Electric Wheelchair or Mobility Scooter

If you are looking to invest in a mobility aid to help you with daily living. There is a good chance you have come across the terms “mobility scooter” and “electric wheelchair” online. Whilst both are effective equipment in offering greater freedom and independence, choosing which investment is best for your needs can be difficult if you are new to the world of mobility products.

The good news is that we have put together we have done most of the hard work for you by putting together comparative guide on mobility scooters versus electric wheelchairs to help you make an informed decision.

What is the difference between Powerchairs and Mobility Scooters?

Electric Wheelchairs – Powerchairs usually have four or six wheels and are battery-powered. They may be equipped with rear, mid or front wheel drive depending on the type of model. Most of our customers find themselves naturally progressing from a manual to an electric wheelchair when they can no longer self-propel due to fatigue or any impairments.

Mobility Scooters are also battery powered and are equipped delta style handlebars- as well as either three or four wheels. There are three main categories: compact, pavement and road scooter.

Comfort, Support and Adjustability

As we outlined earlier, having the perfect support and comfort from your mobility scooter or electric wheelchair will ensure a smooth ride as well as avoid putting you at risk.

Electric wheelchairs offer several adaptable features such as:

Mobility Scooters also offer some adaptable features such as:

Indoor and outdoor Manoeuvrability

Having a mobility aid that handles well in various environments should be a big factor in your shopping journey.

One of the major advantages of investing in a powerchair is the fact that they have the tightest turning circle and are designed to navigate around tight spaces like hallways and bathrooms without difficulty, hence they are a popular choice for use in the home. Foldable electric wheelchairs are much easier to disembark as there are less barriers in the way such as handlebars or a step. Most powerchairs are designed with handles on the rear, which means that its easy for a carer to help the user need be.

Mobility Scooters can be used both indoors and outdoors, however, they do perform as effective as powerchairs in more tight spaces.

Day to Day use

Getting around the house – electric wheelchairs are more compact and have small turning radius for getting around tight spaces such as hallways.

Spending long periods of time sat down – powerchairs offer more adjustable seating positions and movements to make sure you are comfortable during prolonged periods of use.

Controlling – electric wheelchairs require minimal arm movement to operate, which is a good feature for users that have low strength in arms.

For more information on choosing the best folding powerchair , speak to one of our specialist team members.

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