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Mobility scooters

Buying a mobility scooter will open up your world if you struggle to walk around your community. There are many different options, so it's important you know what to look for.

Choosing scooterThe best place to start is to visit (or ask for a visit from) a local supplier of mobility scooters. You can search online or in your yellow pages, but often the best way is to ask around. If you see somebody on the street or in the shops, ask them where they got theirs! You are looking for a supplier who meets the following criteria.

Things to consider before buying a mobility scooter

Mobility scooters are ideal if you are able to walk around your own home but need help to get out and about. If you struggle to walk inside, a wheelchair may be better. The Ministry of Health will often provide this for you (via Enable – ask your GP to refer you). Some people use a wheelchair indoors but a mobility scooter outdoors.

If you have poor vision, memory loss or dementia, a brain and nerve disorder, or another physical health condition, it might not be safe for you to use a mobility scooter. In these cases, you should get an independent assessment by an occupational therapist or physiotherapist before you buy one, to make sure you will be able to use it.

If you think a mobility scooter is right for you consider the following.

Written by Jessie Snowdon (physiotherapist), On the Go Physio, Christchurch. Copyright 2011. Adapted by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed July 2019.

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