and pathways in your neighborhood prior to operating your mobility scooter so you can anticipate problem areas such as high curbs, rocky terrain and areas with high bicycle traffic.

  18. That’s right – It is safer, at least in the USA, to drive on the right side even when on sidewalks.

  19. Horn – Only use your horn when it is absolutely necessary. But use it when needed.

If you are shopping for a mobility scooter, power wheelchair, lifts, ramps, lift chairs and mobility aids please visit ScooterDirect.com, your source for all mobility products. And be sure to be safe!

 

Recreational Wheelchair Buying Guide

If you’re an outdoor enthusiast you can find a wheelchair that is specially designed to allow you to comfortably enjoy a range of recreational activities.  At trusted online mobility retail sites such as Scooter Direct you can find a variety of wheelchairs you can use on the beach or poolside that lightweight, rust-resistant and built to easily traverse different terrains.

The Hippocampe All Terrain Wheelchair features a super light construction and will float in the water. It also contains no parts that will rust after exposure to the elements. And its double wide wheels will propel you across sandy beaches or gravel. The Hippocampe All Terrain Wheelchair has a weight capacity of 242 pounds. Easy to fold and convenient to transport, this outstanding wheelchair offers stability, comfort and durability.

Among the most innovatively designed mobility products on the market, the Rolleez Beach Wheelchair comes with a 6-foot umbrella so you relax in the sunshine without getting burned, and 4-foot high floating wheels with non-corrosive nylon bearings. This durable, lightweight wheelchair is a snap to disassemble into only two pieces, making it easy to take with you on your travels. Perfect for the beach, snow parks, campgrounds and sporting events, the Rolleez Beach Wheelchair moves smoothly over a variety of terrains and has a weight capacity of 250 pounds.

If you’re an avid swimmer, you’ll love the Hippocampe Swimming Pool Wheelchair. This sturdy chair weighs only 29 pounds and has been specially designed for maximum water-resistance and will become your indispensable poolside aid. Equipped with a front directional wheel and a hydrophobe foam (closed cells) seat that minimizes water absorption, this outstanding recreational wheelchair offers optimum comfort. Other features include a comfortable fiberglass covered footrest, anodized aluminum tubing chassis that prevents the chair from overheating, and rust-proof technology.

For the most complete selection of brand name mobility products including beach wheelchairs, power wheelchairs, scooters, lifts, ramps and walking aids please visit ScooterDirect.com.

Choosing the Best Mobility Lift

Matching your vehicle with the options of mobility devices is easy with the Scooter Direct Compatibility Calculator. But selecting the right auto lift to fit your needs also depends on your physical capabilities.  Below is an explanation to help you understand the physical requirements of the different lifts.

If more than one lift category will work for you, compare the ease of various types of lifts.  In general, Outside Lifts are the easiest and require the least amount of physical labor to load and unload.  Hybrid Lifts are the middle of the road choice and Inside lifts typically require the most strength and dexterity.

Here are the Physical Requirements you should consider:

ALL Lift users must be able to:

  • Walk from front to rear of the vehicle and back
  • Stand for two to three minutes while the lift operates

Outside Vehicle Lift users must also be able to:

Hybrid Auto Lift users must also be able to:

  • Drive or push the mobility device on and off the platform
  • Hold down a button on the hand control while the vehicle lift operates
  • Fold the seat back of the mobility device or scooter till for its most compact position
  • For Retractor Straps, lean over and pull strap end to connect hook to mobility device.
  • Twist knob to increase tension and tighten straps
  • For Dock and Lock units.  Drive onto platform.  Verify green light is illuminated.  Drive off in reverse to unload.
  • Sample Lifts: Harmar AL600, Pride Backpacker lift

Inside Auto Lift users must also be able to:

  • Attach docking device to mobility device: May require bending or kneeling with adequate hand dexterity, balance and strength
  • Fold the seat back of the mobility chair or the scooter tiller to its most compact position
  • Apply pressure to hold button on hand-held control while lift operates
  • Guide the mobility device to avoid interference while raising, rotating, and entering the vehicle through a complete lift cycle.
  • Sample Lifts: Harmar AL225, Harmar AL425, Pride Silverboom 250

Choosing the right Scooter Lift or Power wheelchair lift is as important as choosing the right scooter or power wheelchair.  Choosing the wrong one can impact your willingness to take a trip due to the difficulty of using the lift.

