What is a Power Wheelchair?

A power wheelchair is a device that aids in mobility. It is typically used by individuals who have a medical condition and have difficulty walking. People use power wheelchairs because they are unable to use a manual wheelchair or an electric scooter. 

Every electric wheelchair has a base, which is equipped with four or more wheels. Motorized wheelchairs typically have two large drive wheels and two or four smaller wheels called casters for added stability. The drive wheels can be positioned in the front, middle or rear of the power wheelchair base. The Jazzy® Elite ES features front-wheel drive, while the Jazzy Air® 2 features mid-wheel drive. A motorized wheelchair is driven using a joystick, which allows for the chair to move forward, backward, left and right. 

Many electric wheelchairs can be used both indoors and outdoors, yet power wheelchairs offer more maneuverability indoors. With a tighter turning radius, some motorized wheelchairs are designed for use in the home, such as the Jazzy® Select, which is compact and maneuverable. Numerous electric wheelchairs easily fit through the halls and door frames of homes. 

A variety of accessories can be added to a power wheelchair. Pride’s Jazzy wheelchair accessories offer convenient storage options, such as an arm mount saddlebag, which easily mounts to the armrest of a motorized wheelchair. Other accessories that can be added include an XLR USB charger, which can charge smart devices on the go, and a cup holder, which is perfect for holding beverages. No matter what accessories you choose, it’s a great way to make your electric wheelchair truly unique. 

Not sure if you qualify for a Jazzy power wheelchair? Follow these steps to find to learn if Medicare will pay for an electric wheelchair. Plus, click here to learn which electric wheelchair best meets your needs.

Published by Pride Mobility

Welcome to Pride Mobility! We are a leading manufacturer of mobility products, including power chairs, scooters, lift chairs, and more. Our goal is to help people with mobility challenges live their best lives by providing innovative, high-quality, and reliable products that enhance their independence and comfort. Our company was founded in 1986 with a mission to improve the quality of life for people with mobility limitations. Since then, we have grown to become a global leader in the industry, with a wide range of products designed to meet the unique needs of individuals with varying levels of mobility. At Pride Mobility, we are committed to delivering exceptional customer service and support. Our team of knowledgeable and experienced professionals is dedicated to helping our customers find the right products to meet their specific needs, and we are always here to answer any questions or concerns. We take pride in our products and stand behind them with a comprehensive warranty and service program. Whether you are looking for a power chair to help you navigate your home or a scooter to explore the outdoors, you can trust Pride Mobility to provide the quality, comfort, and reliability you deserve. Thank you for choosing Pride Mobility as your partner in mobility. We look forward to helping you live your best life!

6 thoughts on “What is a Power Wheelchair?

  1. I am looking to rent one for my husband. He is 6’6 and weighs 340. I would need it for one day and then another day. Do you also rent the trailer to haul it in/on? Do you cover Colorado?

      1. Do you have electric wheelchairs for rent that can be controlled in the back by another person?

  2. I like that you pointed out how people use power wheelchairs because they are unable to use a manual wheelchair or an electric scooter. It looks like my grandfather needs to use a wheelchair now, however, we do not want him to get tired of using a manual wheelchair. So, we are thinking of giving him a power wheelchair instead.

    1. Hi Luke! Thank you so much for commenting on our blog! We’re really glad that you found this article helpful, and we can definitely see how fatigue might play a part in your grandfather’s mobility options. Please let us know if you have any questions, and thank you again!

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