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Are Hospital Beds Covered Under Medicare? What You Need to Know

If you’re searching for a hospital bed for you or a loved one, you may wonder about Medicare coverage. While Medicare does cover basic hospital beds for qualifying patients, a specific set of conditions must be met. 

Requirements for a Medicare-approved hospital bed

In order to qualify for a hospital bed under Medicare, you must meet the following requirements.

Have an approved, documented medical condition

Qualifying conditions range from congestive heart failure to breathing problems. Hospital beds are prescribed to individuals who require a head-of-bed angle higher than 30 degrees or sleeping positions that are not possible with a normal bed. 

A signed Medical Necessity Certificate

A participating physician must prescribe a hospital bed based on a documented medical condition, paired with a signed Medical Necessity certificate. Each bed model and add-on comes with additional documentation requirements.

What will Medicare cover?

If the above conditions are met, Medicare will cover 80% of the total cost of the hospital bed for those with Part B enrollment. You’ll still be responsible for a 20% copayment, and Medicare will determine whether you purchase the bed or rent for a 13-month capped rental period.

Your final cost will be based on a variety of factors: type of bed, location, insurance parameters, etc. 

Generally speaking, Medicare will only cover the most basic model of hospital bed to accommodate your needs. Medicare covers the following types of hospital beds: 

  • Manual hospital bed: A fully-manual bed that adjusts by turning a crank. While affordable, these beds produce the most manual strain on caregivers. 
  • Variable height hospital bed: In addition to adjusting the head and foot sections of the bed, patients can smooth transfers by adjusting the overall height of the bedframe.
  • Semi-electric bed: While bed height requires a manual crank, head and foot adjustments are done with a handheld remote.
  • Heavy-duty hospital bed: For bariatric patients who need additional support, patients over 300lbs can qualify for heavy-duty, extra-wide beds. 

If deemed medically necessary, Medicare can cover other items such as bed rails and trapeze bars. 

Be sure to double-check with your doctor, DME supplier, and Medicare to ensure approval throughout the process. Medicare may not pay any claims if the order is not submitted properly.  

Features not covered by Medicare

Here’s the bottom line: if you want to customize your hospital bed to your specific needs and comfort, you’ll want to look outside of Medicare’s basic options. 

Some bed features not covered by Medicare include: 

  • Full-electric beds, completely operated with a handheld remote.
  • Rotating beds for easier transfer
  • Customizable mattress types
  • Ultra-adjustable beds with sectioned mattresses
  • Customizable designs, frames, etc.
  • Additional storage space
  • Integrated weighting space
  • Additional tilting and reclining options
  • Etc. 

Proper sleep is critical for good health, and plays a principal role in injury prevention, memory, reduced cardiovascular risk, mood, and other important health indicators. You shouldn’t settle for the most basic model, but rather select a hospital bed which will best support your health needs and lifestyle. 

The next level: our best-selling hospital beds

Our collection of homecare hospital beds are designed with optimal home-based care in mind.Here are a couple of our best-selling models.

EasyCare® SE Hi-Low Homecare Bed

Built with incredible attention to detail, this fully-electric hospital bed comes with a 4-section mattress support platform. This allows patients individual control over the head, legs, and deck elevation to create hundreds of different positions. 

Hi-low functionality make transfers a breeze, and advanced auto-contour functionality prevents shin shearing during position changes. With a built-in width extender, this bed can be perfectly customized to your comfort. 

Carroll CS7 Hi-Low Hospital Bed

Another best-seller, this highly versatile hi-low bed can easily accommodate any activity in your day-to-day life. 

The fully-electric bed can lower to an impressive 7” or raise to 30” for simple transfers and strain-free caregiving. Auto-contour functionality prevents shin shearing, and a one-touch floor lock system safely secures the bed in place. An upgraded slat-deck frame design creates increased ventilation and protects against infection. 

Hot & New Beds

SafeCare LT Hi-Low Homecare Bed

Make no mistake: even at entry-level pricing, the MedaCure Ultra Low Hi-Low Homecare Bed provides the highest standard of comfort and attention to detail. Use the bright universal symbols on the remote hand control to find your perfect position. The auto-contour feature can raise the head and knees simultaneously, preventing painful skin shearing. 

