The Lowdown On Traditional Wheelchairs, Powered Wheelchairs, And Disability Scooters.

Possibilities are that at some time in your life you will be faced with using or getting a mobility aid unit. Thanks to my chat with medical gear provider Mike Messer, I was able to write this very useful article on manually operated wheelchairs, electric powered wheelchairs, and electric scooters. Knowing the difference between these products is essential if you are considering a buy so ideally this information will be very helpful.

The two main types of manual wheelchairs are foldable frame wheelchairs and rigid style wheelchairs. Rigid frame wheelchairs have a seat back that folds for travel. The wheels have axles that may be quick released making it easy to enable them to fit into a automobile. Most users are able to load up their rigid wheelchair into a car without assistance, because they are made of light-weight aluminum and usually weigh a mere 10 to 20 pounds with out wheels. Foldable frame wheelchairs are standard wheelchairs or sometimes referred to as conventional wheelchairs. They are often heavy and sometimes hard for a user to load up into a vehicle. They are built with a frame that is easy to fold, but as mentioned before, these sorts of chairs may call for you to need help loading them into your car.

Electric wheelchairs generally make use of belts and gears in order to function. They are typically silent in their operations. Belt drive types require more routine maintenance than gear drive versions. These styles come in all shapes and sizes and greatly differ in their durability. Light frame units usually are wonderful for in house use while the heavy frame types fair better outside. There are back wheel drive models which are the most conventional and popular. They provide inferior turning abilities but have quicker speeds. There are Front wheel drive types which provide much better and tighter turning functions. Because of the ease of turning however, these types have a reduced speed to insure safety. Mid wheel electric powered wheelchairs have the tightest turning abilities but also have the propensity to be unsteady when stopping and starting off. They use added castor wheels and tip proof wheels but this may possibly make it harder to use these on rough terrain.

Mobility scooters are the most preferred type of motorized chair. They can be bought in three and four wheel styles and are available with front side and rear wheel drive. They are more affordable than electric wheelchairs and many are designed for their ease of mobility and ease of transport. They steer just like a bicycle and have controls which allow you to manage speed. They are much lighter in 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 indoor use while rear wheel drive versions can carry a max of 250 to 500 pounds based 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 write-up. Best of luck and I hope you are ready to make an knowledgeable decision when acquiring the mobility device that is most effective for you.