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