Probabilities are that someday in your life you will be presented with using or buying a mobility aid unit. Thanks to my discussion with medical products provider Mike Messer, I was able to write this very informative article on manually operated wheelchairs, electric powered wheelchairs, and powered scooters. Knowing the variation between these units is very important if you are planning a buy so we sincerely hope that this knowledge will be rather helpful.
The two principal types of manual wheelchairs are foldable frame wheelchairs and rigid frame wheelchairs. Rigid frame wheelchairs include a seat back that folds up for transport. The wheels have axles that may be quick released making it easy to allow them to fit into a automobile. Most people are able to load their rigid wheelchair into a car 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 referred to as conventional wheelchairs. They are often heavy and sometimes difficult for a user to load up into a motor vehicle. They are constructed with a frame that may be easy to fold, but as pointed out before, these sorts of chairs may require you to need assistance loading them into your vehicle.
Electric wheelchairs commonly work with belts and gears in order to operate. They are typically silent in their operation. Belt drive models require more maintenance than gear drive versions. These styles come in all sizes and shapes and greatly vary in their sturdiness. Light frame units usually are wonderful for in house use while the heavy frame types fair better outdoors. There are back wheel drive units which are the most traditional and popular. They provide poor turning capabilities but have swifter speeds. There are Front wheel drive types which offer significantly better and tighter turning attributes. Because of the easiness of turning however, these types have a reduced speed to insure safety. Mid wheel electrical wheelchairs have the tightest turning abilities but also have the tendency to be unsteady when halting and starting off. They use additional castor wheels and tip proof wheels but this might make it more challenging to use these on harsh terrain.
Mobility scooters are the most favored type of motorized chair. They can be bought in three and four wheel styles and are available with front side and back wheel drive. They are more affordable than power wheelchairs and many are developed for their mobility and ease of transport. They steer much like a bicycle and have controls that allow you to control speed. They are much lighter weight and can be taken apart easily to transport around town. Front wheel Drive models can typically carry up to 160 lbs. and are made more for indoor use while rear wheel drive versions can carry a maximum of 250 to 500 pounds depending on the model, and can better handle the outdoor terrain if necessary.
Thanks a lot and I hope you discovered some beneficial information from this article. Good luck and I hope you are able to make an educated decision when buying the mobility device that is most effective for you.