Let Scooter Direct assist you with this selection and you will be sure to get the best vehicle lift for the best price available.  See our full selection at www.ScooterDirect.com

Mobility Products for People Who Have Had Bariatric Procedures

If you’ve had a bariatric procedure to lose weight, it takes time to reach your ideal body size.  Meantime, if you have problems getting around you’ll need to shop for mobility products that are built to accommodate people who might weigh over 350 pounds. At ScooterDirect.com, an online store that specializes in mobility aids, you can find a complete selection of wheelchairspower chairs, walkers, mobility scooters and home care products. In fact, ScooterDirect.com features a special bariatric category stocked with heavy-duty equipment designed to make life easier and more comfortable for patients and their caregivers.

Following is a list of products designed for people who weigh 350 pounds or more, along with hints on what to look for when making your purchases:

Wheelchairs – Look for steel constructed wheelchairs durably designed to accommodate you comfortably. These wheelchairs should have extra wide seating. Weight specifications will be listed in the product description and accompanying literature.

Power chairsHeavy duty power chairs boast extra support, electric motors optimized to bear larger load weights and extra-wide seats.  The Pacesaver Scout Boss 4-5 Heavy Duty Model is especially comfortable with its luxurious contoured Com-For-Back seat.

Walking aids – Bariatric walking aids include steel crutches designed to support someone who weighs more than 500 pounds, and solidly built walkers such as the Go Lite Oversized Steel Rollator Model 10215BL-1 / 10215RD-1, designed for people who weigh as much as 400 pounds and the Bariatic Safety Roller Model CE 1000 XL built for people who weigh 500 pounds.

Bariatic Safety Roller
Bariatic Safety Roller Model CE 1000 XL

Mobility Scooters – High weight-bearing scooters include powerful machines that can carry 400 to 500 pounds. The Prowler Heavy Duty Power Scooter comes with all the bells and whistles including 500 lbs. weight capacity, front and rear wheel suspension, and reclining, foldable 360° swivel Captain′s Chair with headrest. It even comes with a safety package that features lights, horn, turn signals, mirrors and hand brake.  Homecare Products – ScooterDirect.com features an extra wide and tall portable toilet seat with legs.  Built to withstand as much as 600 pounds, the Extra Wide Tall Etta Elevated Toilet Seat with Legs and comes with Madda-Comfort Armrests for additional comfort.

Prowler Heavy Duty

Prowler Heavy Duty Power Scooter

To order the bariatric product you need for maximum comfort and mobility visit ScooterDirect.com where you will find the best deals from top manufacturers including Ableware, Drive Medical, ActiveCare Medical, Pride Mobility Products, and Shoprider Mobility.

Mobility Scooter Maintenance Tips

It’s not difficult to keep your mobility scooter in tip-top running condition because the majority run on sealed gel batteries, you won’t have to worry about leakage, while high-quality charging systems prolong battery life. Built-in safety devices are designed to keep you injury free.  Mobility scooters utilize solid-state electronic controls for acceleration and braking purposes.  Safety devices incorporated into today’s mobility scooters help to protect the operator from injury. Other than adjustments to the seat, tiller handle and arm rests (for comfort purposes), adjustment is limited. Nonetheless, all of the scooter’s components require periodic inspection and maintenance to maintain the scooter in a safe and dependable state.

Following is a simple maintenance checklist:

1. Before you use your mobility scooter, read your manual thoroughly. The instruction manual will have great maintenance tips.

2. Before you get on your scooter, check your ignition to make sure it starts.

3. Once your scooter is started, try your horn and indicator lights to be certain they are sure your horn and indicator lights are working properly. If they are not, your battery may be weakening.

4. Check your seat and arm rest to make sure they are secure. Tighten if necessary.

5. Follow the manufacturer’s battery maintenance schedule so you will know how to properly charge your batteries and how often to charge them.

6. Clean your scooter daily. A damp cloth will remove most dust and smudges.

7. Check your tires frequently to make sure they have the proper air pressure or are not worn. Small, inflatable tires tend to lose pressure easily.

8. Keep your scooter dry. Do not drive it through puddles or wet lawns. Even routine household moisture can rust your scooter. Most importantly, keep it out of the rain; cover the scooter if it is necessary to leave it outside.

9. Take your scooter to a repair shop for regular maintenance and safety inspections. A qualified maintenance shop can check your belts, make sure your motor is operating property and keep your machine lubricated if you are unable to do so yourself.

Proper care and maintenance will keep your mobility scooter running safely. After all, it’s one of the most valuable and necessary products you own – it makes sense to make sure your scooter is working properly at all times.

Shopping for a mobility scooter?

Visit ScooterDirect.com, America’s Largest Mobility Store where you will find great deals on mobility scooters, wheelchairs, power chairs, scooter lifts and ramps, walking aids, and mobility accessories.

