View Full Version : any expertise on motorized wheelchairs?

John Smith
11-08-2018, 06:24 PM
Reading Medicare requirements, one must be unable to walk around one's home.

Wife is pretty immobile, but she can walk about the house a bit. Problem is going other places.

We have a travel chair in the car. She can walk into and out of doctor office if it's not too far from car. If we go to a store, I push her in the travel chair. If we go to a boardwalk, I push.

I'm getting less able to do this so much. Like something that would fit in the back of the wagon and maybe charge from the car.

Jim Bow
11-08-2018, 06:36 PM
One of my duties at work was maintaining the in house scooter. We had two employees with MS. They're get to work with the help of crutches, but the scooter was a must inside the building.
It was very heavy with 2 big batteries.
One of the users finally bought her own. She had a 1st generation Chrysler Minivan. A 12v winch was installed in the rear to lift the thing and deposit it in the rear.
Hopefully, in these LiOn days things are lighter and better.

11-08-2018, 07:29 PM
Worked on all kinds for 20 years; been out of the biz for 15, so not up on current tech.

The folks at Amigo (LINK) (http://www.myamigo.com/our-products/healthcare/) make excellent products. You should be able to get your mobility provider or scooter store let you have a test drive. Some disassemble into fairly lightweight pieces for ease-of-transport. There are also power lifts and platforms available.
A good store will play '20-questions' with you to help you find the best machine for your needs. Things like patient weight, hand & arm strength and coordination, patient mobility, needed range, terrain type.... all affect which machine suits you best. Be patient, shop around, and Good Luck!

11-09-2018, 04:26 AM
There are several types available, light narrow ones for inside use to heavy duty outside use models with canopies. A paraplegic army veteran I knew through canoe marathon paddling had a Harley Trike as one of his, and a amphibious ATV as another.

http://www.portablemobilitymelbourne.com.au/?gclid=CjwKCAiA_ZTfBRBjEiwAN6YG4TG3Sqm6Axd4Yu9ctRN w2TTLpQ8Zz-ryODdolb62wc2KUvMztR9jeRoCz3QQAvD_BwE

P.I. Stazzer-Newt
11-09-2018, 04:45 AM
Would a Segway work?

11-09-2018, 08:08 AM
Would a Segway work?

Probably not. :)

There are (or were) motorized travel chairs. Basically your folding travel chair, with a battery tray & batteries underneath, armrest mounted electronics & joystick, and motorized rear wheels.

Like this:


I always recommended flat-free-inserts for pneumatic tires; your batteries last longer because you can't run on underinflated tires, and you don't unexpectedly get stuck somewhere with a flat (usually in the rain, too :)).

11-09-2018, 09:48 AM
Paul has a great deal of experience with these chairs and mobility issues from dealing with his mother. He should be able to give you some insight.

11-09-2018, 01:33 PM