Possibilities are that someday in your life you will be confronted with using or buying a mobility aid device. Thanks to my conversation with medical devices provider Mike Messer, I was able to write this very educational article on manual wheelchairs, electrical wheelchairs, and mobility scooters. Knowing the variation between these instruments is very important if you are arranging a purchase so we sincerely hope that this knowledge will be rather helpful.
The two main types of manual wheelchairs are folding frame wheelchairs and rigid frame wheelchairs. Rigid frame wheelchairs possess a seat back that folds up for travel. The wheels have axles that can be quick released making it easy to permit them to fit into a car. Most people are able to load up their rigid wheelchair into a car without assistance, because they are made of lightweight aluminum and typically weigh a mere 10 to 20 lbs without wheels. Foldable frame wheelchairs are traditional wheelchairs or sometimes known as conventional wheelchairs. They are often heavy and sometimes difficult for a user to load up into a vehicle. They are constructed with a frame which 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 typically utilize belts and gears in order to operate. They are typically quiet in their operation. Belt drive models require more maintenance than gear drive units. These styles come in all shapes and forms and greatly differ in their sturdiness. Light frame models usually are fantastic for in house use while the heavy frame models fair better outside. There are back wheel drive models which are the most traditional and popular. They provide inferior turning abilities but have quicker speeds. There are Front wheel drive models which provide much better and tighter turning functions. Because of the ease of turning however, these units have a reduced speed to insure basic safety. Mid wheel electric powered wheelchairs have the tightest turning abilities but also have the propensity to be unsteady when stopping and starting. They use added castor wheels and tip-over proof wheels but this may make it tougher to use these on rough terrain.
Mobility scooters are the most desired type of motor-driven chair. They come in three and four wheel styles and are available with front side and rear wheel drive. They are more inexpensive than power 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 weight and can be taken apart easily to transfer 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 maximum of 250 to 500 pounds depending on the model, and can better deal with the outdoor terrain if necessary.
Thanks a lot and I hope you learned some valuable information from this article. Best of luck and I hope you are ready to make an knowledgeable decision when buying the mobility equipment that is best for you.