Probabilities are that at some point in your life you will be confronted with using or purchasing a mobility aid unit. Thanks to my discussion with medical products provider Mike Messer, I was able to write this very beneficial article on manually operated wheelchairs, electric powered wheelchairs, and mobility scooters. Knowing the difference between these products is very important if you are planning a purchase so hopefully this knowledge will be quite helpful.
The two major types of manual wheelchairs are folding frame wheelchairs and rigid style wheelchairs. Rigid frame wheelchairs possess a seat back that folds up for transport. The wheels have axles that can be quick released making it easy to enable them to fit into a vehicle. Most users are able to load their rigid wheelchair into a car without aid, because they are made of lightweight aluminum and typically weigh a mere 10 to 20 pounds with out wheels. Folding frame wheelchairs are traditional wheelchairs or sometimes referred to as conventional wheelchairs. They are often heavy and sometimes challenging for a user to load up into a motor vehicle. They are built with a frame that is easy to fold, but as pointed out before, these types of chairs may call for you to need help loading them into your car.
Electric wheelchairs typically make use of belts and gears in order to function. They are typically quiet in their operation. Belt drive models require more maintenance than gear drive versions. These models come in all shapes and sizes and greatly differ in their durability. Light frame types usually are fantastic for indoor use while the heavy frame types fair better outside. There are back wheel drive models which are the most traditional and popular. They provide poor turning capabilities but have swifter speeds. There are Front wheel drive types which offer significantly better and tighter turning attributes. Because of the easiness of turning however, these types have a reduced speed to insure safety. Mid wheel electrical wheelchairs have the tightest turning abilities but also have the propensity to be unsteady when halting and starting. They use additional castor wheels and tip-over proof wheels but this may possibly make it harder to use these on harsh terrain.
Mobility scooters are the most desired type of motorized chair. They come in three and four wheel models and are available with front side and back wheel drive. They are more affordable than electric powered wheelchairs and many are developed for their mobility and ease of transport. They steer just like a bicycle and have controls that will allow you to control acceleration. They are much lighter and can be taken apart easily to transport around town. Front wheel Drive models can typically carry up to 160 lbs. and are designed more for inside use while rear wheel drive versions can carry a max of 250 to 500 pounds depending on the model, and can better handle the outdoor surfaces if necessary.
Thank you and I hope you discovered some worthwhile information from this write-up. Good luck and I hope you are confident enough to make an informed decision when buying the mobility equipment that is best for you.