Possibilities are that at some time in your life you will be challenged with using or getting a mobility aid unit. Thanks to my conversation with medical equipment provider Mike Messer, I was able to write this very helpful article on manual wheelchairs, electrical wheelchairs, and electric scooters. Knowing the difference between these instruments is crucial if you are preparing a buy so ideally this information will be very helpful.
The two main types of manual wheelchairs are foldable frame wheelchairs and rigid frame wheelchairs. Rigid frame wheelchairs have a seat back that folds for transport. The wheels have axles that may be quick released making it easy to allow them to fit into a vehicle. Most people are able to load up their rigid wheelchair into a car without assistance, because they are constructed of lightweight aluminum and usually weigh a mere 10 to 20 pounds without wheels. Foldable frame wheelchairs are traditional wheelchairs or sometimes known as as conventional wheelchairs. They are often heavy and sometimes hard for a user to load up into a motor vehicle. They are built with a frame that is easy to fold, but as pointed out before, these sorts of chairs may require you to need assistance loading them into your car.
Electric wheelchairs commonly make use of belts and gears in order to operate. They are typically silent in their operation. Belt drive models require more routine maintenance than gear drive models. These styles come in all sizes and shapes and greatly differ in their toughness. Light frame models usually are wonderful for indoor use while the heavy frame units fair better outside the house. There are back wheel drive models which are the most standard and popular. They provide poor turning capabilities but have faster speeds. There are Front wheel drive types which offer much better and tighter turning functions. Because of the easiness of turning however, these units have a reduced speed to insure basic safety. Mid wheel electric 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 proof wheels but this may possibly make it tougher to use these on difficult terrain.
Mobility scooters are the most desired type of motorized chair. They can be bought in three and four wheel versions and are available with front side and rear wheel drive. They are more inexpensive than power wheelchairs and many are designed for their mobility and ease of transportation. They steer much like a bicycle and have controls that allow you to manage acceleration. They are much lighter weight and can be disassembled 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 units can carry a maximum of 250 to 500 pounds depending on the model, and can better deal with the outdoor surfaces if necessary.
Many thanks and I hope you discovered some worthwhile information from this article. Best of luck and I hope you are able to make an knowledgeable decision when acquiring the mobility equipment that is best for you.