Rapid tool-free assembly means you can start relaxing in your bed in no time. While set-up and maintenance may be a breeze, the quality of construction speaks for itself. The bed’s durable, reinforced steel tube frame can easily support up to 500lbs. 

PerfectCare Versatile 2-in-1 Homecare Bed

Delivering care has never been easier. Breeze through set-up and maintenance: this bed requires no tools at all. Bed too short or narrow? Extend the width and length in a matter of seconds (headboard and footboard included!). The 8-function hand pendant lowers the bed to a safe 7” tall for seamless transfers, then can raise to 30” to make caregiving easier. Protect from pain skin shearing with the auto-contour function, which raises both knees and head simultaneously. 

The perfect hospital bed for your needs

Medicare does provide limited hospital bed coverage, given that specific conditions for medical necessity are met. MedMart accepts Medicare at our brick and mortar stores, but not via online retail.

For those who don’t fit Medicare’s rigid requirements or are looking for additional functionality and comfort, privately purchased hospital beds through a provider like MedMart are the way to go. Customize your ideal bed based on your optimal positions, add-ons, or interior design preferences. 

Get in touch with a MedMart product expert today to find the best-fit hospital bed for you. 

What You Need to Know About Electric Mobility Scooters

Mobility scooters can be a great option for anyone needing an extra bit of support and independence to live an active lifestyle. By finding the right scooter for your needs, you won’t miss a beat in accomplishing daily errands, excursions, or even international travel. 

When to purchase a mobility scooter

Do you or a loved one ever avoid going out because of the required walking or other fatigue the trip would create? Do you struggle to “keep up” with others? A mobility scooter can instantly make your life more comfortable, giving you the energy to accomplish more in your day. 

Elderly users often benefit from mobility scooters, as well as those with a handicap or illness that impacts their mobility. Scooters can also be a great fit for individuals recovering from surgery, allowing them to get back to their busy lives as soon as possible. 

Benefits of a mobility scooter

Greater Independence

Forget being limited to smooth pathways– the right mobility scooter can take you just about anywhere. With varying degrees of clearance, incline ratings, large wheels, and shock absorbers, scooters can handle all sorts of terrain: from grass to gravel, dirt, and more. Go wherever you need to with greater independence and comfort. 

Many scooters can quickly become your most trusted travel companion! Portable scooters fold or disassemble into parts convenient to store in the back of a vehicle or plane overhead compartment. 

Keep Up With Your Busy Schedule

Get more done in your day without losing energy. Electric mobility scooters don’t require manual force to move, meaning you or a caretaker won’t tire from pushing a chair. Incredibly, these scooters often travel from 5-20 miles on a single charge, keeping up with your most action-packed days. 

Increased Comfort

Mobility scooters are designed for comfort, helping you accomplish all your tasks without strain. Sit back, relax, and cruise through grocery store aisles or shopping malls as fast as you’d like. 

Most electric scooters also have storage baskets and compartments to store your bags and personal belongings without added strain. 

Which Mobility Scooter is Right for Me?

These days, electric mobility scooters come in a wide range of models for your specific needs and lifestyle: from a simple travel folding chair to an all-terrain power scooter that can tackle snow and steep curbs. 

The first thing to consider when choosing a mobility scooter is the number of wheels (really!). 

3-Wheel vs. 4-Wheel Scooters

Both scooters are great options but have different benefits according to your lifestyle preferences. 

A 4-wheel scooter is a great mobility option for those who live active, outdoor lives. They typically come equipped with a sturdier wheelbase, greater clearance heights, larger tires, and higher incline ratings. These scooters generally boast higher speeds and greater battery mileage, limiting the times you’ll need to stop and recharge. 

On the other hand, 3-wheel scooters have tight turn radiuses and are better for maneuvering in narrow spaces. If you primarily use your scooter indoors, a 3-wheel scooter may be a better option. The triangular design also gives users more legroom to stretch out and relax. If you travel often, 3-wheel scooters are often lighter and more compact. 

