Whether you choose to get around with the aid of a wheelchair or with a mobility scooter, you want to be doing it with dignity and in comfort. Travelling abroad can be an arduous ordeal at the best of times so you want to ensure that you use the right equipment for you. So, what is the difference between a wheelchair and a mobility scooter? Here's some insight into the two so that you can make an informed decision to find out what suits your needs.
Why choose a wheelchair?
A wheelchair is something that may come to mind first when you think of a mobility aid. They are easily adaptable to many different needs in the sense that you can arrange the leg rests for optimum comfort and even add additional accessories dependant on what you require. They are much quicker and easier to store away which makes for travel abroad convenient. An added strength is that it's compatible with indoor use. However, if you have a need for a wheelchair then the chances are your mobility is diminished; meaning that once it's stored away you will find it difficult to manoeuvre yourself without any assistance.
Why choose a mobility scooter?
A mobility scooter is a more modern design that has been made with the thought of travel in mind. Due to the nature of its design, it makes extended journeys much simpler. You can tackle rougher terrain using a scooter as the tyres and suspension make tackling kerbs, gravel and even stony paths a less strenuous experience for you and your travelling companions. There is the capacity to carry small amounts of cargo such as shopping bags or handbags, so that you never travel without the necessities. When using a mobility scooter, it's likely that you have greater mobility than that of someone who uses a wheelchair. This means that you would be able to get yourself to a destination and then get up and about for a while before needing to return to your mobility scooter. However, the mobility scooter is a much bulkier mobility aid and can make travelling abroad somewhat difficult if they do not adhere to travelling guidelines. The good news is at RB Mobility Services, we offer both sturdy or lightweight and compact options.
Your family and your GP should be able to assist you in giving some advice as to what mobility aid would be best suited to your needs, but at the end of the day, it is up to you to find what works for you and your travel plans. So, whether it be a wheelchair or a mobility scooter you choose, get out there this summer and enjoy your adventures!