Chances are that at some point in your life you will be presented with using or getting a mobility aid device. Thanks to my discussion with medical products provider Mike Messer, I was able to create this very informative article on manual wheelchairs, electric wheelchairs, and mobility scooters. Knowing the distinction between these products is essential if you are planning a purchase so hopefully this knowledge will be rather helpful.
The two main types of manual wheelchairs are folding frame wheelchairs and rigid frame wheelchairs. Rigid frame wheelchairs include a seat back that folds up for transportation. The wheels have axles that can be quick released making it easy to allow them to fit into a car. Most users are able to load up their rigid wheelchair into a car without help, because they are made of lightweight aluminum and normally weigh a mere 10 to 20 pounds without wheels. Foldable frame wheelchairs are standard wheelchairs or sometimes known as conventional wheelchairs. They are often weighty and sometimes difficult for a user to load into a vehicle. They are created with a frame that may be easy to fold, but as pointed out before, these types of chairs may require you to need help loading them into your vehicle.
Electric wheelchairs generally make use of belts and gears in order to function. They are typically silent in their operation. Belt drive types require more maintenance than gear drive versions. These styles come in all shapes and sizes and greatly differ in their sturdiness. Light frame models usually are wonderful for in house use while the heavy frame types fair better outside the house. There are rear wheel drive models which are the most conventional and popular. They provide poor turning capabilities but have quicker speeds. There are Front wheel drive units which provide much better and tighter turning attributes. Because of the ease of turning however, these types have a reduced speed to insure safety. Mid wheel electric powered wheelchairs have the tightest turning abilities but also have the propensity to be unsteady when stopping and starting. They use added castor wheels and tip-over proof wheels but this may make it harder to use these on difficult terrain.
Mobility scooters are the most desired type of motorized chair. They can be bought in three and four wheel models and are obtainable with front side and rear wheel drive. They are more inexpensive than electric wheelchairs and many are designed for their ease of mobility and ease of transportation. They steer much like a bicycle and have controls that will allow you to manage acceleration. They are much lighter weight and can be disassembled easily to transfer around town. Front wheel Drive versions can typically carry up to 150 lbs. and are made more for indoor use while rear wheel drive models can carry a maximum of 250 to 500 pounds based on the model, and can better handle the outdoor terrain if necessary.
Thanks a lot and I hope you acquired some valuable information from this write-up. Good luck and I hope you are able to make an educated decision when acquiring the mobility device that is best for you.