There are, of course, exceptions to every rule. Some 4-wheel models are designed for travel, while certain 3-wheel scooters can easily handle outdoor terrain. Every scooter model will have a unique set of benefits, so be sure to read the description of each. 

In addition to the number of wheels, here are some other items to consider: 

  • Weight Limit: What weight requirements would you like your scooter to accommodate? If you need extra support, consider a heavy-duty scooter with weight limits of up to 600lbs.
  • Range: How long do you need your scooter to travel on a single charge?
  • Incline Rating: Do you live on a steep driveway or regularly encounter hills? You may need a scooter with a larger climbing angle.
  • Portability: Consider where you’ll be taking your scooter. If you’re a frequent traveler, find a model that can easily fold or disassemble.
  • Storage: Scooters come equipped with a variety of storage compartments and baskets. If you’d like to use your scooter for regular errands, select a model with your desired storage space.
  • Style: Make sure to choose a color and scooter model that you love. Many models come in multiple colors, making it easy to match your personal style.
  • Add-ons: Consider any add-ons which are important to your ideal comfort and functionality. Such as safety lights, USB charging, LCD displays, cupholder, and more.

Our Bestsellers

While we stand by every mobility scooter in our carefully-selected catalog, a few of our bestsellers are a great place to start your search. 

EW-72 Recreational All-Terrain Scooter

Looking for peak performance alongside a smooth ride? The EW-72 is at the top of its class. With a long-lasting 43-mile charge and a record-breaking 15mph top speed, the EW-72 mobility scooter is built for outdoor adventures. This stunning 4-wheel scooter has full suspension, extra-large tires, and a 6” ground clearance to tackle just about any terrain. 

Pride Go-Go Elite Traveller 3-Wheel Scooter

Small but mighty! This 3-wheel Pride scooter is built with easy travel in mind. It easily disassembles into 5 lightweight pieces, connected by a front-to-rear cable, to pack up and take to your next destination. A unique wrap-around ergonomic tiller allows users to smoothly navigate around tight corners without strain. 

Buzzaround EX Extreme 4-Wheel

A stable, comfortable scooter perfect for long-distance rides and travel. The Buzzaround EX Extreme 4-Wheel can travel up to 18 miles on a single charge with a top speed of 5mph.  It’s packed with extra details and add-ons: from a plush stadium-style seat, to extra foot room and a super bright LED headlight. 

Revo 2.0 3-Wheel Scooter

This 3-Wheel scooter effortlessly combines durability and versatility. This scooter can travel up to 12 miles on a single battery charge, and its generous 400-pound weight capacity makes it a great choice for a variety of users. The 40” turning radius and flat-free tires mean this scooter can adapt to many different environments, and an ultra heavy-duty drivetrain provides all the power you need. Traveling? Quickly disassemble the scooter into 4 portable pieces. 

Need some extra assistance finding the perfect scooter for you or a loved one? Contact our team of product specialists, and we’d be happy to help you find the best pick for your needs and lifestyle. 

The Top 5 Lift Chairs in the United States

If there’s one thing that everyone should look forward to at the end of a long day, it’s a comfortable place to rest. While traditional recliners and beds are comfortable, they aren’t always a safe solution for those with impaired mobility. If you or a loved one struggles with transitioning from a seated to standing position, lift recliners are a perfect solution. 

While they may look like ordinary reclining chairs at first glance, lift chairs come equipped with powerful motorized systems to gently lift users from a seated to standing position with the press of a button. They’re perfect for those struggling with chronic illness, recovering from surgery, or anyone in need of an extra helping hand. 

If you’re shopping for a lift chair for you or a loved one, the choices can seem overwhelming. How many motors do you need? What size lift chair? What add-ons or additional features should you consider? 

With over 30 years of experience finding the perfect mobility solutions for our customers, we know a thing or two about what makes a quality lift chair. Here, we’ve put together a comprehensive list of the five top lift chairs in the United States available for purchase. Each of these solutions are top-ranked in terms of comfort, functionality, and add-ons. 

1. Cloud MaxiComfort Power Lift Recliner

There’s a reason the Cloud MaxiComfort is one of our bestselling power chairs: overstuffed arms and very forgiving flex foam give incredible comfort and alleviate aches and pains. Dual motors allow for infinite positioning, and a patented scissor-box mechanism conforms the seat precisely to your measurements. The Cloud Maxicomfort comes in a variety of colors and sizes to fit your needs. 

