The Autonomy of the ScooterBy Stogner, Jodie; Rehab Management,
Publication Date: April 2009
Article discusses the suitability of a scooter for people with mobility disabilities. The anatomy of the scooter is outlined, including (1) platform sizes, varying turning radii, and three- and four-wheel options; (2) the transaxle housing the mechanical components propelling the device and its relation to the platform in terms of defining the weight capacity of the scooter and its performance over varied terrain; and (3) the tiller, which includes a console providing information such as battery charge status and access to accessories such as lights and horns, as well as the throttle lever controlling forward and reverse motion. Variables to consider when choosing a scooter include the size and weight of the user, the environment in which the scooter will be operated, and any physical impairments such as joint pain, low vision, or abnormal tonal responses that would prevent the user from operating the device. Also taken into consideration should be the level of reimbursement Medicare would provide, as well as funding issues such as durability of the scooter and the need for it lasting at least 5 years under the patient’s Medicare benefits. Finally, the ability of the user or a caregiver to dissemble and transport the scooter is discussed.
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