5 Tips to Choosing Between a Powered Chair or a Mobility Scooter

If you or a loved one has trouble getting around, you might be considering powered wheelchairs or mobility scooters. However, with so many options on the market, you might not be sure which one is right for you.

We’ve got some easy tips to help you decide.

1. The Reason for Your Mobility Issues

The first thing you need to consider when choosing between powered wheelchairs and mobility scooters is why you need them. If you or your loved one has a condition that is likely to change over time and make using a mobility scooter harder to use, you should look at powered wheelchairs instead.

2. Your Budget

There is a wide range of both mobility scooters and powered wheelchairs on the market, but they can vary enormously in price. The best option, if you are undecided, is to contact a professional mobility equipment supplier and discuss what your options are, based on your budget.

3. How Often You Need to Use Them

Some people only need mobility scooters when they have to walk long distances. Others need help getting around all day, every day. In which case, powered wheelchairs are probably a better option, as they are more suited to use inside your home or office. Consider when and how you need to use your mobility equipment, and factor that into your decision.

4. Safety

Sometimes, even if you want to use a mobility scooter instead of powered wheelchairs, it’s just not safe to do so. Some examples of this might be people who don’t have the best control over their limbs, or if they need help from a caregiver in certain situations. Be sure to consider which option is safer when you are choosing between a scooter and a wheelchair.

5. Comfort

Last, but definitely not least, there’s the issue of comfort. Mobility scooters are designed for occasional use by people who are able to sit comfortably on their own. Powered wheelchairs are better suited to people who have trouble sitting upright and may need to use them more often.

It’s important to match the comfort level of the equipment with the needs of the individual who will be using it.

Consider All the Options Before You Decide

The truth is, buying mobility scooters and powered wheelchairs can be a big investment, and it’s not one you want to rush into.

Take some time to consider all the options and weigh up the features and functionality that are important to you. Speak to a mobility equipment professional to find out what all the options are and remember that this kind of mobility equipment is usually a longer-term investment. You or your loved one will be using the equipment for a longer period of time, so you need to make sure you make the right choice.

Fortunately, there are more options in mobility scooters and powered wheelchairs than ever before, and you’re sure to find something that is a perfect fit with Leading Edge Mobility. Reach out to us today for more assistance.  

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