2. Viva Radiance

If you’re looking for an elegant, contemporary-looking chair that’s packed with features, look no further. Designed with infinite positioning functionality, you can charge your phone with the built-in wireless phone charger while you find your perfect position. This chair also features a state-of-the-art heating system: relieve muscle tightness with three heating pads in the lumbar, shoulder, and seat areas. This chair may also be a great selection for bariatric patients, as it accommodates up to 400lbs. 

3. Cloud Twilight

The Cloud Twilight Maxicomfort is a unique lift chair that provides the ultimate zero-gravity experience. The chair base, armrest, and back all recline to eliminate pressure on your spine and maximize relaxation. Complete with a contoured seat, power headrest, and power lumbar, it will be difficult to ever want to leave the comfort of this chair. Select from 22 fabrics to perfectly match your style. 

4. Aura Luxe Power Lift Recliner

Need a top-tier lift recliner that won’t break the bank? Consider the Aura Luxe Power Lift Recliner. This all-in-one lift chair grants incredible rest and relaxation at an affordable price. Quickly change to any position using the ergonomic hand remote and charge your devices with the convenient USB charger. The Aura Luxes includes deluxe fabrics that are incredibly durable and stain-resistant, ensuring it looks like new for years to come. 

5. VivaLift! Atlas Recliner

You may not be literally carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders like the Greek god Atlas, but this Atlas lift recliner will effortlessly melt away your aches and pains at the end of a long day. Stylish enough to be the center of attention in any room, this chair is built with a breathable faux level and detailed contrast stitching. The well-padded backrest supports infinite positioning and accommodates users up to 375lbs. 

Lift chairs can offer much greater independence for those struggling to transfer from seated to standing positions, but the benefits don’t stop there. Today’s lift chairs are equipped with a wide array of customizable positions, add-ons, dual motors, and more to provide the ultimate relaxation experience. Take a look at the lift chairs above, or browse the Med Mart site for even more options.  

Still need some assistance finding the perfect lift chair match for you? Our team of product specialists would love to help– Give us a call anytime and together we’ll find the best-fit chair for you or a loved one. 

The Difference Between a 2, 3, or Infinite Position Lift Chair

For those struggling with poor mobility, lift chairs can offer valuable support in everyday life. While they may look like everyday recliners, lift chairs contain powerful motors to gently guide users to a standing position. This can be an invaluable tool to those struggling with arthritis, recovering from surgery, or anyone needing an extra helping hand.

Once you’ve made the decision to purchase a lift chair, your next question may be “which chair best suits my needs?”. Not only do lift chairs come in a variety of materials, colors, and brands, but different position options as well. 

Today’s lift chairs come in a wide range of positions and motor functionality depending on your needs. Adjustable footrest positioning or a flexible recline mechanism can make all the difference in your daily comfort. 

In this blog post, we’ll explain the differences between 2-position, 3-position, and infinite-position lift chairs so that you can make an informed purchasing decision. 

2-Position

When most people think of a recliner, a 2-position chair comes to mind. A 2-position lift chair raises the footrest while offering a few inches of back recline, making it more comfortable to rest or watch TV. These chairs can be affordable, still offer the mobility support of a lift chair, and are ideal if you need only a small recline. 

Most 2-position lift chairs have a gap between the ottoman and seat, and a single motor that controls everything. All our lift chairs are electrically powered, meaning there’s no need to fumble with a manual lever to comfortably recline. 

2-position chairs are great for relaxing after a long day, watching TV, reading, or conversing with family and friends. 

3-Position

If you’re looking for more versatility, a 3-position recline chair leans back further than typical recliners. While it does not move into a fully horizontal position, the back of the chair moves into a deep incline comfortable for relaxation and sleeping. A hand control stops the recliner at any position along the way, making it easy to find your ideal position. 

3-position lift chairs typically come equipped with a single motor, meaning that the back and footrest cannot be adjusted independently. Most have no gap between the ottoman and the seat, making for a more comfortable seat. 

