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Power Scooters vs Electric Wheelchairs: Which One Should You Get?

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Trying to decide what mobility equipment is right for you? While power scooters and electric wheelchairs are similar, they are certainly not the same. Both options have their own unique design as well as their respective pros and cons. Keep reading to learn more about these two options and to figure out which one might be right for you. 

Power Scooters, Explained

A power wheelchair, in general, has two or three wheels, handlebars, a flat area for feet, and is run by chargeable batteries. These devices cannot be folded. Additionally, those who are considering a power scooter should have good balance and arm ability to control the scooter. 

Pros

  • Come in different shapes and sizes
  • Faster than electric wheelchairs
  • Quick to assemble 

Cons

  • Heavier than a wheelchair
  • Bulky
  • Difficult to navigate in tight spaces
  • Difficult to transport
  • Usually more expensive than an electric wheelchair 

Electric Wheelchairs, Explained

An electric wheelchair is a wheelchair that is powered by an electrical motor. With the help of a joystick, the user can navigate the wheelchair. It offers back and sides support for the user. Lastly, these wheelchairs come with up to six wheels and adjustable leg rests.

Pros

  • Plenty of seating options
  • Can handle a wide range of terrains
  • Transportable
  • Tighter turning radius

Cons

  • Doesn’t go as fast as a power scooter
  • Requires more maintenance
  • The battery must be changed regularly 

Which is Right For You? 

Deciding which one of these devices is the best for you requires a lot of reflection and evaluation. Think about your lifestyle and your current mobility. Are you generally an active person? Can you sit upright and stand on your own? If you’ve answered yes to those questions, a mobility scooter may be right for you.

If you have limited mobility in your upper and lower body, a power wheelchair may be the best option for you. These devices are easy to transport and will help you remain active. This is also a good solution for those with limited space at home and needs a solution that they can easily store away. 

Still Can’t Decide?

If you’re having trouble deciding which device is right for you, the professionals at Freedom Mobility can help you decide. As an Annapolis wheelchair store with certified Assistive Technology Professionals, we can help you make the best decision based on your needs. Contact us today to get started.