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4 Alternatives to Manual Wheelchairs

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I can't thank Kelly and her staff enough for how helpful and caring they have been during my mother's recovery. It is obvious that they have the client's best interests in mind. I highly recommend this company!
- Jill Layton Alperstein

When you need a long-term mobility solution, you may be wondering which options go beyond the capabilities and comforts of manual wheelchairs. Whether you’re limited in upper body or arm movement, or you’re simply looking for something different, there are plenty of mobility products that require less energy and allow you to get around with ease. Here’s a look at some alternatives to manual wheelchairs:

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Powered Wheelchairs

Powered wheelchairs, as the name suggests, are wheelchairs that use electricity to operate. The user controls chair movement via a joystick or remote located on either side of the wheelchair. This option is great for people with limited mobility, since it doesn’t require strength to operate properly. There is an abundance of options available when it comes to powered wheelchairs, and the Assistive Technology Professionals at Freedom Mobility can help you find the ideal chair for you.

Mobility Scooters

The main differences between powered wheelchairs and mobility scooters are in the wheels, steering system, and seating. Scooters have 3-4 wheels, a tiller for steering, and a seat that swivels. A powered wheelchair has 4-6 wheels, a drive system, and a stationary seat. Mobility scooters are the better option for individuals who:

  • Have some ability to stand and walk.
  • Enjoy traveling .
  • Have difficulty managing a cane, walker, or crutches.
  • Experience frequent joint paint or arthritis.
  • Carry oxygen with them while mobile.

Positioning Wheelchairs

For those who are looking for a more flexible wheelchair, a positioning wheelchair is another great alternative. These chairs allow users to tilt and recline to various degrees. They also come equipped with added support for the user’s head, legs, feet, and arms.


If you’re still able to walk, but have a difficult time doing so for long periods of time, a rollator is a good option for you. It’s less bulky than a wheelchair or a scooter, and you’re able to move into difficult locations that may not be accessible with a wider wheelchair or scooter. Rollators can come with seats, too, so you have the ability to sit down whenever you please.

We’ll Help You Find Your Right Mobility Solution

Freedom Mobility is here to help you find the best mobility equipment for you or your loved one. Whether you’re looking for Maryland mobility scooter rental or are interested in purchasing a new wheelchair, we’re sure to have the right solution. Come visit our showroom in Hanover, MD to test out mobility options, or contact us today to get started on the path to better mobility.