For the full versatility of 3-position lift chairs at an affordable price, we recommend our best-selling Heritage 358 Lift Recliner

Infinite-position

If you or a loved one spend a significant amount of time in a lift chair, it may be time to consider ugrading your comfort with an infinite-position chair. 

These highly-flexible lift chairs come equipped with a dual motor system that allows the back and footrest to operate independently. With the push of a button, users can lift their legs without reclining, or move the backrest only. These chairs are typically padded all the way down, with no gaps between the back and footrest.

Infinite position chairs come with a much greater range of positions than 2 or 3 position chairs. Bring the back rest completelly parallel to the floor for a comfortable sleep, raise the footrest above your body to promote circulation, or enjoy zero-gravity mode. Users can adjust the seat and footrest to their specific needs, then program those positions to the hand-held controller. 

If you’re looking for a single chair to accommodate all your needs now and in the future, look toward an infinite-position chair. While you or a loved one may only require a slight recline now, in the future they may wish to sleep in their chair or use different positioning to aid injury recovery. With additional add-ons like massage and heat, they may never want to leave the chair! 

If you’re considering an infinite position lift chair, take a look at the Cloud MaxiComfort Power Lift Recliner. This chair includes endless opportunities for comfortable positions, wrapped in a very forgiving flex foam. The patented scissor-box mechanism raises and tilts the entire seat to customize to your body precisely, alleviating back or knee pain. 

If you or a loved one needs a bit of extra assistance raising from or lowering to a deep seated position, a lift chair can make all the difference. Browse MedMart’s collection of lift chairs, or talk to a product specialist today to choose the perfect chair to accommodate your needs. 

 

Why the right hospital bed can save your life (and how to choose it)

Do you prioritize healthy sleep habits? You spend over one-third of your life in bed, and sleep habits can have incredible, long-lasting effects on overall health and quality of life. 

So why do we still sleep on old or uncomfortable furniture? Everyone has different preferences for what they require for an optimal night’s sleep. Your bed and mattress are two of the most important investments you can make toward your overall health. For loved ones who require extra bed functionality, multiple positions, or pressure point relief, this is exponentially more important. 

In this article, we’ll cover the importance of quality sleep as well as how to select an optimal bed frame and mattress for you or a loved one’s needs. 

Proper Sleep is critical for good health

A night of tossing and turning does more damage than needing an extra cup of coffee the following morning. Poor sleep has significant consequences to long-term health, including: 

High Blood Pressure

Getting fewer than six hours of sleep increases susceptibility of high blood pressure. Without sufficient rest, your body is unable to balance hormone levels, which increases cardiovascular risk. 

Memory issues

During sleep, the brain produces brain waves that preserve memory. As sleep quality deteriorates, so do neural connections and information storage. It can be more difficult to process and retain information while running on insufficient sleep. 

Depression & Mood

If you are part of the one-third of US adults who struggle with insomnia, you have a 10x higher risk of depression. Without the restorative properties of sleep, the body struggles to balance mood and stress systems. 

Accidents

Almost everyone, unfortunately, has experienced feeling a little drowsy at the wheel after a night of poor sleep. In the right circumstance, poor sleep can lead to fatal or life-altering consequences. One study found that individuals with poor sleep patterns were twice as likely to die in a workplace accident than their counterparts.

Disturbed sleep is also associated with an increased risk of falls in senior populations. Falls are one of the most common risk factors among seniors, with one in five leading to a serious injury like a broken bone or head trauma. 

And that’s just the start. Poor sleep patterns lead directly to weight gain, risk of diabetes, weakened immunity, and a long list of other risks. Insufficient sleep keeps your body from the restorative process that keeps it safe and functioning optimally. 

A good right’s sleep starts with the right bed. The right bed and mattress for your needs can make an incredible difference in health outcomes. 

Choosing the best bed to support you

With proper sleep being so critical to good health, it’s important to start with the right bed. If you are bed-bound or a fall risk, bed selection can make an enormous difference in the quality of day-to-day life. You need a bed that is safe, provides adequate customization, and can be comfortable enough for a great night’s sleep. 

