Thinking about a Mobility Scooter or Power-Chair?

Thinking about a Mobility Scooter or Power-Chair?


Firstly, let's start with the most obvious question; What is the difference between a power chair and a scooter?

Power chairs have steering controls on one side of the arm which allows the steering to be done with just a person's fingertips. Hands and arms are also supported at all times on a power chair as they have armrests that cannot be removed usually. 

Mobility scooters are controlled with handlebars, or “tillers,” which require more upper body strength as the controls are positioned in front of you (similar to a bicycles handlebar.

Let’s go through some questions that you should think about in your decision making:

  1. What do you need this for? 
  2. Are you struggling with movement occasionally or more frequently?
  3. Do you have full control in your arms to control the product?

Let’s take a look at the advantages and disadvantages associated with electric wheelchairs and mobility scooters: 

Advantages of an Electric Wheelchair

  • Can be used indoors and outdoors
  • Joystick controlled from the armrest or remotely controlled by a carer
  • Smaller and lighter than a mobility scooter
  • All models fold for ease of transport
  • Stable, not requiring as much balance from the user

Disadvantages of an Electric Wheelchair

  • Most are unable to be driven on the road
  • Cannot hold as much weight as some mobility scooters
  • Can be quite bulky

Advantages of Mobility Scooters

  • Road-worthy scooters available
  • Some have a really high maximum load capacity
  • Tend to have more shopping storage
  • More flexibility for travelling with 
  • Can be used indoors and outdoors

Disadvantages of Mobility Scooters

  • Requires some balance
  • Limited manoeuvrability indoors
  • Large turning circle
  • Limited use on different terrain on many models

Now that you have read all of this information, your decision may be clearer or even more clouded, and so to that we say: try them!. It is very important for you to try before you buy as the way they feel may be all you need to make your decision final. 

Making sure your folding mobility scooter is right for you is incredibly important. And not just in a showroom where a salesman is trying to make a sale – we want you to have time and space to make sure it’s right for you in your home and in the way you are going to use it. So our ‘Try at Home’ scheme is exactly that. You purchase one of our scooters and we deliver it to your door. Then we give you time and space to decide if it’s perfect for you without any external pressure.

If not, no problem – just call us within 14 days and we’ll organise its collection and return it to us. We’ll then process a refund for the full price of the product, or exchange it for another model if you prefer. No hassle, no pressure, just good old-fashioned service.

Take a look at our models here

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