Starting The Process of Obtaining a Mobility Scooter or Power Wheelchair

Pride® Mobility has long offered a diverse variety of mobility solutions, ranging from mobility scooters to electric wheelchairs and power lift recliners.

With a wide range of options, you may be wondering if a mobility solution is right for you. If so, what kind? And would Medicare cover the cost? In order to answer these questions, you must consider a number of factors and begin the process of obtaining a device.

Mobility Scooter vs. Electric Wheelchair

Though you may at first think the terms “wheelchair” and “scooter” are interchangeable in this context, there are distinct differences between these devices. This blog highlights those differences in greater detail, but here are the basics.

A power wheelchair is driven by using a joystick and does not require significant upper-body strength. It will typically contain four to six wheels and will either utilize a front-wheel, mid-wheel, or rear-wheel drive system, depending on where the two largest wheels are located.

A mobility scooter is driven using a tiller that contains handlebars, which requires a certain amount of upper-body strength. It will always contain three or four wheels depending on the model.

Whether you’re more suited for an electric wheelchair or mobility scooter – that will depend on your mobility needs.

Visit with your Treating Practitioner

This is the first step on your journey toward greater mobility. Medicare requires a face-to-face examination with your treating practitioner prior to writing a prescription for a power mobility device.

Your treating practitioner will consider the use of a cane, walker, or manual wheelchair for you before determining if you require a scooter of power wheelchair. A physical therapist or occupational therapist may conduct additional assessments if deemed necessary by the treating practitioner. Your medical records

must substantiate any conclusions made by your treating practitioner so that a prescription can be written.

General Qualifications

When an examination is conducted, the treating practitioner will be assessing your physical capabilities. Those who struggle to stay on their feet for long periods of time or suffer from debilitating conditions that reduce mobility in their upper body, arms, and legs are likely to qualify for use of a power wheelchair.

For those experiencing pain or discomfort, who could use extra assistance in getting around, a mobility scooter would be a fitting solution. Although they may not suffer from a debilitating condition, a scooter could improve their daily lives in the mobility assistance it provides.

As mentioned before, if a treating practitioner determines that an individual requires assistance beyond a cane, walker, or manual wheelchair, then that individual is likely qualified for some kind of power mobility device.

Once a treating practitioner sends a written prescription and your medical records to a mobility supplier, the process can begin as to which particular mobility scooter or electric wheelchair would be appropriate for that individual.

Pride Mobility Product Quiz

Recently, we incorporated a Product Quiz into our Pride Mobility website. For those that are curious about various mobility solutions, haven’t gone through the process with their treating practitioner yet, but feel they could qualify for a certain device, they can explore the options that Pride has to offer.

The quiz presents visitors with the option to choose the device of their choice (power wheelchairs, mobility scooters, lift chairs). From there, the visitor is presented with various scenarios to identify their preferences and requirements. At the end of the quiz, one more products will be suggested based on the input.

While not scientific and not a replacement for a health professional examination, the quiz serves as an informative, interactive exercise that can help individuals understand better the differences between our products and set them on the right track to identify a mobility solution that fits their needs.

After the Initial Steps…

If you have additional questions about the remainder of the process, Pride Mobility offers a convenient step-by-step consumer guide to Medicare coverage. This guide goes into greater detail regarding what will take place following the initial visit with your treating practitioner.

You can learn more about Medicare coverage for wheelchairs and scooters here.

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 “Starting The Process of Obtaining a Mobility Scooter or Power Wheelchair

  1. Hello …. I am a member of the Disabled American Veterans and Love the PRIDE Products so much that I have Two …. one Scooter and one Power Chair !! They are Both Old Models ( like me ) but they mostly work and that suits me fine … besides that is all I could afford to buy anyway. They have Never let me down in all these years …. except for Batteries of course but that is acceptable and expected. THANK YOU PRIDE for a Wonderfully Reliable Product of Quality !!

    J. Love
    Covington, Georgia

    1. Thank you so much for your service and your kind words Jerry! We really appreciate the feedback you have given us today and we hope that your two mobility products continue to serve you well for many years to come. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us at any time if there’s anything we can help with at

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