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Are you in need of a mobility scooter but unable to afford one? If so, you are not alone. The high costs of mobility scooters prevent many people living with disabilities from purchasing, or even renting, one. The consequences can be devastating, forcing people to sacrifice freedom, independence, and outdoor opportunities.

Thankfully, regardless of your financial status, there several ways to get a free mobility scooter without paying a penny.

Medicare, charities, and other organizations all play vital roles in providing financial assistance to help the mobility impaired access mobility aids. Some programs will pay the full costs of acquiring an electric mobility scooter, while others will only offer partial support. However, in either case, we at Mobility Deck believe no-one who needs a mobility scooter should have to go without one.

It’s for that reason that we provide the following guide, outlining 6 accessible ways you can get a free mobility scooter for yourself or your loved one in need.

6 Ways to Get a Free Mobility Scooter

1. Medicare

Medicare has different programs available to persons with disabilities and seniors in need of mobility assistive devices. 

Generally, Medicare part B covers mobility equipment and other medical equipment, and in some cases, will provide mobility scooters for free. Although typically, the program will only reimburse 80% of the cost of acquiring a mobility scooter.

If you have a Medicare supplemental policy, Medicare may cater for the remaining 20% that’s not covered by standard Medicare. Otherwise, you will likely be responsible for raising the remaining amount. 

However, if you cannot afford the 20%, you should contact your local Medicaid office to ask for help through the Medicare Savings Program.

For Veterans, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs can provide the remaining 20% not covered by Medicare through different funding programs such as TRICARE, CHAMPVA for Life, and Veterans Directed Home and Community Based Services (VD-HCBS).

Please Note: You will only be eligible for a free or subsidized mobility scooter through Medicare if you have a genuine medical need for it. Your doctor will usually be required to provide proof that you need a scooter, or else your claim will likely be denied.

2. Your Insurance Company

If you are eligible, your health insurance provider might be willing to provide you with a mobility scooter free of charge.

However, this is entirely dependent on your insurance company’s policies. A good starting point is to check the criteria outlined in your policy contract or agreement.

If you are still unsure about what you might be eligible for under your insurance policy, you should liaise with your insurance provider. Your doctor may also be able to help you file the necessary documents and information to present for your claim.

Most mobility scooter manufacturers also offer to make the process easier for you by handling the insurance paperwork and procedures. While, of course, these companies are after profits first and foremost, they can still be accommodating because of how the US medical system is set up.

3. Grants and Charities

Grants offered by community charities and philanthropic organizations can provide the financial support you need to obtain a free mobility scooter. 

Grants are offered, typically on a first come first served basis, by various non-governmental organizations in the United States.

While the issuance of grants tends to be reliant on the availability of funds in the organization, most charities have reasonable waiting lists that you can sign up for today!

For example, the Numotion Foundation’s Grants and Sponsorship Program provides financial assistance to individuals in need of mobility scooters and wheelchairs. 

You can view a longer list of available grants for persons with a disability here.

4. The American Outreach Foundation

The American Outreach Foundation was established to provide mobility assistance to Veterans and people from lower-income families who do not have the financial means to purchase the necessary devices. The Foundation donates free mobility chairs and scooters to eligible persons. 

If you are looking for a free scooter or power chair, visit their website and fill the request form. 

Your application will be considered if you have or meet any of the following:

  • Recommendation from a doctor to use a mobility scooter or powerchair,
  • Letter of denial from your insurance provider,
  • Proof of annual income,
  • Prescription letter from your doctor or physical therapist,

If you are not eligible, for any of the above reasons or based on your location, you should still consider getting in touch with the Foundation. They may be able to point you towards and organization that can help. 

To find more about the American Outreach Foundation and its programs, visit www.americanoutreachfoundation.com.

5. Latter-day Saint Charities

The Latter-day Saint Charities is a Christian charity organization funded by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 

The organization is primarily geared towards humanitarian work across Africa, Asia, and Europe – but they provide support to Americans too! 

One of the signature programs of the organization is the provision of wheelchairs and mobility aids for free. The organization receives funding from members and friends of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who are passionate about helping those in need.

Their program provides free mobility chairs and scooters to persons with disabilities. Different types of mobility aids are given to people with disabilities based on their needs.

Visit www.latterdaysaintcharities.org for more information.

6. Social Security and State Disability Assistance

State issued disability benefits can cover the full, or part, of the cost of a much-needed mobility scooter.

Social Security and disability assistance should be able to help you. However, the biggest challenge with this option is that you’ll have to wait for several months for your application to be processed. 

That said, if the previous ways to get a free mobility scooter bore no fruit, this is always an option worth considering.

Conclusion

Typically, the essential requirement when applying for financial assistance programs to obtain a mobility scooter for free is a doctor’s prescription.

If you can prove that you need a mobility chair or scooter, and that you aren’t able to afford one, you should be able to get one for free. 

Contact the organizations outlined above and get in contact with your doctor or physical therapist for assistance. If you meet the requirements, you should be able to get a free mobility scooter in no time.

Editor’s Note: If you are looking for a free wheelchair, please see our guide here.

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James Peacock
James Peacock
James Peacock is the editor-in-chief of Mobility Deck. James has lived as a student in Auckland for over 7 years, so he has a lot of experience with the difficulties of accessible transport in a big city. As a graduate of law from the University of Auckland, James enjoys writing and is dedicated to discovering the most innovative and valuable mobility products worth sharing with others – the ones that truly improve users' lives.
James Peacock
James Peacock
James Peacock is the editor-in-chief of Mobility Deck. James has lived as a student in Auckland for over 7 years, so he has a lot of experience with the difficulties of accessible transport in a big city. As a graduate of law from the University of Auckland, James enjoys writing and is dedicated to discovering the most innovative and valuable mobility products worth sharing with others – the ones that truly improve users' lives.

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