It’s important to understand the difference between power wheelchairs and scooters. Many people think that mobile wheelchairs scooters are the same thing, but that’s not the case. A mobile wheelchair scooter is two different products with completely different features. Let’s look first at the differences between mobile wheelchairs scooters. Then, we’ll provide you with a few examples.
Major Differences Between Scooters and Power Wheelchairs
One of the primary differences between mobile wheelchairs scooters is how you drive them. With a scooter, you steer using handlebars attached to a tiller. Some models require both hands, while others can be operated one-handed. But either way, the operator must be able to hold his or her arms up with relative ease. Power wheelchairs, on the other hand, are operated using a joystick at the end of an armrest. Users with the mobility to operate a tiller will likely enjoy the direct handling and ease of use. Users who lack that mobility will appreciate the ability to stay mobile using a power wheelchair’s joystick.
Another significant difference is the wheel and drive style. Most power scooters come with three or four wheels, but power wheelchairs usually come with six. Usually power wheelchairs feature two large drive wheels plus four casters that add stability.
Lastly, power wheelchairs come equipped with a flip-up foot platform that is often height adjustable. Scooters, on the other hand, have a non-adjustable platform. Users who can step up onto a platform without difficulty will enjoy the versatility of their scooter. Users who need additional help transferring to their mobility solution will appreciate the flip-up foot platforms on power wheelchairs.
Now that you understand the basic differences between a mobile wheelchair and a power scooter, let’s examine some great mobility solutions.
Jazzy® Zero Turn 4-Wheel Scooter
Among mobile wheelchairs scooters, the Jazzy® Zero Turn 4-Wheel Scooter is an excellent choice. Its iTurn Technology®, enables an unprecedented level of maneuverability for a 4-wheel scooter. It also features feather-touch disassembly, enabling you or a loved one to take it apart with ease, for either transport or storage. You’ll also enjoy the convenience of a USB charging port right on the tiller. Keep your smartphone juiced up and ready to go!
Go Chair® Power Wheelchair
The Go Chair is a great example of a mobile wheelchair you might be thinking of when you hear the term mobile wheelchair scooter. It’s highly portable and features feather-touch disassembly as well. The five-point swivel seat can be pivoted to the side using an easy latch release. Use this to pivot to the side and sit at a table, without ever leaving your Go Chair.
Jazzy® Elite ES Portable Power Wheelchair
The Jazzy Elite ES Portable is another great portable power wheelchair. If you’ve been looking for mobile wheelchairs scooters and now realize you’re really looking for a wheelchair, not a scooter, this could be the one for you. With large front-wheel drive wheels, you can navigate uneven terrain with ease, and the front anti-tip casters keep you stable. This wheelchair also features easy disassembly for storage or transport.
Now that you know that a mobile wheelchair scooter is two completely different mobility products, you’re one step closer to finding the device that’s right for you. For more help with this decision, contact us today. We’re ready to help!