Millions of people around the world have mobility impairments that prevent them from leading a happy and fulfilling life. For people with mobility issues, performing their daily routine can prove to be an uphill struggle. Many people become reliant on their caregivers and can’t imagine their life without them.
Mobility devices, including mobility scootersand power wheelchairs, are designed to help people lead an independent life. They come loaded with a wide range of safety, comfort, and convenience features that make every ride enjoyable, safe, and convenient.
Mobility devices are machines, like every other machine, they can develop problems over time. There are several reasons why mobility devices develop performance and other issues ranging from lack of maintenance to improper use.
When their mobility device runs into a problem and starts acting up or stops working, many users wonder if they should repair or replace it. If you too are facing the dilemma, you have come to the right place.
Here are some factors to consider when deciding if your mobility equipment can be repaired or if it needs to be replaced.
Your mobility device isn’t designed to last a lifetime. Like every other machine, mobility devices have a service life. If your mobility aid is on its last leg, it might not be possible to repair it.
If you continue using your mobility device, it will keep running into problems frequently, leaving you high and dry and you may end up spending more money on frequent repairs than you would have if you replaced it in a timely manner. Some features, including the safety features, might not work well.
How long your mobility device will last will depend on a number of factors including how frequently you use it, how you use it, and if you maintain it properly.
Availability of Replacement Parts
If you have an old model that has been discontinued, you might struggle to find replacement parts for your mobility device. If you use alternative parts, they might not work as well as the original parts and your mobility device may run into problems or may stop working. If you have a current model that is still in production, it makes more sense to repair it.
Improve Your Riding Experience
Older models do not have several comfort, convenience and safety features that newer models boast. If you have an older model and want to drastically improve ride quality, it makes more sense to replace your mobility device than to repair it.
Newer models come loaded with a range of features. For example, many models are foldable and can be easily transported. If you have an old wheelchair, power chair, or mobility scooter, consider the convenience offered by newer options when making a decision.
Replacement Parts are too Expensive
If you feel the ride quality of your mobility device has deteriorated or you are noticing a performance slump, have an expert inspect your mobility device. If it has too many parts that need to be repaired or need to be repaired in the future or are on their last legs, start looking for a replacement.
Your Mobility Device Needs Frequent Repairs
Mobility devices that need frequent repairs are unreliable. If this is the case, consider replacing your mobility device to a more reliable model that provides you with greater peace of mind.
You should seriously consider replacing your mobility device if
➢Its battery needs to be replaced frequently
➢Chronic issues with the motor
➢You have to work really hard to steer it in your desired direction
➢Weird noises and unusual smells
Tips to Maintain Your Mobility Device
Whether you have a mobility scooter or a power chair, make routine maintenance a priority. Periodic maintenance minimizes issues, adding years to your mobility device’s useful life. Well maintained mobility devices are more reliable than the poorly maintained ones and are less likely to break down unexpectedly.
Here are some ways to maintain your mobility device
Take Good Care of Your Battery
Batteries are one of the most important components of your mobility device. A malfunctioning battery can bring your mobility device to a standstill. Keep new batteries fully charged and try to only drain them 30% the first week.
Avoid depleting old batteries by over 80%. When storing batteries, keep them in a cool, dry place. Even if you intend to store your battery for a long period, charge it each week.
Have a Technician Service it Annually
We cannot emphasize enough the importance of periodic professional maintenance. Have a technician service your mobility device each year. During a maintenance session, the technician will check different components to see if they’re working properly. They will treat current problems and take steps to prevent potential issues from occurring.
Clean Your Mobility Device
Over time, different components of your mobility device can accumulate dirt and dust, affecting overall performance. To prevent problems, wash off tires after returning home from a ride. Deep clean your mobility device weekly or monthly. Do not let your device sit outdoors in a damp area when you’re not using it.
Overwhelmed by too many options and cannot decide which type of mobility device would fit your needs? Mobility Masters can help. We have a range of mobility devices by leading manufacturers and love aligning customers with their perfect mobility aid. To learn more, call (800) 936-7006.