Probabilities are that at some point in your life you will be faced with using or buying a mobility aid device. Thanks to my chat with medical equipment provider Mike Messer, I was able to write this very beneficial article on manual wheelchairs, electric powered wheelchairs, and mobility scooters. Knowing the variation between these devices is imperative if you are arranging a buy so ideally this information will be rather helpful.
The two main types of manual wheelchairs are foldable frame wheelchairs and rigid frame wheelchairs. Rigid frame wheelchairs include a seat back that folds for transport. The wheels have axles that can be rapid released making it easy to permit them to fit into a automobile. Most people are able to load up their rigid wheelchair into a car without help, because they are made of light aluminum and typically weigh a mere 10 to 20 lbs with out wheels. Foldable frame wheelchairs are standard wheelchairs or sometimes known as as conventional wheelchairs. They are often heavy and sometimes challenging for a user to load up into a vehicle. They are constructed with a frame that is easy to fold, but as pointed out before, these sorts of chairs may require you to need assistance loading them into your car.
Electric wheelchairs commonly work with belts and gears in order to operate. They are typically silent in their operations. Belt drive models require more maintenance than gear drive versions. These models come in all shapes and forms and greatly differ in their toughness. Light frame units usually are fantastic for indoor use while the heavy frame models fair better outside the house. There are back wheel drive models which are the most conventional and popular. They provide inferior turning capabilities but have faster speeds. There are Front wheel drive units which provide improved and tighter turning functions. Because of the easiness of turning however, these units have a slower speed to insure safety. Mid wheel electrical wheelchairs have the tightest turning abilities but also have the tendency to be unsteady when stopping and starting. They use additional castor wheels and tip-over proof wheels but this may make it harder to use these on harsh terrain.
Mobility scooters are the most preferred type of power-driven chair. They can be bought in three and four wheel versions and are available with front side 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 just like a bike and have controls which allow you to manage speed. They are much lighter and can be taken apart easily to transfer around town. Front wheel Drive models can typically hold up to 150 lbs. and are designed more for inside use while rear wheel drive units can carry a max of 250 to 500 pounds depending on the model, and can better deal with the outdoor surfaces if necessary.
Many thanks and I hope you learned some worthwhile information from this write-up. Best of luck and I hope you are able to make an informed decision when buying the mobility equipment that is most effective for you.