Odds are that at some time in your life you will be faced with using or purchasing a mobility aid device. Thanks to my discussion with medical products provider Mike Messer, I was able to create this very helpful article on manually operated wheelchairs, electric powered wheelchairs, and mobility scooters. Knowing the variation between these products is very important if you are planning a buy so we sincerely hope that this knowledge will be quite helpful.
The two principal types of manual wheelchairs are foldable frame wheelchairs and rigid style wheelchairs. Rigid frame wheelchairs include a seat back that folds up for transport. The wheels have axles that can be rapid released making it easy to enable them to fit into a motor vehicle. Most users are able to load their rigid wheelchair into a vehicle without help, because they are constructed of light-weight aluminum and typically weigh a mere 10 to 20 pounds without wheels. Folding frame wheelchairs are traditional wheelchairs or sometimes known as as conventional wheelchairs. They are often heavy and sometimes challenging for a user to load into a vehicle. They are manufactured with a frame that may be easy to fold, but as mentioned before, these kinds of chairs may require you to need assistance loading them into your car.
Electric wheelchairs typically work with belts and gears in order to operate. They are typically silent in their operations. Belt drive types require more upkeep than gear drive versions. These models come in all sizes and shapes and greatly differ in their durability. Light frame models usually are great for indoor use while the heavy frame models fair better outdoors. There are back wheel drive models which are the most conventional and popular. They provide inferior turning capabilities but have swifter speeds. There are Front wheel drive models which offer improved and tighter turning capabilities. Because of the ease of turning however, these models 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 stopping and starting off. They use extra castor wheels and tip-over proof wheels but this may make it tougher to use these on harsh terrain.
Mobility scooters are the most desired type of electric chair. They can be bought in three and four wheel versions and are available with front and back wheel drive. They are more affordable than electric wheelchairs and many are designed for their mobility and ease of transportation. They steer just like a bike and have controls that will allow you to control speed. They are much lighter weight and can be disassembled easily to transfer around town. Front wheel Drive versions can typically hold up to 150 lbs. and are designed more for inside use while rear wheel drive versions 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 worthwhile information from this article. Good luck and I hope you are able to make an well informed decision when buying the mobility equipment that is best for you.