We have seen some intense debates about wheelchairs vs scooters before and this debate is never ending. While some consumers prefer a mobility scooter, others stick to wheelchairs and then there are people who have difficulty choosing between the two. So let’s begin by outlining what we’re talking about:
A power wheelchair is run by battery and an electric motor. It is very useful for those who have limited use of their hands. Electric wheelchairs are capable of going long distances, turning in tight spaces and enduring tough terrain. Most electric wheelchairs are fold-able and can conveniently fit into closets and car trunks easily.
A mobility scooter generally has two or three wheels, a swivel seat, handlebars and is run by chargeable batteries. Those who use a mobility scooter should have good balance and the capability to use both hands for steering purposes. Scooters are larger than wheelchairs and are not as foldable. Mobility scooters are often used by those who are able to walk a few steps, stand and sit upright without support.
So, which one is right for me?
An electric wheelchair has the ability of catering to a variety of issues. You can arrange and move the leg rests for your comfort, operate and drive the wheelchair with a touch of just one control, never have to worry about stability issues, conquer tough terrain, choose from a variety of seat pads and cushions, fit into small areas, turn around in tight spaces, travel and customize it to fit all of your needs.
Scooters are large, wide and have restricted access to small areas, and because of this, they can be difficult to use indoors, especially in a house or apartment. Based on the size of the model, the seat area is generally one size fits all. Another thing to keep in mind is you have to use both hands to drive the scooter. Scooters are generally for those who have minor mobility issues and need some help when out of their home.
There are a variety of things you should consider that will help you make a better decision. If you just need something to get around when you leave your home, go grocery shopping, go to the mall or other public places, a scooter could be the right choice for you. On the other hand, if you need a mobility device that will go from home use to outdoors and everywhere in between, you will want to consider an electric wheelchair.
While both options have their individual uses, you have to choose the one that better suits your needs.