Mobility Scooters Near Me
Whether your mobility has been restricted by a disability, injury or natural ageing, a mobility scooter could give you a new lease on life.
If you've never owned a mobility scooter before, you'll naturally want to know as much as you can about how they work, what your options are and whether they're right for you.
Motobility is a trusted supplier of mobility scooters in Perth, Fremantle, Joondalup, Mandurah, Rockingham and throughout regional Western Australia. Visit our store in Osborne Park or call our friendly team on 08 9242 7333 so we can answer all of your questions and help you find the right mobility scooter for your needs.
What is a mobility scooter?
Electric mobility scooters are personal vehicles that enable people with limited mobility to move freely and independently. They run on batteries and are controlled by the driver from a seated position.
Depending on the type and model of scooter, they may have between three and five wheels and a range of features and accessories.
What's the difference between a mobility scooter vs wheelchair?
Scooters and wheelchairs are both types of mobility aids and therapeutic devices that support independent movement, but there are notable differences.
Wheelchairs are primarily used indoors or for short-distance travel, whereas scooters can travel longer distances and serve as vehicles. Scooters may also not be able to access all places a wheelchair can.
Talking to your care professional or our mobility experts in Perth could help you to decide whether a scooter or wheelchair is the best choice for you.
Who can use a mobility scooter?
Like wheelchairs, mobility scooters are reserved for use by people who have difficulty walking unsupported for any reason, whether it's a disability, injury or a health condition such as arthritis or Parkinson's disease. However, you don't need a prescription or licence to use a mobility scooter.
Your doctor or other care professional may recommend the use of a scooter or other mobility aids if they think you could benefit from them and if you don't have impairments that could make them difficult or dangerous to operate.
To use a mobility scooter safely, you should be able to:
- balance and get in and out of the vehicle yourself
- operate the handlebars and controls
- observe your surroundings and turn your neck
Where can I use a mobility scooter near me?
Most mobility scooters are suitable for indoor and outdoor use, but this depends on their size and speed. The distance you can travel depends on the size of the battery and your ability to recharge.
Scooters that can reach the speed limit and are equipped with standard safety features may be driven on roads. Scooters may be used inside shopping centres and some other indoor locations, but only when there is suitable access and turning space.
More compact and lightweight scooters may be transported by car or carried on wheelchair-accessible public transport. They are permitted on airlines as long as they have safe lithium batteries.
Is a mobility scooter right for me?
There are good reasons to consider a mobility scooter, but as with any decision concerning your health and wellbeing, it's important to have a balanced overview of the pros and cons as they might relate to your experience.
Advantages of mobility scooters
- Ease of movement – a scooter lets people with restricted mobility go where they want to, without pain or exhaustion.
- Independence – freedom of movement can enable you to complete tasks yourself without relying on others.
- Car alternative – larger mobility scooters can be driven on roads without a driver's licence and are cheaper to maintain than a car.
- Quality of life – a mobility scooter can make it easier to work, socialise, attend events and even go on holiday, helping you to enjoy a full life.
Disadvantages of mobility scooters
- Restrictions – you may not be able to use your scooter in all places where wheelchairs can be used. Larger scooters also need wide spaces for turning.
- Reduced physical activity – if using a mobility scooter means you are getting less exercise, this can impact on your health.
- Accidents – like any vehicle, scooters can have accidents, which is why it's essential that riders are fully instructed in their safe use which the team at Motobility provide.
- Cost – mobility scooters generally cost more than wheelchairs, but you may be eligible for grants or other subsidies that will make them more affordable.
What are the different types of mobility scooters?
If you think a mobility scooter could be the right choice, there are different types of scooters to choose from, depending on how and where you're planning to use it. These include:
- Travel scooters – lightweight mobility scooters that manually or automatically fold for ease of transport with plane-safe lithium batteries. Suitable for users up to 150kg.
- Portable scooters – folding mobility scooters for indoor or outdoor use that can be transported in the boot of a car. Suitable for users up to 200kg.
- Medium scooters – most of the comfort and safety features of a large scooter with a slimmer profile suitable for most doorways and public transport.
- Large scooters – heavy-duty car replacement scooters with larger tyres and advanced suspension capable of handling rougher terrain.
Motobility supplies a complete range of mobility scooters in Perth, Fremantle and regional WA from trusted Australian and international brands, including Kymco, Quingo, Solax and SupaScoota.
How do I choose a mobility scooter that's right for me?
Size isn't the only consideration when choosing a mobility scooter. You should also consider other aspects such as:
- Maximum load – your scooter should comfortably support your own weight and have extra capacity for shopping and other needs
- Battery life – do you plan to travel long distances, or will you be able to recharge frequently?
- Indoor, outdoor & travel use – do you need large tyres and suspension, or will you mainly be using your scooter on smooth surfaces?
- Features and accessories – compare the features you want or add scooter accessories to enhance comfort and storage.
Find mobility scooters near me in Perth and WA
If you want to know more or you're ready to take the first step to greater independence, call our mobility experts in Perth on 08 9242 7333 or contact us today. We'll help you to find the ideal mobility solutions for your needs and your price range.
Motobility is based in Osborne Park and we serve all Perth suburbs and surrounding areas, including Fremantle, Mandurah, Rockingham and Joondalup.
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