Is it a chair or an electric scooter? Perhaps you’ve seen one in your neighborhood or an elderly person who can be at ease moving about her home independently and effortlessly, like riding a scooter while being in her chair. It’s known as Mobility Scooter. It’s likely that you’ve been more fascinated about this kind of vehicle. Let’s take a look…
We should begin by learning more about wheelchairs. They are said to have been in use the 6th century, which is when the first image of a wheelchair was drawn on a stone. In the 16th century, the king Philip II of Spain was already using a chair with arm and leg rests. The 1932 year saw the very first folding tubular wheelchair was designed by Engr. Harry Jennings. This was constructed to help a paraplegic companion, Herbert Everest.
Scooters however originated from motorcycles. The first motorbikes that resembled scooters was manufactured in 1914 or before however they were first issued in 1921. They were initially designed to transport people.
The year was 1968. Allan R. Thieme from Bridgeport, Michigan, invented the first mobility scooter known to mankind known as the Amigo. It was designed to aid an individual in the family who was diagnosed with MS and was suffering from losing mobility. The simple act of kindness for a loved one resulted in a change and began the whole “scooter” industry. Mr. Thieme’s concept of putting power into the manual wheelchair not have a limited impact to his family member as well as the whole disabled community around the world.
Mobility scooters are also referred to as electric scooters, or power operated scooters or vehicles. They are, in the majority of cases employed by people who have restricted mobility. It’s ideal for people with shoulder or arm flexibility problems or who don’t have the endurance to move around for an extended period of time and for those with chronic or entire body disabling issues such as lung or arthritis, cerebral palsy, coronary problems and so on.
The car is designed with mobility and comfort in mind. The foot area typically is flat. The seat, like the manual wheelchair includes arm rests and is mounted over the 2 rear wheels. Certain chairs were designed to move to provide comfort and mobility. The seat also has handlebars on the front that control two wheels that can be steered. The user must have an upright position and enough shoulder and hand strength to operate the tiller’s steering mechanism.
Batteries are the most common energy source for mobility scooters. Modern models are powered by electricity and have rechargeable batteries. Based on the model, some models can travel as long as 40 miles on a single charge. Due to this source of power mobility scooters are able to be used both indoors and out.
There are two kinds that are available for mobility scooters. There is the 3 wheeled mobility scooters, which are designed to fit in tight spaces and offer mobility, they are ideal for indoor use like in malls, homes and even supermarkets. It is also suitable for use in narrow streets. The other is a four-wheeled mobility scooter, which was mostly designed for greater stability and balance to prevent slipping over.
When you are choosing a mobility scooter, it is important to be aware of the different models that are available on the market: There’s”Travel” and “Travel”. It is designed for ease of use and is generally light. “Traditional” mobility scooters are ones that are able to be disassembled, and they can hold the weight of a significant amount. The other type is “Heavy duty”. These are intended for more powerful users. They are quick, durable and rough. Similar to the conventional type they can also be taken apart.