Two highly-configurable beds we recommend are the EasyCare® SE Hi-Low Homecare Bed and the Carroll CS7 Hi-Low Bed. These best-sellers are Hi-Low, meaning they can raise or lower with a push of a button: accommodating easy transfers, reduced caregiver strain, and more. 

Both models include auto-contour functionality, which raises both knees and head at the same time, preventing abrasion from sliding down the bed. A hand pendant can change to any number of positions with the press of a button. 

Digging deeper: The mattress

Let’s be honest: not every mattress is built the same. Consider desired mattress material, coolness, firmness, foam density, and more based on your individual needs. 

Mattress Foam Density

If you choose to purchase a foam mattress, take into account the important role foam density plays in mattress support and durability

Low-Density Foam: Soft, and quickly regains shape because of more air inside the material. These mattresses are cooler to sleep on and often are available at a lower price point. On the other hand, low-density mattresses are less durable. 

High-Density Foam: Packed with more material per cubic foot, high-density foam is best for durability and pressure relief. These mattresses conform to your body’s unique shape and retain heat. 

For the “best of both worlds”, we recommend the best-selling Total Care VLX Tri-layered Foam Mattress. Cooling memory foam draws away excess heat from the body while sleeping, while still offering the pressure point relief of a foam mattress. 

Mattress material

Don’t be afraid to look beyond traditional foam mattresses, either. There are a wide range of mattress materials that provide specific benefits. 

Foam: Foam mattresses combine pressure relief with conforming, soft material. They may run warmer than other mattress types, but provide good support for sleepers. 

Air Pressure: Designed for those who require extra care around pressure sores and back pain relief, air mattresses support blood circulation and movement without causing damage to skin or back.

We recommend the bestselling Deluxe Air LAL 2-1 Alternation Mattress or Triple Air 3-1 LAL Alternation Mattress. These low-weight mattresses give extra stability and comfort while sleeping. 

Innerspring:  Classic innerspring mattresses have an inner steel coil support system covered by a thin topper. They offer firm support at a low price, and don’t trap heat in. However, they aren’t able to conform to relieve specific pressure points. 

Gel Mattress Toppers: For those needing additional comfort, a gel mattress topper helps regulate body temperature while providing extra support. 

Choosing a bed and mattress isn’t only about finding somewhere to rest your head at night. Your bed and mattress selection can play a major role in long-term health and well-being. 

Our team of product experts at MedMart can help you find the perfect bedframe and mattress set to support deep, restful sleep no matter your needs. 

What is a Lift Chair and How Does it Support Mobility?

Do you or a loved one struggle with poor mobility? You’re not alone. 

 41% of adults aged 65-79 experience some form of mobility constraint in their everyday life and a full 1 in 4 US adults have been diagnosed with arthritis. Even in younger populations, any number of diagnoses or surgeries can affect one’s ability to perform daily actions. To those with mobility impairments, transitionary movements are a significant safety risk.

But poor mobility shouldn’t mean a loss of independence or reduced quality of life. Lift chairs can provide individuals with the support they need in sitting-to-standing transitionary movements. 

What is a lift chair?

At a first glance, lift chairs look like ordinary reclining chairs. But don’t let looks deceive you– these chairs have powerful motorized systems to gently lift the user from a sitting to standing position. No need to risk injury, require assistance from others, or place undue pressure on joints. 

At the simple press of a button, the motorized chair safely lifts the user to an upright position or reclines back into a seated position. It can be an invaluable tool to those struggling with arthritis, recovering from surgery, or anyone needing an extra helping hand. 

Benefits of a Lift Chair

Supports Mobility & Prevents Injury

Transitioning between seated and standing positions can be a complicated movement for those who are mobility-impaired. Poor transitions can lead to serious injury or slow a healing process post-surgery. Even worse, loved ones may avoid asking for help out of embarrassment or fear of burdening others. 

Lift chairs provide consistent, solid mobility support whenever the user needs it. 

Improves Mental Health

Mobility limitations affect mental health just as much as physical health. It can feel frustrating to struggle with simple movements or to rely on the help of others. 

A lift chair gives loved ones back their independence. With mobility support at the touch of a button, users can quickly transfer themselves in and out of a seated position. 