Zipr Roo 3 Wheel Scooter

Looking For The Best Discount Mobility Scooter?

You need a mobility scooter but you’re on a budget which means you are shopping for the best mobility scooter at a discounted price.  Price is important but before you buy, take advantage of our years of experience servicing customers that bought a scooter without this information and ended up paying more than they wanted.

 

Used Mobility Scooters – We receive calls from people who just purchased a used scooter.  The scooter is not working and they want assistance getting it working.  The first question we ask is “what model scooter do you have?” and the answer, all too often, is “I don’t know but it’s red”.   Don’t buy a scooter if you do not know the model, even if it looks like-new, there are too many unknowns.  The scooter you bought could also be a discontinued model and parts may no longer be available which means you have lost your total investment.  Also, used scooters almost always need new batteries which can run between $100 and $600 depending on the scooter. Second most often issue is the charger is missing or broken which will cost between $99 and $350 to replace.

Discount Scooter Models – When shopping for a low-priced mobility scooter you should consider factors other than just the initial purchase price.  If you consider price only, you may buy a scooter from a disreputable vendor or a manufacturer that cuts so many corners the scooter is one bump away from being a big paperweight.  Also consider if parts are going to be available in the future; is anyone in your zip code qualified to work on the scooter; what is the warranty, and how do you get parts under warranty.

Best Name-Brand Discount Mobility Scooter Models – Below are a few products that have a good reputation, good warranty and are also low priced options for the budget conscious.

Manufacturer and Model

Weight Capacity

Warranty

Price

Zipr Roo Scooter – 3 wheel

250

1 Year Parts Only

$589

Pride Go Go ES 2, 3 Wheel

250

1 Year Parts and Labor

$749

Lynx L-3 Three Wheel Microportable

300

1 Year Parts Only

$779

Zipr Roo 4 wheel

250

1 Year Parts Only

$669

EV Rider MiniRider

275

1 Year Parts Only

$739

Pride Go Go Ultra X 4 Wheel

260

1 Year Parts and Labor

$879

 

The scooters listed here will give you the assurance of a reliable product, long life, reputable manufacturer, easy availability of parts and will be easy to find a technician to service this model in the event of a malfunction.

Reputable Dealer – Last but not least, you want to consider who you purchase from.  You can almost always find some company on the internet to sell you something cheap but think about the potential consequences.  If there is a problem with the delivery such as damage or the wrong color, or if the scooter stops working the week after delivery, you want to make sure that when you call for support, someone on the other end will be there and be interested in making it right.  Check the dealer out before buying, for example check their Better Business Bureau rating.

ScooterDirect.com is an A+ rated company that helped thousands improve their independence using electric mobility scooters, power chairs, mobility lifts, wheelchairs and lift chairs.  We know you will be pleased with the exceptional service we offer.

GO GO ELITE TRAVELLER PLUS 3 Wheel

GO GO ELITE TRAVELLER

Choosing the Lift Chair that Fits Your Needs AND Your Home Décor

While wheelchairs, walkers and power chairs are functional rather than fashionable, lift chairs can fit right in with your color scheme. Designed for people who have trouble rising from a seated position, a lift chair gradually lifts you to a standing position and eases you back into the chair. Lift chairs are designed for individuals who find it difficult to sit or rise from an ordinary chair. Unlike wheelchairs, which are moved frequently from place to place, lift chairs become part of your home décor. Because they typically plug into a wall outlet, they often are situated in the same location. In fact, lift chairs make such a dramatic difference in people’s lives, your lift chair will quickly become your favorite piece of furniture.

Fortunately, ScooterDirect.com carries a wide assortment of lift chairs in attractive colors and fabrics from top manufacturers including Golden Technologies and Pride Mobility. Choosing just right fit for you and your home is just a click away. Consequently, you or your caregiver will be able to choose a lift chair that will fit right in with your home’s color schemes and design. It’s important to note that you can’t just select a lift care without considering the height of the disabled person, along with his or her weight, and whether he or she would be more comfortable in a chair with arms or without. Making your selection in consultation with an experienced caregiver or your healthcare provider might be your easiest option, although most buyers conduct their own research.

What to Look for in a Lift Chair

You shouldn’t have to worry whether your lift chair will carry your weight because most can hold at least 325 pounds. However, the height of the disabled person is an important consideration when selecting the seat depth of a chair. If the disabled person is incontinent a vinyl surface is a good idea. Zero Gravity chairs are designed to relieve neck and back pain by allowing you to rise from a reclining position. These special lift chairs were designed by NASA scientists to relieve back and neck pain in. If style matters to you nearly as much as comfort, you will find the lift chair that fits your needs. For more information on lift chairs visit ScooterDirect.com.

