Manual wheelchairs, power chairs and scooters each have their own advantages and disadvantages. Choosing the one that’s right for you is one of the most important decisions you will make. Your doctor and physical therapist are invaluable resources when it comes to deciding on the kind of mobility assistance you need and your doctor’s prescription will be required for many forms of medical coverage. But it’s helpful to take an an initial look at the of each type of mobility equipment.
Manual wheelchairs do their job, and they do it admirably. If you have sufficient upper-body strength, you can propel yourself quite easily. Manual chairs are available in a variety of models, from standard to sport. Lightweight models are specially engineered with performance, strength and durability in mind. They’re easily folded and stored away.
If you cannot self-propel, a power chair can allow you to get around easily and independently. Because a variety of options is available, a power chair can accommodate a range of mobility issues. Travel power chairs are available, as are models with center-wheel drive, which offers a tight-turning radius.
A power scooter is idea for someone who has mobility issues but doesn’t need a wheelchair. Many power scooters can be customized and assembled and disassembled easily for travel. Some models can move more quickly than a power wheelchair.