Scooters Vs Power Wheelchairs Pros and Cons
or old age makes a person disabled due to which they need
help both indoors and outdoors. A walk to the grocery shop
nearby makes them feel a difficult chore due to their disability.
An electric scooter or a handicap scooter comes to their rescue
in such circumstances. But the problem here for them is which
one to choose. Given below are a few tips which can help you
to make the right choice.
1. Clinical Aid-An occupational therapist or a physiotherapist
can be of great help when you talk to them about your problem.
They can guide you to decide whether to opt for an electric
wheelchair or to go for a handicap scooter.
2. The Control- Operation of handicap scooters is with
the tiller like the bicycle. Whereas the electric wheelchairs
are operated with a planned joystick. You have to decide whether
you can control a joystick or a handlebar depending on your
upper body strength.
3. Posture and Support- Power wheelchairs have power
stand, power recline, power tilt, and power elevation which
supports the spine which can be convenient according to the
disability of the user.
4. Transportation- Whether the disabled chooses a handicap
scooter or a power wheelchair depends on the amount he travels.
The handicap scoters when separated into multiple parts are
stored into a car or in a van while traveling. But a power
wheelchair unless it is foldable
cannot be stored in a car or van while traveling. You may
need a wheelchair lift or a wheelchair van while traveling.
5. Driving- A power wheelchair is more convenient when
it comes to operating your vehicle with your mobility aid
as it has four point tie down where as the handicap scooter
does not have such convenience.
6. Cost factor-Handicap scooters are more affordable
than power wheelchairs. The prices may vary depending on the
accessories chosen by the customer.