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The Difference Between Mobility Scooters and Power 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
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When it comes to your mobility, choosing the right piece of equipment is very important not only for your ability to get from place to place, but for your specific needs and goals. Today we’re going to take a look at the major differences between mobility scooters and power wheelchairs to help you determine which is right for you.

What is a Power Wheelchair?

  The Difference Between Mobility Scooters and Power Wheelchairs A power wheelchair is a mobility device that can be operated from a comfortable, seated position. They come in front-wheel, back-wheel, and mid-wheel variations based on which wheel drives the chair. The driving wheel can make a lot of difference in the overall performance of the chair and thus, is quite important. For example, mid-wheel models often offer the best turning radius of the three types of power wheelchairs.

Who are they for?

Power wheelchairs are geared towards patients who need assistance on a daily basis. They’re also good for patients who experience limited motion in their arms and legs, as the mechanism to operate them is often a simple joystick that doesn’t require very much movement. In the event that the patient cannot operate the joystick, there are also breath-powered options.

What is a Mobility Scooter?

  The Difference Between Mobility Scooters and Power Wheelchairs A mobility scooter is a mobility device that patients can ride to aid with traveling various distances. They come in both 3 and 4 wheel varieties depending on your needs. Four-wheel scooters can be better for the outdoors as they will be more stable, but they will lack maneuverability. Three-wheel scooters, on the other hand, have a better turning radius, though not as tight as the power wheelchair.

Who are they for?

Patients who have a wider range of movement in their arms and legs are better candidates for mobility scooters, as they are operated by handlebars. If the patient only struggles with walking long distances and simply needs help due to a diminished strength, then this may be a good fit.

Freedom Mobility Can Help Get You Moving!

Whether you’re looking for a mobility scooter, power wheelchair, or any other mobility device, we can help you find the right option. Our experts are highly knowledgeable about Maryland electric wheelchairs. You can also come by our showroom in Hanover, Maryland to try some of our equipment to help you make your decision. We look forward to becoming a part of your care team!