How to choose between a scooter and a motorized wheelchair

July 18, 2022, by Luisana Hurtado

Today, there is so much information available to us in real-time on any subject. That being said, it´s not always easy to find reliable information, so in this article It's like to answer any questions you may have about the mobility equipment that you require.

There are several options in the market when it comes to power wheelchairs, as well as scooters. Scooters are meant for people who have trunk control and stability, while power wheelchairs are intended for people with less control of their body, less stability and who require some help in terms of positioning; This is because power wheelchairs have a larger support surface and they have certain features that help the user to position themselves, such as footrests, among others.

That said, here are the main factors to consider when choosing between a scooter and a power wheelchair:

1. The patient's condition:

It is important to have a clear assessment of the patient by a specialist who can define the reality of what their motor capacity, environment and specific needs of the user are.

2. Time and mode of use:

The situations in which the equipment is going to be used and the average time must be considered. This is because in the case of wheelchairs, they are designed to be used for long periods of time between 8 hours or more and can accompany you to all daily activities, while scooters are oriented for short commutes.

3. Space where it will be used:

It is important to consider where the equipment will be used, due to its shape and design. Will the equipment be used indoors or outdoors? Inside a home, a motorized wheelchair would usually be a better option because it´s smaller, adaptable to small spaces, and offers a relatively small turning radius, which allows comfort in transit.

It would also be worth keeping in mind the following main differences that will help you to be thorough in making the best decision:

  1. Design, weight, dimensions
  2. Way of handling, convenience, and comfort for the user
  3. Functionality
  4. Adaptability to the environment
  5. Battery and autonomy
  6. Transportation of the equipment, whether it is foldable or not.

I hope that this article helps you make the best decision.

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