Benefits of a Scooter

When you are managing mobility issues, it often feels as if your freedom is restricted. You may find it too difficult to go out on holiday, go shopping or just enjoy the good weather outside. It may be harder to socialize or get to church. Many people managing mobility struggles feel trapped in their homes because of the challenge of walking long distances or at all. 

 

There is no reason to lose your independence. Mobility scooters offer you a chance to move about as easily as if you were walking.  

 

Mobility scooters are available in different sizes so that everyone can comfortably ride on one. They are also available in different motor strengths so that you can travel over different terrains. Some scooters are designed for long-term single-use, while others have smaller batteries for quick trips. 

 

You can accessorize your scooter to carry personal goods or medical supplies. You can get accessories for yourself, such as rain gear, that will cover both you and your scooter so you can go out in any weather. 

 

Having a mobility scooter gives you back the freedom you had to go where you want when you want to go. Since most places, including parks and tourist destinations, have wheelchair accessibility, you can easily go on holiday with your scooter as well. 

 

The Biggest Benefit of a Mobility Scooter 

 

The biggest benefit of a mobility scooter is the emotional benefit. Many people who have mobility challenges become depressed because of their inability to move about like their other family members or friends. They have a tendency to become withdrawn and depressed. 

 

Getting your loved one a mobility scooter that will allow them to become more independent and manage more of their own care gives them a sense of happiness. This helps keep depression at bay and improves overall health. 

 

When purchasing a mobility scooter, it is important to look at the design and capacity. Some of the discount scooters are only made for short use and can only manage so much weight from its passengers. A higher duty machine has more comfortable seating, can accommodate a higher weight load, and will function for longer periods of time. If you need a mobility scooter for long-term use, a larger machine will be your best choice. 

 

Having the ability to get out and get around despite mobility challenges is something that should be offered to everyone with the need. It is beneficial to them as well as their loved ones. 

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Please note: VAT is removed in the checkout process

In the UK, disabled people do not have to pay VAT when buying certain disability aids and services (This can be claimed by friend or family member purchasing on their behalf). Not everything supplied to disabled people is necessarily zero-rated for VAT. Goods and services on which you do not have to pay VAT are usually known as 'zero-rated' or 'eligible for VAT relief.

Who is eligible for VAT relief?

You must be 'chronically sick or disabled' to qualify for VAT relief. The HMRC comment on this is as follows. A person is 'chronically sick or disabled' if they either:

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All products on the Aids for Mobility website are flagged with an option to claim VAT relief during Checkout if it applies to that item. When you add a zero-rated product or service to your Basket, you will be asked to tick a checkbox to confirm that you, or the person for whom you are buying the item, are eligible for VAT Relief.

How VAT relief works

If you are claiming VAT Relief you will be asked to complete an extra few questions during Checkout, where we will ask you to provide brief details of your disability and confirmation that the product is for 'personal or domestic use'. We will keep a record of this declaration along with your order details. You can then buy the product(s) in your Basket at a price that excludes VAT. You will be asked to make this declaration each time you place an order that includes zero-rated products. It is a legal requirement that we record this information for every order, and we apologise for the inconvenience.

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