A major consideration when obtaining a power mobility device (PMD) is the method of transportation from one place to another. Private transportation is the most frequent method of transporting a scooter or power wheelchair. Many people own a sedan or hatchback style passenger car, the majority of which do not have adequate trunk space to transport a power wheelchair or a scooter unless it is disassembled. There are several requirements to consider when wanting to transport scooters and power wheelchairs.
What's the process for getting Medicare to pay for an electric mobility scooter or power wheelchair? My 76-year-old mother has arthritis in her knees and hips, and has a difficult time getting around anymore.
A scooter or power wheelchair can also be loaded into a private vehicle using a portable ramp. The ramp must be of an adequate length to safely load and unload the device. To determine the appropriate ramp length for safely loading the scooter or power wheelchair you should:
If use of a private vehicle is not available, a second option is to use a wheelchair accessible transportation service. Many larger cities and counties have specially designated buses for individual wheelchair or scooter users to be transported to different locations within the community. These programs are usually designed following accessibility standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act () and Standards for Accessible Guidelines (AG), as revised. Customers must meet specific eligibility criteria established by the city or county that may include: needing the assistance of another person to ride the bus, the inability to use steps to get on/off the bus, the inability to access a bus stop, or the inability to transfer out of a scooter or power wheelchair once on the bus. There are three primary disadvantages to accessible bus programs: