In the US, all rental housing is supposed to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and be accessible to the disabled. However, if you apartment has a narrow gate or if you have stairs leading up to your home, you will need to consider these factors when buying an electric mobility scooter. A mobility scooter won't be much use to you if it cannot fit inside your home or garage for proper storage. All of the mobility scooters in the Really Good eBikes Guide to Choosing a Mobility Scooter are 100% ADA compliant.
Electric mobility scooters can help people with a variety of restrictions on their ability to move independently, thereby gaining an improved level of independence. It is important for you to decide which electric scooter is right for your body type. For example, if you have difficulty with balance, stability will be a high priority for you. Four-wheel scooters offer more stability, and should be your focus. We have several 4-wheel scooters in our Guide to Mobility Scooters.
For other people, getting on and off a mobility scooter might pose a challenge. If you feel you or a loved one might fit into this category, then make sure to pick a scooter with a swivel seat and armrests that can be raised and lowered. Comfort is also an important consideration, so make sure the saddle is nicely padded and ergonomic in design.
Where you plan to use your new mobility scooter will have a major impact on your choice of model. If you are planning on using your scooter mostly inside at home, for example, a tight turning radius and easy maneuverability are going to be your most important considerations. A compact mobility scooter would be a good choice for you. But if you plan to use your mobility scooter outside, on paths and trails, you will want to make sure that the models you consider have all-terrain tires, and are capable of rolling over rough ground. We feature several of these types of heavy duty mobility scooters in our Guide.