Last week we talked about why someone might want to get a three-wheeled mobility systems, also called a scooter. The next step up from a scooter is a power wheelchair. The downside to power wheelchairs over scooters is they are heavier and look like a piece of medical equipment. On the other side, power wheelchairs have a much tighter turning radius so they are great for in-home use because they can turn on a dime. They also have the ability to change cushions and backs and can meet the long-term needs of patients unlike the scooter if they have an illness that will progress. Last, power wheelchairs are usually almost always covered for in-home use if prescribed by a doctor and physical or occupational therapist so they tend to be a more affordable option for those on a tight budget. Give Howard’s a call at 654-9899 if you have any questions and we would be free to bring both a scooter and power wheelchair out to your house for a free mobility assessment.
I get the question often about the differences between a power wheelchair and a scooter. Usually, three-wheeled mobility systems, also called scooters have becoming increasingly popular for those that can walk short distances but do not have the stamina to walk longer distances. This is why the scooter is a great option for people going on vacation, cruises, or to their church functions. Scooters also disassemble with the heaviest part weighing only 30 pounds for the travel variety so they can be taken almost anywhere. We usually don’t recommend scooters for indoor use because their turning radius is longer than a power wheelchair but this also makes the scooter more comfortable when it travels outside. Unfortunately, most insurances will not cover a scooter if it is primarily being used for outdoor use which is why Howard’s has some scooters for less than $1000 or has an option to rent, or rent-to-own the devices. We will talk next week on why you might want a power wheelchair instead of a scooter. Give Howard’s a call at 654-9899 if you have any questions.