Promotes good health

Lift chairs not only prevent injury but actively contribute to positive health outcomes. 

The motorized system emphasizes correct posture when in motion, and customizable chair positions can ease muscle tension and joint pain. For example, Zero Gravity chairs have a seat area that can tilt and raise, lifting tension off of the spine. 

Some lift chairs are specifically designed for sleep: promoting circulation and allowing for deeper and more relaxed breathing. 

Which Lift chair is right for you?

Lift chairs come with many options of sizes, features, and movement. Here are some features to consider when choosing a lift chair. 

Number of Positions

Lift chairs can be categorized by the number of different positions they can accommodate. For example, a 2-position lift chair reclines to a 45-degree angle only. An Infinite Position chair, in contrast, has dual motors which allow the back and footrest areas operate independently and adjust to any number of different positions. 

Additional Features

Some additional features that you may want to consider are: 

  • Heating and massage systems
  • Charging ports for electronics
  • Heavy duty lift chairs for users desiring additional space and weight capacity
  • Trendelenburg position functionality (to elevate the legs and improve circulation) 

For patients or loved ones needing extra mobility support, a lift chair can make all the difference. There are many options available and customizations to choose from: MedMart can help you find the best lift chair to fit your needs. 

What is the Best Mobility Scooter to Buy

What is the Best Mobility Scooter to Buy?

Some people assume using a mobility scooter to get around means losing their freedom. In fact, the opposite is true. Using a mobility scooter enhances a person’s freedom to move about wherever they want to go. It allows them to be present and participate in activities with others instead of sitting out on the sidelines.

With a mobility scooter, you’re not restricted by the pain and difficulty of walking caused by arthritis, muscular disease, or other painful conditions. 

All you need to do is choose the best mobility scooter to buy for your circumstances, take a seat, and off you go!

7 Different Types of Mobility Scooters

There are dozens of different types of mobility scooters on the market, each with its own features and benefits. To simplify the search for you, we’ve grouped them into seven categories (although there will be some overlap). 

Don’t let the number of different types of mobility scooters overwhelm you—Med Mart just mentions them here for your information. 

First, we will unpack scooters and their wheel counts. If you want to skip that and immediately determine the best mobility scooter for you, scroll down to the next section. Otherwise, keep reading.

1. 3-Wheel Scooters

3-wheel scooters are an excellent option for indoor use because they fit through tighter spaces and can easily maneuver around furniture. 

Features and benefits:

  • The two larger wheels in the back and one smaller front wheel provide a tight turning radius.
  • There’s a lot of legroom, which is better for people who have knee or leg injuries or ailments.
  • The lightweight design means these cost less than 4-wheel scooters.

Price Range: $799 to $5,320

2. 4-Wheel Scooters

4-wheel scooters are great for handling general transport situations inside buildings. They’re also the best mobility scooter choice for the outdoors. 

Features and benefits: 

  • Two wheels in the back and two in front keep the scooter from tipping over, providing ultimate stability.
  • The four wheels grip the ground better, so it can easily handle curbs and small hills.

Price Range: $849 to $6,920

3. Folding Scooters

Folding scooters are a great option if you want a scooter on hand for occasional, short-distance use (like when traveling on vacation or to visit the grandkids). 

Features and benefits:

  • The entire scooter folds up for easy storage and transportability.
  • Some scooters can fold and unfold via remote control.
  • The scooter’s compact design only weighs about 50 pounds, offering convenient transportability.

Price Range: $1,499 to $3,299

4. Portable Scooters

Portable scooters are perfect for taking on errands, shopping trips, and social events because they’re easy to disassemble to fit into the trunk of a car. No lift is required.

Features and benefits:

  • Small, lightweight pieces are quick to reassemble on the go.
  • They're quite affordable at a lower price than larger, heavier-duty models.
  • They’re easy to operate. You can focus on what’s happening around you without the distraction of too many functions.

Price range: $799 to $2,699

5. Full-Size Scooters

Full-size scooters are sturdy and have a far enough driving distance range to be used as your primary transportation vehicle. 

