Probabilities are that at some time in your life you will be confronted with using or acquiring a mobility aid device. Thanks to my discussion with medical equipment provider Mike Messer, I was able to create this very educational article on manually operated wheelchairs, electric powered wheelchairs, and electric scooters. Knowing the variation between these devices is crucial if you are arranging a buy so ideally this knowledge will be rather helpful.
The two main types of manual wheelchairs are foldable frame wheelchairs and rigid frame wheelchairs. Rigid frame wheelchairs include a seat back that folds up for transportation. The wheels have axles that may be rapid released making it easy to permit them to fit into a motor vehicle. Most users are able to load their rigid wheelchair into a vehicle without help, because they are made of light-weight aluminum and usually weigh a mere 10 to 20 lbs with out wheels. Foldable frame wheelchairs are traditional wheelchairs or sometimes referred to as conventional wheelchairs. They are often heavy and sometimes challenging for a user to load into a vehicle. They are created with a frame that is easy to fold, but as described before, these sorts of chairs may require you to need assistance loading them into your vehicle.
Electric wheelchairs commonly make use of belts and gears in order to operate. They are typically silent in their operations. Belt drive versions require more maintenance than gear drive models. These styles come in all shapes and forms and greatly differ in their toughness. Light frame units usually are great for indoor use while the heavy frame units fair better outside the house. There are rear wheel drive models which are the most standard and popular. They provide inferior turning capabilities 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 models have a reduced speed to insure basic safety. Mid wheel electric wheelchairs have the tightest turning capabilities 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 harder to use these on harsh terrain.
Mobility scooters are the most favored type of power-driven chair. They can be bought in three and four wheel models and are available with front side and rear wheel drive. They are more inexpensive than electric powered wheelchairs and many are developed for their mobility and ease of transport. They steer just like a bike and have controls which allow you to control acceleration. They are much lighter weight and can be disassembled easily to transport around town. Front wheel Drive versions 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 based on the model, and can better deal with the outdoor surfaces if necessary.
Many thanks and I hope you learned some worthwhile information from this write-up. Good luck and I hope you are confident enough to make an knowledgeable decision when purchasing the mobility device that is best for you.