For people with limited mobility, going the distance can seem daunting and exhausting. If you are currently using a cane, walker, or wheelchair and get tired easily, it might be time to consider a power mobility scooter. Using a scooter or power chair can help you conserve your energy without having to give up your independence and freedom.
Power mobility products range in a variety of different types and generally fall into the category of compact, mid-sized, or full-size scooters. In order to find the right product for your lifestyle, it's important to know the differences so you can get the most out of your ride.
When making a decision, its important to ask yourself the following questions:
- What scooter will fit my weight requirements?
- Where will I be using the scooter?
- What range (distance) do I need the scooter to travel?
- How will the scooter be transported for outdoor use?
- Can I safely store my scooter when its not in use?
Compact & Travel Scooters
Compact and travel scooters are lightweight and some are foldable which makes them ideal for travel. They come in 3-wheel and 4-wheel options. Compact scooters are often used for travel, indoors use, or for short outdoor distances. The small frame makes the compact scooter ideal for tight spaces and they can often be stored inside a vehicle without the need of a ramp or lift. Compact and travel scooters are ideal for driving on smooth terrains due to their small tires and lightweight frame. These scooters usually accommodate a maximum user weight of up to 250 lbs. If you require a higher weight capacity then you must consider a larger scooter.
Mid-sized scooters are the most commonly purchased scooters and are primarily used outdoors. They also come in 3-wheel or 4-wheel options. Mid-size scooters accommodate a user weight capacity of up to 400 lbs and can reach higher speeds and travel range due to a larger battery. Due to the heavier frame, these scooters often provide a smoother ride on rough terrains. Although mid-sized scooters are bigger and heavier, many can be easily disassembled into five smaller pieces for easy transport or storage.
Another benefit to having a mid-sized scooter is the variety of accessory options available. You can fully load your ride with the following on select models:
Full-sized and off-road scooters can accommodate a user weight up to 450 lbs. They are often available in 4-wheel options only due to their large size. Full-sized scooters are ideal for long distances at high speeds. They perform exceptionally well on rough terrains and inclines. Due to their large size and speed, full-size scooters are intended for outdoor use only. They also require a ramp or lift in order to transport them in and out of a vehicle. Full-size scooters compatible with some accessories as well depending on the model.
Power chairs resemble motorized wheelchairs and are operated using a joystick located on one of the armrests. They are commonly used for people who use wheelchairs or have limited dexterity. Like mobility scooters, power chairs are available in compact, mid-sized, and full-sized options. You can select the right one depending on your needs based on the criteria shown above.
We understand the importance remaining independent and on the go. Finding the right power mobility product requires time and understanding so you can be confident in your purchase. The professionals at Healthcare Solutions can help you find the best product to fit your needs so you can reach your destination with ease. Visit one of our convenient locations for a consultation and test drive, no appointment needed!
This information is provided as an information resource only and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes. Always consult your physician before making any healthcare decisions.