Odds are that sometime in your life you will be challenged with using or buying a mobility aid unit. Thanks to my discussion with medical products provider Mike Messer, I was able to compose this very beneficial article on manually operated wheelchairs, powered wheelchairs, and electric scooters. Knowing the difference between these instruments is imperative if you are arranging a purchase so ideally this info will be rather helpful.
The two major types of manual wheelchairs are foldable frame wheelchairs and rigid style wheelchairs. Rigid frame wheelchairs have a seat back that folds for travel. The wheels have axles that may be quick released making it easy to allow them to fit into a automobile. Most users are able to load up their rigid wheelchair into a car without assistance, because they are constructed of lightweight aluminum and normally weigh a mere 10 to 20 pounds without wheels. Foldable frame wheelchairs are traditional wheelchairs or sometimes known as as conventional wheelchairs. They are often heavy and sometimes difficult for a user to load into a vehicle. They are built with a frame that may be easy to fold, but as described before, these sorts of chairs may require you to need help loading them into your car.
Electric wheelchairs typically work with belts and gears in order to operate. They are typically silent in their operation. Belt drive models require more upkeep than gear drive units. These styles come in all shapes and forms and greatly vary in their sturdiness. Light frame types usually are wonderful for indoor use while the heavy frame models fair better outside the house. There are back wheel drive models which are the most standard and popular. They provide poor turning capabilities but have quicker speeds. There are Front wheel drive types which offer much better and tighter turning capabilities. Because of the ease of turning however, these models have a slower speed to insure basic safety. Mid wheel electric powered wheelchairs have the tightest turning abilities but also have the propensity to be unsteady when stopping and starting off. They use added castor wheels and tip proof wheels but this might make it harder to use these on rough terrain.
Mobility scooters are the most desired type of electric chair. They can be bought in three and four wheel models and are available with front and rear wheel drive. They are more reasonably priced than electric wheelchairs and many are developed for their portability and ease of transport. They steer much like a bicycle and have controls that will allow you to manage acceleration. They are much lighter in weight and can be disassembled easily to transport around town. Front wheel Drive units can typically carry up to 160 lbs. and are made more for inside use while back wheel drive units can carry a max of 250 to 500 pounds based on the model, and can better handle the outdoor terrain if necessary.
Many thanks and I hope you learned some valuable information from this article. Best of luck and I hope you are ready to make an educated decision when acquiring the mobility equipment that is best for you.