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Power Wheelchair Versus Scooter

Power Wheelchair vs. Scooter – What’s the difference?

The biggest concern with individuals who have mobility issues often involves what type mobility device is best for them. Freedom and flexibility can be halted greatly if the correct power wheelchair or scooter is not provided for your mobility needs. During the actual selection process, you will need to consult with your primary care physician and possibly a physical therapist to ensure you are fitted with the correct device.

This article will list some of the differences between a powered wheelchair and motorized scooter. Again, medical issues, conditions and limitations are not included in this comparison, simply because those decisions and evaluations are dependent upon your primary care physician.

Difference Between Powered Wheelchair & Scooter

Feature

Powered Wheelchair

Scooter

Assists with mobility needs

Yes

Yes

Indoor use

Yes

Yes

Quick maneuverability

Yes

No

Higher weight

Yes

No

Lighter weight

No

Yes

Joystick for steering

Yes

No

Handle bars/tiller for steering

No

Yes

Multiple seating options

Yes

No

Accessories available

Yes

Yes

Four wheels

Yes

Yes

Three-wheels

No

Yes

Dis-assembly

No

Yes

When is a scooter needed?

  • If you need mobility assistance in your home,
  • If you have difficulty walking for extended periods of time unassisted,
  • If you are able to get in and out of a chair or bed on your own,
  • If you have no postural or shoulder challenges,
  • If you have a large floor plan for space in your home. Scooters have a larger turning radius than powered wheelchairs,
  • If you only want something for outdoor use, you will need a scooter. However, it will be an out of pocket purchase. Insurance will not pay unless it is purposed for indoor use only.

When is a power wheelchair needed?

  • If you have issues with or are coming to terms with the fact that you suffer from limited mobility,
  • If you need help regaining independence in your home on a daily basis,
  • If you need additional stability while in a powered mobility device. The additional weight of a powered wheelchair is what makes them stable, quite durable and extremely difficult to lift,
  • Can be covered with insurance as long as it is deemed medically necessary by your primary care physician and if required, a physical therapist.

Note: Remember that insurance will not pay for a mobility device if it is not deemed medically necessary. Also, if it is purposed for outdoor use your insurance provider will not pay for it. If you intend to use a mobility device for outdoor purposes you will have to purchase it out of pocket.

If you are interested in a powered mobility device be sure to contact us here at Aeroflow Healthcare and our professional mobility team will walk you step-by-step through the process.

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