Features and benefits:

  • There are advanced features for comfort, performance, and safety.
  • There’s plenty of room for your legs and feet, so you never feel cramped.
  • An attached hitch lets you connect a range of accessories.
  • A full suspension provides a smooth ride.

Price range: $1,844 to $6,995

6. All-Terrain Scooters

All-terrain mobility scooters are the best for the outdoors if you’re the type of person who wants to go anywhere without being held back by the rugged terrain often found in nature.

Features and benefits:

  • The high ground clearance handles dirt roads, grass, gravel, and more.
  • A sturdy frame, large pneumatic wheels, and a sound suspension offer ultimate comfort.
  • The canopy or shield option protects you from wind, rain, and other outdoor elements.

Price Range: $2,949 to $6,920

7. Heavy-Duty Scooters

Heavy-duty scooters provide serious riders with maximum performance and ultimate comfort.

Features and benefits:

  • These are built to carry larger loads with ease.
  • The seats are wider and more cushioned, so you don’t get sore.
  • Nicer, bigger wheels let you travel farther, quicker.

Price Range: $1,696 to $6,995

How to Choose the Best Mobility Scooter for You

There are so many options available that choosing the best mobility scooter for you is an easy task, regardless of what you need. Use our list and pick the one that will suit your needs best.  If you have questions, Med Mart is here to help!

Indoor vs. Outdoor

If you’re planning to do most of your scootering indoors, you might want a portable 3-wheeler since they can turn tighter. If you’re planning on spending time outside, you’ll probably want a 4-wheeled scooter with bigger wheels, higher clearance, and a more comfortable seat.

How Fast Mobility Scooters Go

How fast a mobility scooter goes should be a significant factor in your decision. Depending on whether you’re riding inside, on sidewalks and pathways, or on the road (preferably in a bike lane), you'll have different requirements.

The speed for mobility scooters ranges from 3.6 miles per hour (perfect for home use) to 8.1 miles per hour (best for driving on smooth surfaces outdoors). Consider the areas where you’ll be driving the most to determine how fast your mobility scooter should go.

Tech Specs

Regarding technical specifications, there’s something for everyone’s body, lifestyle, and personality. 

  • Seat Width: There’s a good fit for all, with sizes ranging from 14 inches to 23 inches across.
  • Color: Anything from black or white to camouflage or gold are available. You can choose your best mobility scooter hue.
  • Style: Feeling sleek, rugged, chic, or sporty? It’s up to you—each feature is a possibility, so there’s no need to compromise.
  • Features: Just a few of the possibilities include:
    Automatic folding
    Canopy
    Dual seat
    Foot pedal drive
    Power-elevating seat
  • Weight Capacity: This ranges from 200 pounds all the way up to 600 pounds, so absolutely anyone can ride.
  • Drive Range: Some mobility scooter batteries have a maximum range of 20.1 miles or more on a single charge.
  • Turning Radius: This can be as little as 35 inches.

You’d be surprised at the different styles and types of mobility scooters available for your needs. Check them ou

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Seniors or those with special needs may require something more specialized than a regular bed. That’s where a hospital bed comes in. If you’re taking care of a sick, disabled, or aging family member, a hospital bed can make them more comfortable and make it easier to give them the care they need.

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8 Best Portable Scooters for Seniors in 2022

Portable scooters allow you to traverse any surface easily, and they fit in the trunk of your car. They’re a compact, streamlined option for those that want to reclaim their independence. If you’re a senior (or a caretaker) looking for a way to get mobile again, these portable scooters are a fantastic option. 

There’s no reason you shouldn’t be able to visit your favorite places and enjoy your freedom. That’s why we’ve included compact and foldable options and heavy-duty scooters for more challenging terrain. While this might not be the purchase you’ve been looking forward to, this list will show that there’s plenty to get jazzed about when it comes to scooters. 

The unique benefits of portable scooters are endless. Let’s jump into it and talk about the 8 best portable scooters for seniors.

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Get Ready for Summer!

We can’t believe it, but summer is just around the corner! We want you to have the best summer possible, so we thought we would share some tips on preparing your mobility device for the season! Whether you’re visiting a park, going camping, or heading to the beach, maintaining your power wheelchair or scooter will help you to enjoy worry-free summer days.

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