Mobility Jargon: 3 Key Terms Explained
At Scooters 'N Chairs, we want to make sure your mobility equipment search is hassle-free. The most annoying part of the search for most people is the jargon. Being in the industry, we have a good understanding of what each term means. However, for many elderly people, some of it will not make any sense.
In this quick guide, we want to list some of the most used jargon in the mobility equipment industry and their meanings.
Mobility Jargon For Elders
Here, we will discuss popular terms used in the mobility industry, from the basic ones down to the most complex.
First of all, let us discuss mobility scooters, also known as handicap scooters. Mobility scooters are electric mobility equipment where the steering is done from the steering column, otherwise known as a 'tiller' which is located in front of the user. It is quite different from traditional or power wheelchairs, which are steered using a joystick.
Mobility scooters come in all shapes, sizes, and configurations. You can buy folding mobility scooters which are easier to travel with. You can also get heavy-duty scooters, 3-wheel scooters, and even 4-wheel scooters. Off-road scooters are perfect for people who love the outdoors.
Power wheelchairs, otherwise known as electric wheelchairs, are a great choice for comfort, maneuverability, and travel. Some may argue that they provide more flexibility than mobility scooters. Power wheelchairs offer options like adjusting height, tilt, seat recline, and leg space. In some cases, boarding a bus train or other type of public transport is much easier in a power wheelchair because of its compact size
Mobility Jargon and Key Terms
Here are some useful explanations for key mobility terms.
The turning radius, or turning path or mobility scooters and power wheelchairs can be described as the smallest circular turn that your mobility equipment can make. Another way to think of the turning radius is to evaluate it in terms of how easy it is to make a U-turn in your scooter or wheelchair. While some people will not be too concerned with this, it is very important if you are buying an indoor mobility scooter or indoor wheelchair. If you live in a small apartment, enjoy going out to crowded restaurants or often traverse narrow hallways, among other cramped spaces, a scooter or chair with a tight turning radius will suit you.
Most mobility equipment is battery-powered. The type of scooter or chair you choose will depend on your usage. If you will be traveling long distances on a single charge, look for extended range mobility scooters. Why do you need one anyway? Let’s say you’re headed to a friend’s home who lives a couple of minutes away. There, you meet more friends, who at the spur of the moment, decide to take a road trip and ask you to come along. Now, of course, we’re assuming that all your friends are power scooter users as well.
It’s moments like these you’ll never have to worry about: “What if my scooter battery conks out in the middle of the highway” or “What if I have to be in that embarrassing situation where I’m flashing my thumb in the air, hoping to have myself and my scooter picked up by a stranger?”
Do you prefer off-roading over comfort? If so, recreational scooters are perfect for you. That's because they tend to have higher ground clearance. Ground clearance sometimes referred to as ride height, describes the minimum distance from the bottom of your scooter or power chair, and the road. A higher ground clearance offers better off-roading capabilities while a lower ground clearance provides increased comfort and better handling.
Understanding Mobility Equipment Terms
Most people who are new to the world of mobility scooters and power wheelchairs get bombarded with industry-specific terms that make the process of finding the best equipment difficult. At Scooters N' Chairs, we want to simplify this process. Give our mobility experts a call or chat with us and we can help you find the best solution to suit your needs.