Mobility equipment, from scooters to stair lifts, can be a big investment. While your improved independence and safety is no doubt worth every penny, it can be difficult to know whether it’s wiser to buy or rent equipment.
At Hampton Roads Mobility, we serve customers with a wide range of mobility needs. We can help you make informed decisions about your purchases, but encourage you to ask yourself these questions before your visit to us:
Do I need the Equipment Long Term or just for Recovery?
Some of our clients need equipment because they want to be safer as they age. They’ll use the equipment for many years because it helps them stay safe and independent at home. For these clients, buying equipment makes sense as an investment in their home and in their future.
But other times, our clients are recovering from surgery or injuries. They only need equipment as part of their rehabilitation, while they perform physical therapy and rebuild strength. For these clients, we suggest considering rental options that may end up saving you money. If you are unsure how long your recovery will be, you should speak to your physicians or physical therapists about what you can expect.
Is the equipment for you or a visitor?
Some of our clients choose to rent equipment because a family member is staying with them for a short period of time, perhaps during the holidays. Beachgoers also rent equipment for their summer rental homes so they can enjoy vacation without worrying about their mobility needs.
If the mobility equipment is not for the owner of the home, we suggest you rent equipment instead. If you own the home, however, mobility equipment like wheelchair ramps or zero-entry showers may be a good investment in your property.
If you want a wheelchair ramp that fits with the design of your home or a walk-in tub that fits your bathroom perfectly, purchasing equipment is the correct way to go. More permanent equipment can be carefully designed and installed to fit your home exactly.
Rental equipment, however, is more often one-size-fits-all. While it will meet your mobility needs, it may not be as pleasing to the eye as brand new, purchased equipment.