Mobility equipment can be a big investment into your quality of life. The right equipment can help you become more independent and increase your safety. The wrong equipment can be a hassle.
To choose the mobility equipment that is right for you, ask yourself these questions:
What is my budget?
Your budget for mobility equipment may mean the difference between renting and buying, a scooter or a power wheelchair or a stair lift versus an elevator. Before you begin the purchasing process, always have an idea of what you are willing to spend and if any costs will be covered by your insurance.
What are my current abilities?
Is walking on flat surfaces fine, but taking the stairs is a challenge? A stair lift might be the right choice, but you may not need an electric scooter. Before purchasing mobility equipment, be honest with yourself about your current abilities and safety. You may also talk with your physician or a physical therapist about what mobility equipment might be right for your needs.
What do I want to be able to do?
Now that you have thought about your abilities, what is it that you would like to be able to do safely? If you want to use your electric wheelchair outdoors, you’ll need to make sure it has the right tires and motor. If you want to take a shower without worrying about falls, you’ll need a zero-entry shower with grab bars and a chair.
What are the benefits and limitations of the mobility equipment I am considering?
Every piece of mobility equipment has pros and cons. You should learn as much as you can about the equipment you are considering before you purchase it. You may want to know things like:
- Total cost, including installation if applicable
- Power requirements or battery life
- Any weight restrictions
- How it is used
- Any special features or functions you can add
If possible, you should try out the mobility equipment you want to purchase first. A quality mobility equipment vendor can help you determine which products are right for your goals.
For more help choosing mobility equipment, please contact Hampton Roads Mobility today at (757) 663-5457.