Odds are that at some time in your life you will be faced with using or buying a mobility aid unit. Thanks to my discussion with medical equipment provider Mike Messer, I was able to prepare this very informative article on manual wheelchairs, electric wheelchairs, and powered scooters. Knowing the big difference between these units is essential if you are considering a purchase so with any luck this information will be very helpful.
The two main types of manual wheelchairs are foldable frame wheelchairs and rigid style wheelchairs. Rigid frame wheelchairs have a seat back that folds up for transport. The wheels have axles that may be quick released making it easy to permit them to fit into a motor vehicle. Most users are able to load up their rigid wheelchair into a vehicle without assistance, because they are made of light aluminum and typically 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 up 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 assistance loading them into your vehicle.
Electric wheelchairs typically utilize belts and gears in order to function. They are typically quiet in their operation. Belt drive models require more upkeep than gear drive units. These models come in all sizes and shapes and greatly vary in their toughness. Light frame models usually are great for indoor use while the heavy frame types fair better outside. There are back wheel drive models which are the most standard and popular. They provide inferior turning abilities but have faster speeds. There are Front wheel drive units which offer significantly better and tighter turning attributes. Because of the easiness of turning however, these units have a reduced speed to insure basic safety. Mid wheel electric powered wheelchairs have the tightest turning capabilities but also have the propensity to be unsteady when stopping and starting off. They use added castor wheels and tip proof wheels but this may possibly make it harder to use these on rough terrain.
Mobility scooters are the most favored type of motor-driven chair. They come in three and four wheel models and are available with front side and rear wheel drive. They are more affordable than power wheelchairs and many are designed for their mobility and ease of transportation. They steer just like a bicycle and have controls which allow you to control acceleration. They are much lighter weight and can be taken apart easily to transport around town. Front wheel Drive units can typically carry up to 150 lbs. and are designed more for inside use while back wheel drive models can carry a maximum of 250 to 500 pounds depending on the model, and can better handle the outdoor surfaces if necessary.
Many thanks and I hope you acquired some beneficial information from this article. Good luck and I hope you are ready to make an educated decision when purchasing the mobility equipment that is best for you.