Power Wheelchair Frequently Asked Questions

Power Wheelchair Frequently Asked Questions

How much do power wheelchairs cost?

Power wheelchair prices vary greatly depending on brand and features. Travel power wheelchairs like the Golden Technologies LiteRider Envy LT start at just $1,299 where heavier duty power wheelchairs like the Golden Technologies Compass HD go north of $5,000. The wide range of pricing comes down to specifications and upgrades. Mid-wheel drive systems are usually expensive than front and rear-wheel drive power wheelchairs.

Will Medicare cover my power wheelchair?

Your primary care doctor will have to perform a mobility evaluation and write a prescription for Medicare to cover all or some of the cost. The power wheelchair must be a medical necessity for your daily living activities at home. Your primary care doctor will check if these at home tasks are possible with a cane or walker, manual wheelchair, or even a mobility scooter. The user must then demonstrate they are able to use the power wheelchair safely and effectively.

What are the difference between a power wheelchair and a mobility scooter?

Mobility scooters and power wheelchairs can be used indoors and outdoors. However, power wheelchairs are designed more for indoor use and mobility scooters are designed more for outdoor use. Mobility scooters are controlled by tillers (steering columns) and almost all power wheelchairs are controlled by joysticks. Folks who rely on mobility scooters should be able to sit upright for longer periods of time compared to a power wheelchair. If the user cannot do this a power wheelchair is a better option since the seats usually offer better support.

Golden Technologies Cricket Lightweight Folding Portable Power Wheelchair

How do I transport my new power wheelchair?

Travel portable power wheelchairs can either fold or be disassembled to fit in most vehicles or even in a airplane's cargo hole. Some bigger power wheelchairs may be disassembled into c couple parts for easier transportation as well. Always  consider the weight of each part of the broken down power wheelchair before  purchasing. You or your caregiver must be able to lift the power wheelchair into you vehicle to take advantage of a portable power wheelchair. You may also consider purchasing a vehicle lift for power wheelchairs that do not disassemble or are extremely heavy.

How much does a power wheelchair weigh?

The weight of an electric power wheelchair will greatly vary depending on the brand and specific model. Our lightest portable folding mobility scooter is the Golden Technologies Cricket weighing at just  39 lbs. in total. One of ore more heavy duty power wheelchairs, the Merits Health Vision Super, weights over 270 lbs. As you can see the total weight range is vast and you should consult one of our our mobility experts for assistance. 

How long do power wheelchairs last?

Power wheelchairs are built to be long lasting and reliable. A well cared for power wheelchair can last up to five-six years or possibly even more with proper maintenance and repairs regularly. Always remember to keep your power wheelchair clean and to replace the battery if needed.

Do batteries and chargers come with a new power wheelchair?

Yes, all new power wheelchairs purchased through Suncoast Mobility come with a charger and batteries.

Lightest Folding Power Wheelchair: Golden Technologies Cricket

Golden Technologies Cricket Portable Folding Lightweight Power Wheelchair

Best Disassembling Power Wheelchair: Shoprider Smartie

Shoprider Smartie Disassembling Travel Power Wheelchair

Smallest Turning Radius Power Wheelchair: Golden Technologies Compass Sport

Golden Technologies Compass Sport Power Wheelchair

Highest Weight Capacity Power Wheelchair: Merits Health Atlantis

Merits Health Atlantis Heavy-Duty Power Wheelchair

Best Mid-Tier Disassembling Power Wheelchair: Golden Technologies LiteRider Envy

Golden Technologies LiteRider Envy Disassembling Power Wheelchair


Questions? Contact Us.

When trying to determine the power wheelchair for your needs it’s important to take into account what specifically you are looking for from the device. Our team of mobility experts are here to guide you every step of the way. Please do not hesitate to call us at (727) 537-6275 or email us at info@suncoastmobility.com. We look forward to speaking with you.

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