Probabilities are that sometime in your life you will be presented with using or purchasing a mobility aid unit. Thanks to my discussion with medical gear provider Mike Messer, I was able to prepare this very helpful article on manual wheelchairs, electric wheelchairs, and electric scooters. Knowing the variation between these units is imperative if you are planning a purchase so hopefully this knowledge will be very helpful.
The two major types of manual wheelchairs are folding frame wheelchairs and rigid style wheelchairs. Rigid frame wheelchairs include a seat back that folds for travel. The wheels have axles that can be rapid released making it easy to allow them to fit into a motor vehicle. Most users are able to load their rigid wheelchair into a vehicle without assistance, because they are made of lightweight aluminum and typically weigh a mere 10 to 20 pounds with out wheels. Folding 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 built with a frame which is easy to fold, but as described before, these sorts of chairs may require you to need help loading them into your car.
Electric wheelchairs typically make use of belts and gears in order to function. They are typically silent in their operations. Belt drive versions require more routine maintenance than gear drive units. These styles come in all shapes and forms and greatly differ in their toughness. Light frame units usually are great for in house use while the heavy frame types fair better outside the house. There are rear wheel drive units which are the most traditional and popular. They provide inferior turning capabilities but have quicker speeds. There are Front wheel drive models which offer much better and tighter turning capabilities. Because of the easiness of turning however, these units have a slower speed to insure basic safety. Mid wheel electric wheelchairs have the tightest turning capabilities but also have the propensity to be unsteady when stopping and starting off. They use added castor wheels and tip-over proof wheels but this may make it harder to use these on harsh terrain.
Mobility scooters are the most favored type of power-driven chair. They come in three and four wheel versions and are obtainable with front side and rear wheel drive. They are more affordable than power wheelchairs and many are developed for their ease of mobility and ease of transportation. They steer just like a bike and have controls that will allow you to control acceleration. They are much lighter and can be taken apart easily to transfer around town. Front wheel Drive versions can typically carry up to 160 lbs. and are designed more for indoor use while rear wheel drive models can carry a maximum of 250 to 500 pounds depending on the model, and can better deal with the outdoor surfaces if necessary.
Thank you and I hope you acquired some valuable information from this article. Best of luck and I hope you are ready to make an well informed decision when purchasing the mobility equipment that is most effective for you.