Not all mobility solutions are created equal. Canes, walkers and manual wheelchairs have their limits. That’s why, for over 25 years, Hoveround has specialized in offering a wide range of motorized mobility devices designed to provide more convenience and to meet each individual’s needs. If you find it difficult to maneuver through your home, or are limiting your activities due to the inability to walk easily, you may find that a motorized power chair, stairlift or scooter expands your ability to participate and enjoy daily activities more fully. In fact, a power chair and possibly a stairlift could be vital in helping you continue to live in your own home while maintaining your safety, lifestyle, and independence.
Power Chairs (also known as mobility chairs) are motorized chairs that run on long-lasting, electric batteries. The user controls the direction and speed of travel with a joystick on the chair’s armrest.
Mobility chairs offer exceptional maneuverability making them useful inside homes, shops, and restaurants where you may encounter narrow halls, sharp corners, or want to pull close to tables, desks, or counters. Scooters wheelchairs (power chairs) are primarily prescribed by physicians for users who require full-time mobility assistance.
Mobility scooters are predominantly used outdoors since their design and length often precludes them from being used in tight spaces. They are available in a wide range of models, from small, portable travel scooters to all-terrain luxury models and bariatric scooters. Mobility Scooters offer part-time or occasional convenience. They allow their users to more easily enjoy visits to shops, parks, and social events that would otherwise require walking an otherwise difficult distance with family and friends. For more detailed information about the scooter side of scooters wheelchairs, please visit our Mobility Scooters page.
An electric stair chair lift, or simply a stair lift, is an over-the-stairs, motorized lifting device that runs along a rail or track. With the touch of a button or the flick of a switch, a stair lift glides the user up or down the stairs, safely and comfortably.
Stair lifts are highly recommended for people who have staircases in their home and who use a cane, walker, manual or electric wheelchair for their daily mobility needs, or for anyone who is concerned about falling when climbing the stairs.
Differences Between a Power Chair and a Mobility Scooter
Smaller, compact size
Longer, lower solution with center seating
Operated via joystick on the armrest
Operates with a tiller for bicycle-like steering
Tighter turn radius is easily maneuverable through hallways and around corners.
Longer size creates a broad turn radius for less maneuverability in tight areas.
Operates on a variety of surfaces indoors and out
Operates on a variety of surfaces but used primarily outdoors.
Can pull close to work surfaces, countertops, sinks, and tables
Front tiller design obstructs the user’s ability to pull close to tables and counter areas.
Primarily prescribed for those who need full-time mobility assistance
Primarily designed for occasional use in traversing distances outdoors.
Flexible solution can be customized to medical needs including, but not limited to; oxygen holders, skin protection and positioning cushions, and elevated leg rests.
Standardized solution less able to adapt to a user’s medical needs.
Often covered by Medicare, Medicare and private insurance if deemed medically necessary and with a valid doctor’s prescription.
Usually purchased out-of-pocket by individuals for use part-time and outdoors.
What Is Your Best Mobility Solution?
Your lifestyle and needs determine the mobility product that is best for you. Hoveround’s Mobility Solutions Comparison Chart compares a Hoveround power chair and a mobility scooter to help you make the best decision. You can also read this article for more information about mobility scooters. In general, however, if you need help to walk and maneuver at home or other interior spaces on a regular basis, a power chair is the best choice. If you are comfortable walking short distances but tire easily or have difficulty with longer distances outside the home, and intend to use the device only in those circumstances, a mobility scooter may be your best choice. And a stair lift can be helpful to anyone that has trouble with or is concerned about climbing stairs. Talk to a Hoveround Mobility Expert. In our 28+ year history, Hoveround has helped over 300,000 people regain their independence and freedom by providing the best mobility solutions from scooters wheelchairs and stair lifts.
Our Mobility Specialists are available to offer advice at no obligation to you. They can explain the various mobility solutions and help you find the option that's best for you—one that can help you remain safe, mobile, and independent for years to come.