Make getting out and about easier with a Scooter or Powered Wheelchair
Scooters and powered wheelchairs are a great way to make getting out and about easier. We spoke to the Motability Scheme about how to choose the right one for you.
The Motability Scheme is the UK’s leading scooter, powered wheelchair and car leasing scheme for disabled people. Currently over 600,000 customers are out and about enjoying a worry-free leasing package designed with disabled customers in mind.
You can lease a scooter or powered wheelchair through the Motability Scheme using your weekly higher rate mobility allowance from Disability Living Allowance, Personal Independence Payment, War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement or Armed Forces Independence Payment. Most products cost less than the weekly allowance so you will continue to receive the remainder directly from the Department for Work and Pensions or Veterans UK to spend however you choose.
When choosing a scooter or powered wheelchair, it’s important to get something that suits your lifestyle and needs. With the Motability Scheme you have over 300 products to choose from, here are some of the most important things to consider:
Your typical journey
Consider where you will use your scooter or powered wheelchair. The turning circle and how it moves will vary from model to model, so if you’ll be using the scooter in shops or around your home, you’ll need to bear this in mind.
Enjoying a smooth ride
Think about the types of surface you usually travel on as some products come with solid tyres and others are air-filled. If you often travel on bumpy surfaces we would recommend air-filled tyres.
Feeling at ease and in control
However long your average trips are, you will want to be comfortable and feel totally in control of the scooter or powered wheelchair. So, check that the steering column or ‘tiller’ is in easy reach and if not, ask the dealer if it can be adjusted.
Comfort for longer trips
If you are going to use your product regularly, or for longer trips, think about how far it can travel on a fully charged battery and also how comfortable the seat is. If there are steep hills that you regularly need to travel up, you may need extra power, especially if you’re carrying shopping.
Carrying your product in your car
Many smaller scooters can be dismantled into parts or folded for easy transportation, be sure to try this out and make sure that you, or someone who regularly travels with you, knows how to do this and are able to lift the parts into and out of your car. If you need a powered wheelchair, check with your dealer that it is suitable to be transported in a car as some powered wheelchairs cannot be dismantled.
The all-important test drive
Especially important if it’s your first time trying out a powered wheelchair or scooter. Our dealers will help you find the right product for your needs and ensure you get a comprehensive test drive before ordering
Complete peace of mind
All Motability Scheme customers also receive our all-inclusive ‘worry-free’ package when leasing a scooter or powered wheelchair. It includes insurance, breakdown recovery and battery and tyre replacement to ensure peace of mind. Service and maintenance is also included with annual service and warranty repairs, and if your scooter or powered wheelchair is out of action for more than 48 hours, a temporary replacement will be provided to keep you mobile.
The Motability Scheme provides affordable, convenient and worry-free options for people who receive the Higher Rate Mobility Component of the Disability Living Allowance, Enhanced Rate of the Mobility Component of Personal Independence Payment, War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement or Armed Forces Independence Payment. To join the Scheme, you simply transfer part or all of your mobility allowance to Motability Operations Ltd to lease a car, scooter or powered wheelchair.
To find out more about leasing a scooter or powered wheelchair through the Motability Scheme, visit www.motability.co.uk