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What’s the difference between a power (motorized) wheelchair and a scooter?



A scooter is a mobility device that has 3 or 4 wheels, a tiller for steering, and a small foldable seat.


Best for use outdoors in open spaces


Can be broken down and put in a trunk of vehicle, heaviest piece 29 lbs.*


Cannot be customized for individual needs


Typically, $900 to $1,500

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Power Wheelchair

A mobility device with 4-6 wheels, often controlled by a joystick, and a captain’s chair.


Great for indoors and outdoors, especially tight places


Can be broken down and placed inside a vehicle, heaviest piece is 69 lbs.*


Can be configured to fit the needs of the customer, can be highly customized


Typically, $2,000 to $5,500 (more if custom ordered)

Which one is best for me?

Insurances, including Medicare, will often cover a mobility device for use indoors.  The device can be used outdoors, but medical necessity must be established for use indoors.  Due to the smaller footprint, and tight steering/maneuverability a motorized wheelchair works best inside the home.

If you plan to use a device strictly outdoors both a scooter and a power wheelchair are great choices.  The scooter has the advantage of being able to put in a vehicle easier, but the power wheelchair will typically be able to go greater distances.

Remember, most insurance providers, including Medicare, will only cover one powered mobility device within a 5 year period, so speak to a mobility specialist to ensure you get the right one for your needs at 1-855-814-5320.