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Electric Wheelchair and Mobility Scooters

Posted Apr 29 2009 7:40am

It is sometimes confusing to distinguish between all the various types of electric wheelchairs and scooters. In today's world there are many different types of equipment and the category names are very similar. It is often difficult to understand if someone means a scooter or an electric wheelchair or something else. Many times people mistake the two as the same thing. For the purpose of clarity, I am going to lump these mobility devices into two categories: electric wheelchairs and mobility scooters.

First are the electric wheelchairs. It is pretty clear what a wheelchair is, but electric wheelchairs are called other names as well. They are sometimes known as motorized wheelchairs, power chairs, and power wheelchairs. These names all refer to a wheelchair with a motor that is controlled by a steering joystick that fits in the user's hand. One well known type of electric wheelchair is the Jazzy.

The second category is Mobility scooters. Mobility scooters are also called electric scooters. However, it is best to call them mobility scooters to keep them straight from the motor scooters that kids ride. A mobility scooter is similar to an electric wheelchair but it has a steering column instead of the joystick. These scooters are often used as a temporary vehicle for the elderly or the mobility impaired. Pride Scooters are well known in this category.


Hopefully this information helps you better distinguish what type of equipment you are looking for and will clear up any misunderstanding regarding wheelchairs and scooters.   If you still have questions, contact an Orbit Medical mobility specialist today!


Orbit Medical is a fast growing home medical supplier with offices across America. We sell and supply medical equipment for people to use in the home. We specialize in mobility products such as manual wheelchairs, electric wheelchairs, and mobility scooters.  Contact us today about getting an electric wheelchair or mobility scooter through your Medicare Insurance!


Orbit Medical currently has sales representatives in the following cities: New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Phoenix, Philadelphia, San Antonio, San Diego, Dallas, San Jose, Detroit, Jacksonville, San Francisco, Indianapolis, Columbus, Austin, Fort Worth, Memphis, Charlotte, Baltimore, Boston, El Paso, Milwaukee, Seattle, Nashville, Denver, Washington D.C., Las Vegas, Louisville, Portland, Oklahoma City, Tucson, Atlanta, Albuquerque, Kansas City, Fresno, Long Beach, Sacramento, Mesa, Cleveland, Virginia Beach, Miami, Omaha, Oakland, Tulsa, Minneapolis, Colorado Springs, Raleigh, Honolulu, and Arlington.

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