Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and mobility scooters: a guide
A reliable and comfortable mobility scooter from TGA may help with many of the symptoms associated with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). MS is unpredictable and the severity of this condition varies greatly, however problems associated with mobility and balance are common. Walking can be difficult due to leg weakness and in addition to extreme tiredness, Vertigo can also cause people to be housebound. However with an electric scooter such as a TGA Vita or Eclipse, people living with MS can enjoy greater independence outdoors.
If you have MS, driving a mobility scooter with suspension is a big plus. This allows you to remain steady and stable when driving over uneven ground and helps avoid unnecessary jolts to your body. The Vita Lite, Vita Midi, Vita 4, Vita Sport and Vita X all include a revolutionary single rear shock absorber developed from the motorcycle industry. Combined with double wishbone suspension on both front wheels, bumps are smoothed out when travelling along the pavement enhanced by air-filled pneumatic tyres on larger Vita models. Plus with TGAs revolutionary puncture sealant injected in each wheel, the worry of being marooned with a flat tyre is reduced.
The bigger 8mph Vita 4, Vita Sport and Vita X scooters have extra legroom with spacious floor wells so people with Ataxia, muscle contractions and spasms have the space to stretch our their legs during a journey. These models also include orthopaedic racing style bucket seats that offer all round support whilst a headrest provides ultimate comfort. As the seat sides are raised you benefit from a cocooning effect that improves posture and helps you sit upright even if muscle weakness is an issue. The back and armrests are fully adjustable so a personalised driving position can be achieved and access on and off is no problem as the seat can be swiveled 90 degrees to either side.
If you have reduced strength then a 3-wheel mobility scooter such as a TGA Breeze S3 or TGA Breeze 3 Midi maybe better as the steering is lighter. This is because you only have to turn one wheel and not two resulting in less friction with the road or pavement. A 3-wheeler maybe easier to steer and more manoeuvrable, however the balance between this and stability needs to be weighed up in terms of your own personal preferences. To offer more comfort, it is essential that your choice of scooter also includes a fully adjustable tiller so that arms and shoulders can rest in a comfortable position.
If your Multiple Sclerosis isnt too severe and you are looking for an electric scooter that fits into the boot of a car, then TGA recommends its popular Eclipse model. The car boot Eclipse is a clever, compact mobility scooter that dismantles into four easy-to-lift parts so that transportation further afield is hassle-free. The great benefit with the TGA Eclipse is that despite its smaller size, it still provides superb stability and comfort when driving along. Steering is light and the turning circle is small so taking it on public transport is hassle-free. The Eclipse meets the regulations of many bus operators in terms of what is allowed onboard. The controls are simple to understand and only require a small amount of pressure to operate which helps if you have co-ordination problems. The knobs and buttons have been especially designed to be ergonomic ie. easy to grab even if your hands are tired or shaky. The TGA Eclipse has one of the most roomy floor wells in its class as the front wheels and arches are low and compact. With its roomy shopping basket, the Eclipse is the perfect shopping scooter when you have MS.
Other compact TGA mobility scooters that are popular with people who have MS are the Minimo and Minimo Plus and Maximo. These scooters can be folded down in a matter of seconds with one hand and then stored in a car boot. Ideal for people with Multiple Sclerosis who are independent or have a carer, the TGA Minimo is a 4mph mobility scooter that combines transportability with comfort and stability. Around town it is the ideal shopping scooter and requires no parts to be dismantled when storing in a car boot or on public transport. The Minimo Plus offers the added benefit of pneumatic tyres so a smoother ride is assured and has an ultra-lightweight battery as standard.
Case study owner with Multiple Sclerosis: James Pagram, Eastbourne, East Sussex, Breeze S4 owner and MS Society fundraiser: My 101-mile drive along the South Downs Way to raise donations for the MS Society was simply fantastic and so memorable. I knew it would be tough going with my Multiple Sclerosis as I get so tired, however my Breeze mobility scooter was so comfortable it kept me feeling pretty refreshed and alert all the way. The TGA Breeze has always been renowned for its reliability and robustness, however the last four days have really underlined this reputation in my opinion. It coped admirably with the really tough terrain we came across from sustained climbs to steep descents and the battery range was incredible. I would like to thank all the people and companies including TGA who helped us reach such a great donation total.
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