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Mobility scooter

GemstrGemstr Member Posts: 20 Courageous
I have cerebral palsy and have had my mobility scooter for 6 years. It’s started to tip over and I no longer feel safe on it. Just wondered if anyone had mobility scooter companies They had used that  I could research and also any idea of how you recycle old mobility scooters 

Thanks 


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  • janer1967janer1967 Community champion Posts: 4,568 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi and welcome to the community glad you have joined us

    I would get in touch with a mobility specialist in your area who will be able to assess and recommend the best scooter for you and may also take the old one in part exchange

    Good luck and keep us updated
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Administrator Posts: 10,581 Scope community team

    Hi @Gemstr, how are you doing?

    If you have an occupational therapist or physiotherapist, ask them for advice on what you need and what products are available. 

    Please check out this link on working with your occupational therapist to find the best equipment for your needs 

    Working with your occupational therapist 

    Look for online discussions about what other people with similar conditions use, such as:

    • relevant Facebook groups
    • AskSara, a website that provides online advice about buying disability equipment 

    Think about how you plan to get the equipment you need and how to pay for it and what to consider before ordering it. 

    The links below have good tips on what to look out for:

    When you’ve decided what equipment you want, and how you will get it, focus on researching the product. 

    • Look for reviews online.
    • Go to the manufacturer’s website to get information on the equipment. 
    • Watch out for any product recalls or warnings. 
    • Find out if you can trial the product to see if it’s right for you.

    Reviews are not professional advice

    Advice on communities, forums, customer reviews and social media are often based on one person’s experience. Finding more reviews may help you to understand how people feel about equipment, but reviews are not professional advice. 

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  • Tori_ScopeTori_Scope Administrator Posts: 1,277 Pioneering
    Hi @Gemstr! Have you had a chance to take a look at the links that Chloe sent you? 
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  • GemstrGemstr Member Posts: 20 Courageous
    Hi @Chloe_Scope thank you so much for the information, apologies for my late reply I have not had access to my emails . I have not got an occupational therapist I have tried to get one previously but was told there was a waiting list and never pursued it further. I was discharged from the physiotherapist when I left school and haven’t seen one since I do have a NHS Wheelchair but it’s about 12 years old and difficult for me to propel on my own. So have been using my scooter. I will be sure to check out the links you attached, many thanks I appreciate your reply
  • GemstrGemstr Member Posts: 20 Courageous
    Hi @janer1967 thank you for your reply I am hopefully going to visit soMe mobility specialists in my are  next week to gain some insights, I had never thought about  the possibility of part exchanging my old scooter thank you for you input. I will also bear in mind the links Chloe included before making any decisions 

    thank you again.
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Administrator Posts: 10,581 Scope community team
    Hi @Gemstr, if you feel the NHS wheelchair isn't suitable then you are able to have another assessment. 

    I hope you have a positive time at the mobility specialists. Please do let us know how you get on. :)
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  • Denise11Denise11 Member Posts: 94 Pioneering
    Hello Gemstr 

    I've recently got a new scooter so I looked them up on Amazon and that helped as not only could I see all different types/makes and work out what was best for me, but the outlets were also listed so I 'phone the outlets and a lot of the businesses will come to you.  And if the product wasn't good for you there is no pressure to buy!  It's best to have someone with you when they come out though!


  • Tori_ScopeTori_Scope Administrator Posts: 1,277 Pioneering
    Thank you for the extra insight @Denise11 :) I'm glad you had a good experience! I hope the new scooter is good
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  • Denise11Denise11 Member Posts: 94 Pioneering
    Hi Tori.  Yes, it's great thanks.  I nearly brought 1 online, but my nephew to see it and we both could see that for me it would have been totally wrong, as the seat was so tall I couldn't even put my feet on the board and had to sit on the edge of the seat to reach the handle bars, so it's best to try a few different ones.  Denise11
  • Ross_ScopeRoss_Scope Administrator Posts: 790 Pioneering
    Definitely sounds like you've made the right decision @Denise11, I'm glad it's great :) 

    It is always better to try before you buy, especially with such an important purchase like this one.
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  • Tori_ScopeTori_Scope Administrator Posts: 1,277 Pioneering
    Very sensible @Denise11, and I'm also glad that it's great :)
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  • GemstrGemstr Member Posts: 20 Courageous
    Thanks @Denise11 for the tip I will be sure to check out Amazon. Like you say it’s best to check out the scooter in person as each one is different. I have not had chance to go out and look as yet but thankyou everyone for your input and insights and @Chloe_Scope i will  be sure to let you know how I get on at the mobility specialists, thanks again everyone.
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