Guest Blog: What are the main differences between Wheelchairs and Medical Scooters?

One wonders what life would be like if they lost the ability to move and walk around freely, especially if they have come of age already. But the real thing they do not ask themselves are the different options to choose from if such a situation like that comes upon them.

There is an option such as a wheelchair. It is basically a chair that is fitted for a person who has lost the ability to walk normally due to an injury, illness, or disability. Another option is the medical scooter which is designed to look like more of a scooter with the handles in the front of the user and is used by people who still have some ability to use their legs.

There are many differences between a wheelchair and a medical scooter. Here are some of those:

1.  Type of Operation

One main difference would be how the two are operated by the handler. With a wheelchair, it can be done by another person behind the wheelchair holding onto the handles and pushing it forward. Another way to use it is by the person in the wheelchair putting their hands on the wheels and pushing them forward which moves them.

The medical scooter, on the other hand, is operated by the person using it putting their hands on the handlebars in front of them and using electricity to power to scooter to move where they want it to go.

2.  Design

 Another difference is the design of each of them. Wheelchairs usually have two big wheels in back and two small wheels in front to balance the user while the medical scooters can have four wheels with two in front and two in the back. It could also be three wheels with two in the back and one in the front center.

3.  Cost

Another huge difference that can affect the users or family is the cost for each of the options. For a typical average wheelchair, the cost can be between $1,000 to $2,000 while the medical scooters the cost can be between $800 to $3,000 or even more depending on the size and model of the scooter.

Which one should you choose?

 When it comes to deciding between a wheelchair or a medical scooter, it all depends on the needs of the user. Like the length of time the user will be sitting or the speed they desire or even the design. In the end, the final say should be based on the comfort-ability these mobile aids give to the disabled people or the elderly.