Power wheelchair vs. power scooter

Power Wheelchair vs. Power Scooter

If you are struggling with mobility you may have heard some terms like power mobility device, power scooter, or power wheelchairs. You may ask, is there a difference between a power wheelchair and scooter?  Is one better than the other for me? Will insurance cover my mobility device?

The answer to these questions is yes.

The main difference between a power wheelchair and scooter is the way in which they are controlled. A power wheelchair is controlled by a single joystick on either side, whereas a scooter is steered by a tiller system at the front of the device. Another difference between a power wheelchair and scooter is the way in which each requires you to be seated. In a standard power wheelchair you can seat yourself as if you are simply sitting in a chair. Most power wheelchairs do come with a flip-up foot plate so there is nothing to impede your transfer; you can simply flip the foot plate up before you sit and then back down one you a positioned safely in the chair. A power scooter on the other hand, requires that you step up onto a platform between the steering system and the seat. For some with poor balance or gait this type of transfer can pose as a safety risk.

When it comes to the differences between a power wheelchair and a scooter and deciding if one is a better fit for you over the other, there are a few more things to consider. One just mentioned, your ability to safely transfer to you mobility device. Another is the layout of your home. A scooter, since it is wider, requires a larger area for operation. It has a wider turning radius than a power wheelchair and requires more room for storage.

Something else to consider when deciding on your mobility device is which device insurance will cover for you. Most insurance companies will cover both a power wheelchair and a scooter; however there are some insurance providers that will not cover a scooter. This is something to be aware of when speaking to you doctor about your power mobility device. For any mobility device you will have to undergo an evaluation by your healthcare provider and obtain a prescription. It is important that you disclose all of your information and mobility issues with your physician so you are able to get the right mobility device to fit your specific needs.

For more information on the differences between a power wheelchair and scooter and to see if you may qualify for one through insurance, give Aeroflow Healthcare a call at 888-345-1780. We look forward to helping you find your perfect mobility device!

Share Button


“Aeroflow was wonderful when it came to helping us with our wheelchairs and lift-even showed us how to use the lift. We were very thankful for the friendly and knowledgeable service.”
“I was looking for a power wheelchair for my wife. Aeroflow had a great selection and they were very kind and helpful on the phone. Great people to do business with!”
“I recently bought a Go-GoPower Scooter from Aeroflow and couldn't be happier with its mobility and compact design. The chair is amazing and goes anywhere I want. It was a great experience!”
“My doc referred me to Aeroflow when I needed a sleep test, and I went back when I needed a wheelchair. The service was exceptional! Aeroflow really cares about their customers.”