As we get older, we often grow less and less mobile and find it difficult to move around. It can be particularly sad to see a formerly active parent or spouse struggling to keep up with social outings and daily activities. For seniors who otherwise wouldn’t be able to get around without assistance, a mobility scooter might be the ideal solution. It is one of the most popular mobility aids today. If you experience trouble walking for too long, suffer from constant joint pain or have difficulty managing crutches, a cane or a walker, a mobility scooter may be exactly what you need.
The market is filled with many scooters with different features to address the needs of seniors. Popular brands include Golden Technologies, Go-Go, Pride Mobility, Invacare and Drive Medical. Each manufacturer of mobility scooters offers a variety of details that can help seniors achieve their independence back. Many seniors have confessed that thanks to their new-found increased mobility, they can do much more than they have in years.
Along with a mobility scooter, you may be required to purchase accessories to make moving and using your scooter a breeze. Most mobility scooters come equipped with a basic rear/under-seat carry baskets, which definitely comes in handy when you’re out on the go or running errands. There are a number of other accessories you can use to spice up your mobility scooter to make your experience even smoother and safer. Think holders of all types for cups, phones, oxygen tanks and canes, control panel covers, storage covers, ramps, all-weather canopies, oxygen tank carriers, rear view mirrors, safety packages, reflective mesh gilets, additional batteries, and much more.
This article will break down 5 must-have accessories for your mobility scooter.
When it comes to a rainy season or the summer heat, you may decide to stay indoors instead of taking a stroll or shopping for groceries. This may be probably because you haven’t heard of the ScooterPac Universal Fold-Away Mobility Scooter Canopy. Now easier to install, this canopy features zipper windows and events for ultimate comfort all year. With this new all-weather enclosure, no weather can stop you. It supports maximum wind speed of 60 mph when traveling in your scooter outdoors. The cover and canopy materials are waterproof nylon to protect you from the elements and ensure that you stay comfortable while riding wherever you go. Measuring 24.8” by 32.7”, you can easily fold the canopy after use for storage or transportation. It offers universal fit on most Challenger, Ewheels, Golden Technologies, Pride, Merits and Drive Scooters with an accessory hitch on the back. Before you purchase, ask about fit for your mobility scooter.
Having somewhere you can store vital items you may need for your destination is essential. Whether it is your medication, your wallet or a snack, you now have a place to store them. This top-selling rear basket accessory made of heavy duty metal is designed for most Golden, Drive, Pride and Merits mobility scooters. Besides grocery bags, you can also use this 10.25” by 9.75” rear basket to carry an oxygen tank. It conveniently attaches to the universal accessory holder found on the back of Pride scooters including the Go-Go, Pursuit XL, Celebrity X, Victory, Hurricane, Maxima, Pursuit, Legend, Rally and Wrangler. On purchase, you will receive safety reflectors for better visibility and a holding pin.
If you’re in the market for an economical alternative to a steel tank holder that securely attaches your oxygen tank to your mobility scooter, look no further than the AdirMed Oxygen tank bag. To avoid interference with the head and back, the bag positions the tank off-center. The tank bag is manufactured from heavy-duty, water-resistant 420D polyester fabric to give you years of happy usage. The long-lasting quality nylon is also easy to clean. The tank bag features adjustable straps that loop over the headrest and accommodates most mobility scooters. It fits D, E oxygen tanks and smaller tanks.
If you own an electric mobility scooter, you will need to charge it every now and then. The ACI Super Power Battery Charger is an automatic, 3-stage battery charger designed to properly charge SLA, VRLA, AGM AND Gel Cell lead-acid batteries. It is compatible with most electric scooters including Pride Mobility, Shoprider, Golden Technologies, ActiveCare, Currie, Pacesaver and Schwinn. Thanks to the optimized algorithm that makes sure your scooter battery gets optimum charging through its accurate 3-stage charge cycle, the charger provides a safe, fast and complete charge. For extra protection, the charger is equipped with thermal overload protection, short circuit protection and multiple reverse polarity protection. You no longer have to worry about the risks of over-charging and battery damage. The dual LED indicators will show you battery condition and charging status.
Most scooters lack an option for cup holders. With this cup holder, you can spend your morning the right way, moving around the neighborhood and having your mug of coffee or bottle of water next to you. If you want to experience the convenience of having your drinks within easy access, this Universal Cup Holder by Medline is the perfect adjustable drink holder for your mobility scooter. Most cup holders are not adjustable to various tube sizes and don’t clamp tightly to the armrests. This cup holder attaches to most scooters and the universal adjustable secure fit holds different size cups, drinks or other small necessities nearby. This means that you can be confident that your preferred beverage is always within reach.
PRO TIP: When shopping for accessories, check that the accessory you’ve chosen is compatible with your mobility scooter. It’s also vital that you know how your chosen accessory attaches to your scooter
Maybe driving your mobility scooter around for extended periods of time can get boring. If you rely on a mobility scooter in your everyday life, accessories are fantastic additions that personalize and add convenience. They ensure that you have a comfortable ride every time. With all the options to accessorize your mobility scooter listed above, you’ll begin to see a big difference. Whether you’ve always needed a place to hold your drink, more storage or something to protect you against harsh weather, now you have a solution!