How Much Do Mobility Scooters Cost?

How Much Do Mobility Scooters Cost?

 

How Much Do Mobility Scooters CostIf walking is becoming increasingly difficult, an electric scooter can make a huge difference. These mobility devices are powerful enough to provide access to nearby destinations and nimble enough to navigate inside most buildings, which can make them an invaluable tool for maintaining your independence. If you’re considering the purchase of a mobility scooter, a good first step is to find out how much one costs. Obviously, it will depend on the brand and model you choose, but generally speaking, a new mobility scooter will average between $600 and $2,000. Factors that will influence the price include the number of wheels (three or four), weight capacity, battery range, whether or not it can drive off road, and optional accessories such as ergonomic seating and additional storage.

Financial Assistance

While paying out of pocket for a mobility scooter is always an option, there are several programs geared specifically for the elderly that may be able to provide financial assistance to cover some, most, or all of the cost.

 

  • Medicare will cover the cost of a scooter only if you cannot walk with a cane or walker and do not have the physical strength to operate a manual wheelchair.
  • Medicaid may pay for a mobility scooter. Its eligibility policy mirrors that of Medicare for the most part, but specifics vary from state to state.
  • If you are a veteran, the Veterans Administration may pay for a scooter or provide a grant. Check with your local VA office for more information.
  • There are also state-based and non-profit programs that may help cover some of the costs of a mobility scooter. Search for those who assist with durable medical equipment purchases.

 

Even if you pay for a scooter out of pocket, you should still be able to claim it as a tax deduction. Renting is also an option for those who need a scooter for just a short time, such as a vacation.

 

For those in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, the company to turn to for premium mobility scooters is the Barrier Free Store. Reach out to us today to learn more about the models we sell and rent.

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