Odds are that at some time in your life you will be confronted with using or acquiring a mobility aid product. Thanks to my discussion with medical gear provider Mike Messer, I was able to create this very helpful article on manually operated wheelchairs, powered wheelchairs, and powered scooters. Knowing the distinction between these devices is imperative if you are planning a buy so ideally 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 may be quick released making it easy to permit them to fit into a motor vehicle. Most people are able to load their rigid wheelchair into a car without aid, because they are constructed of light aluminum and normally weigh a mere 10 to 20 pounds without wheels. Folding frame wheelchairs are traditional wheelchairs or sometimes referred to as conventional wheelchairs. They are often weighty and sometimes hard for a user to load up into a vehicle. They are created with a frame that is easy to fold, but as described before, these types of chairs may require you to need help loading them into your car.
Electric wheelchairs generally utilize belts and gears in order to operate. They are typically silent in their operation. Belt drive versions require more routine maintenance than gear drive models. These models come in all sizes and shapes and greatly differ in their toughness. Light frame units usually are wonderful for in house use while the heavy frame types fair better outside the house. There are rear wheel drive models which are the most conventional and popular. They provide poor turning capabilities but have faster speeds. There are Front wheel drive types which offer improved and tighter turning functions. 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 additional castor wheels and tip-over proof wheels but this may make it more challenging to use these on difficult terrain.
Mobility scooters are the most favored type of electric chair. They come in three and four wheel styles and are obtainable with front and rear wheel drive. They are more inexpensive than power wheelchairs and many are developed for their ease of mobility and ease of transportation. They steer similar to 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 units can typically carry up to 160 lbs. and are designed 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 deal with the outdoor terrain if necessary.
Many thanks and I hope you learned some worthwhile information from this write-up. Good luck and I hope you are confident enough to make an knowledgeable decision when purchasing the mobility equipment that is best for you.