Chances are that sometime in your life you will be challenged with using or buying a mobility aid product. Thanks to my discussion with medical gear provider Mike Messer, I was able to compose this very useful article on manually operated wheelchairs, electrical wheelchairs, and mobility scooters. Knowing the variation between these instruments is very important if you are arranging a purchase so hopefully this knowledge will be very helpful.
The two main types of manual wheelchairs are folding frame wheelchairs and rigid frame wheelchairs. Rigid frame wheelchairs have a seat back that folds for transportation. The wheels have axles that can be rapid released making it easy to allow them to fit into a motor vehicle. Most people are able to load up their rigid wheelchair into a car without aid, because they are made of light-weight 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 weighty and sometimes challenging for a user to load up into a motor vehicle. They are manufactured with a frame that is easy to fold, but as mentioned before, these kinds of chairs may require you to need assistance loading them into your vehicle.
Electric wheelchairs typically work with belts and gears in order to operate. They are typically silent in their operation. Belt drive types require more routine maintenance than gear drive units. These styles come in all sizes and shapes and greatly vary in their sturdiness. Light frame units usually are wonderful for indoor use while the heavy frame types fair better outdoors. There are rear wheel drive units which are the most traditional and popular. They provide inferior turning capabilities but have swifter speeds. There are Front wheel drive units which offer improved and tighter turning attributes. Because of the easiness of turning however, these models have a slower speed to insure basic safety. Mid wheel electrical wheelchairs have the tightest turning capabilities but also have the tendency to be unsteady when halting and starting. They use extra castor wheels and tip proof wheels but this may possibly 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 versions and are available with front and rear wheel drive. They are more reasonably priced than electric powered wheelchairs and many are designed for their ease of mobility and ease of transport. They steer just like a bicycle and have controls which allow you to manage speed. They are much lighter weight and can be taken apart easily to transport around town. Front wheel Drive models can typically carry up to 150 lbs. and are made more for inside use while back wheel drive models can carry a max of 250 to 500 pounds based on the model, and can better handle the outdoor terrain if necessary.
Thank you and I hope you learned some valuable information from this article. Best of luck and I hope you are ready to make an informed decision when purchasing the mobility device that is best for you.