Chances are that sometime in your life you will be presented with using or getting a mobility aid device. Thanks to my chat with medical devices provider Mike Messer, I was able to create this very educational article on manual wheelchairs, electric wheelchairs, and mobility scooters. Knowing the difference between these units is essential if you are considering a buy so we sincerely hope that this information will be quite helpful.
The two main types of manual wheelchairs are foldable frame wheelchairs and rigid frame wheelchairs. Rigid frame wheelchairs have a seat back that folds up for transportation. The wheels have axles that may be rapid released making it easy to allow them to fit into a motor vehicle. Most users are able to load up their rigid wheelchair into a car without aid, because they are made of lightweight aluminum and usually weigh a mere 10 to 20 lbs without wheels. Foldable frame wheelchairs are standard wheelchairs or sometimes referred to as conventional wheelchairs. They are often heavy and sometimes difficult for a user to load into a motor vehicle. They are constructed with a frame that may be easy to fold, but as mentioned before, these types of chairs may call for you to need assistance loading them into your car.
Electric wheelchairs generally utilize belts and gears in order to function. They are typically silent in their operations. Belt drive versions require more upkeep than gear drive versions. These models come in all shapes and sizes and greatly vary in their toughness. Light frame types usually are fantastic for indoor use while the heavy frame units fair better outdoors. There are back wheel drive units which are the most conventional and popular. They provide poor turning capabilities but have swifter speeds. There are Front wheel drive models which offer improved and tighter turning capabilities. Because of the ease of turning however, these units have a slower speed to insure safety. Mid wheel electric wheelchairs have the tightest turning capabilities but also have the propensity to be unsteady when stopping and starting. They use additional castor wheels and tip proof wheels but this might make it more challenging to use these on harsh terrain.
Mobility scooters are the most desired type of motor-driven chair. They can be bought in three and four wheel models and are obtainable with front and back wheel drive. They are more reasonably priced than electric powered wheelchairs and many are designed for their ease of mobility and ease of transportation. They steer similar to a bike and have controls which allow you to manage acceleration. They are much lighter in weight and can be taken apart easily to transport around town. Front wheel Drive versions can typically carry up to 150 lbs. and are made more for indoor 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 surfaces if necessary.
Many thanks and I hope you discovered some beneficial information from this write-up. Good luck and I hope you are ready to make an educated decision when buying the mobility device that is best for you.