Pride LC-525 Zero-Gravity Position

Pride LC-525 Zero-Gravity Position

Highest Weight Capacity Portable Scooter on The Market

UPDATE –  THIS SCOOTER WAS DISCONTINUED AND REPLACED WITH THE GO GO SPORT 3 WHEEL – http://www.scooterdirect.com/pride-go-go-sport-3-wheel.html

 

Scooter Direct offers the Highest Weight Capacity Portable Scooter on the market.

Highest Weight Capacity Portable Scooter on the market
Tampa, FL – Scooter Direct offers the Pride Go Go Elite Traveller Plus Heavy Duty which was designed to bring travel scooters to a greater range of people than ever before.  This GoGo offers an increase in length, width, and a weight capacity of 325 lbs.

The Go Go Elite Traveller Plus Heavy Duty is the perfect combination of a heavy duty power scooter and a portable travel scooter.  This mobility scooter allows both the larger individual and those with limited dexterity to experience the benefits of a travel specific mobility product for the first time. Feather-touch disassembly makes the Pride Go Go Elite Traveller Plus the easiest travel scooter to take along anywhere

Travel scooters, such as the Pride GoGo, can be lifted as one piece or can be disassembled into lightweight pieces and easily loaded in a car or airplane. When disassembled, the Pride Go Go has a heaviest piece of only 32.5 pounds for the three wheel scooter or 35 pounds for the 4 wheel scooter.

Pride SC53HD Features:

  • 3 and 4 wheel models available
  • Delta tiller with wraparound handles
  • 325 lbs. Weight capacity
  • Standard 17AH battery pack
  • 9″ rear wheels
  • Speed up to 4.5 mph
  • Auto-latching lockup mechanism permits simple frame separation with only one hand
  • Auto-connecting front rear cable
  • Includes 3 sets of easily changeable colored panels in 3 exciting colors: Red, Blue, and Silver

Scooter Direct carries a wide variety of Travel Power Wheelchairs, scooters and other mobility products to help you get mobile.  For more information on this scooter:

http://scooterdirect.com/GoGoEliteTravellerPlusHEAVYDUTY3Wheeldetails528~cPath=1_15&.htm

Scooter Direct has helped thousands improve their independence using electric mobility scooters, power chairs, mobility lifts, wheelchairs and lift chairs.  We know you will be pleased with our exceptional service.

Scooter Direct, LLC

11431 Challenger Ave
Odessa, FL 33556

(800) 987-6791

info@scooterdirect.com

http://www.ScooterDirect.com

 

 

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Lightweight Power Wheelchairs for Easy Travel Pride – Go Chair

Scooter Direct introduces the Pride Go-Chair Lightweight Power Wheelchairs for easy travel.

Lightweight Power Wheelchairs for Easy Travel Pride Go

Scooter Direct offers the Pride Mobility Go Chair for persons needing a motorized wheelchair with the ability to pack their wheelchair frequently use away from home.

A heavy power scooter or power-base wheelchair requires a lift or multiple people to load into a large vehicle. You could use a folding manual wheelchair or a transport wheelchair which give you lightweight and convenience but you often need assistance from others which affects your independence.  To address these concerns, Scooter Direct offers a variety of lightweight travel wheelchairs and power wheelchairs.

Travel power wheelchairs, such as the Pride Go Chair, can be lifted as one piece or can be disassembled into lightweight pieces and easily loaded in a car or airplane. When disassembled, the Pride Go Chair’s heaviest piece is only 31 pounds.

Pride Go Chair Features:

  • Heaviest part is 36.5 pounds and a total weight of only 110 pounds
  • Carrying Capacity of 250 pounds
  • At 18.5” it is narrow enough for Cruise Ship doorways
  • Top Speed of 3.5 mph
  • Turning Radius of 22.5”

Scooter Direct carries a wide variety of Travel Power Wheelchairs, scooters and other mobility products to help you get mobile.  More information:

http://www.scooterdirect.com/pride-go-chair.html

Scooter Direct has helped thousands improve their independence using electric mobility scooters, power chairs, mobility lifts, wheelchairs and lift chairs.  We know you will be pleased with our exceptional service.

Scooter Direct, LLC

11431 Challenger Ave
Odessa, FL 33556

(800) 987-6791

info@scooterdirect.com

http://www.ScooterDirect.com

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