Should I Buy A Mobility Scooter Or A Power Chair

August 9, 2013 by  
Filed under Traveling tips

If you experience mobility difficulties and would like to become more independent, then choosing to purchase a mobility scooter or power chair is probably the first thing on your list. But how do you know which one you need? Should you purchase a mobility scooter or a power chair? By knowing what benefits come from owning each, you can make an informed decision and ultimately choose the mobility device that will better suit your individual needs.

As far as maneuverability is concerned, both mobility scooters and power chairs are easy to navigate and both give you much more independence to go where you want or need to go without the help of others. When you are considering the space that it takes to turn, however, there is a slight difference in the two. A power chair, for example can turn on a radius as small as 18 inches, while most mobility scooters require 32 inches for turning. If space is a major concern, then you may find a power chair more beneficial. Power chairs and mobility scooters can both be very easily navigated through narrow hallways, thresholds, and uneven surfaces, although if you are planning outdoor activities, you should consider that there are 4 wheel versions of mobility scooters that are ideally designed for outdoor use.

For adjustability to maintain your ultimate comfort, both power chairs and mobility scooters are very well designed. On a power chair, the armrests, footrests, and seat can all be adjusted and angled to a position that will allow you to find the most comfort. On a mobility scooter, you can adjust the seat and handlebars also, although you may not have as many adjustment options available.

If you are concerned at stability and safety in using a mobility device, rest assured that both a power chair and a mobility scooter are perfectly safe and you can set maximum speeds if it makes you feel more comfortable, so that you are always traveling within your comfort zone. Most power chairs, in addition, are equipped with wheels that protect against tipping. Many mobility scooters also have safety features installed, such as wheel locks, so that you can feel completely safe when using them.

Ultimately the decision on whether to purchase a mobility scooter or power chair will depend on your personal preferences, areas of concern, and your individual needs. Either mobility device will help you tremendously in the act of becoming more independent and getting around better than you could without them. Whichever device you decide on, make sure that you have researched all possible models to ensure that you have chosen the mobility device that will benefit you most, in terms of features, functionality, and budget.

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