Not all mobility aids are created equal. Canes, walkers and manual wheelchairs have their limits. That’s why, for almost 25 years Hoveround has specialized in offering a wide range of motorized mobility products designed to provide more convenience and meet each individual’s need.
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 or electric scooter expands your ability to participate and enjoy daily activities more fully.
In fact, a mobility chair may even be vital in helping you continue to live in your own home while maintaining your safety, lifestyle, and independence.
When Should You Consider a Mobility Solution?
- You limit activities—indoors or out--due to lack of mobility.
- You avoid social events due to difficulty walking.
- Lack of mobility results in boredom or depression.
- A medical condition makes it difficult for you to stand or walk easily.
- You feel unsteady on your feet even with a cane or walker.
- You lose your balance easily or have already fallen.
- Family or friends have commented that you seem to have difficulty getting around or they fear you may fall.
- A physician has recommended a mobility device for your safety and convenience.
TYPES OF MOBILITY SOLUTIONS
Power Chairs (also known as mobility chairs or power chairs, for short) 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.
Power 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. Power chairs are primarily prescribed by physicians for users who require full-time mobility assistance.
Power scooters are predominantly used outdoors since their design and length often precludes them from being used in tight spaces. They are available in a range of models, from small, portable travel scooters to all-terrain, luxury models, and bariatric scooters.
Power 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.
Differences between a Power Chair and Mobility Scooter
|Smaller, compact size
||Longer, lower size 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.
|Can be customized to medical needs including, but not limited to; oxygen holders, skin protection and positioning cushions, and elevated leg rests.
||Unable to adapt to a user’s medical needs.
|Often covered by Medicare, Medicare and private insurance if deemed medically necessary and with 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 power mobility scooter to help you make the best decision.
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 power scooter may be your choice.
Talk to a Hoveround Mobility Expert. In almost 25 year history, Hoveround has helped over 200,000 people regain their independence and freedom by providing the best mobility solutions.
Our Mobility Specialists are available to offer advice at no obligation to you. They can explain the various mobility options and help you find the solution best for you—one that can help you remain safe, mobile, and independent for years to come.
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