Pros and Cons of a Wheelchair Lift for Your Vehicle
Benefits of a Wheelchair LiftPower wheelchair lifts for cars, SUVs, and vans provide the following benefits:
ConvenienceA vehicle wheelchair lift allows you to take your power chair wherever you go. With the help of a lift, you can easily take your mobility device to the doctor, to the mall, to the park, or to visit your friends. Just load your chair onto the hitch or platform, and you’re ready to go anywhere. Life in a wheelchair is full of inconveniences; bringing the chair along with you doesn’t need to be one of them.
EaseA wheelchair lift makes taking your power chair with you easy. Wheelchairs, especially electric models, as heavy. Without a vehicle lift, you might need to travel with a manual powered chair, which can greatly impact your independence. With the help of a lift, getting your heavy chair into or onto a car is easy. With one switch, you or your caregiver can operate the lift and secure your chair for transport.
SafetyWheelchair lifts provide safety in a number of ways. First, having your personal mobility device with you when out and about helps keep you safe. Second, wheelchair lifts protect your expensive mobility assist. And third, automatic lifts protect caregivers from injuring themselves while attempting to lift a heavy chair into a car or van.
MobilityIt’s been mentioned already, but it’s worth mentioning again. An automatic wheelchair lift for your car, truck, or van allows you to bring your device with you on the road. Reliance on a wheelchair needn’t exclude you from spending time with friends and family away from home. Easy-to-operate lifts give you the freedom to get out there.
Are There Any Drawbacks?While our enthusiasm for the many benefits of automatic wheelchair lifts for cars and vans knows no bounds, are there any drawbacks you need to consider before purchasing and installing a wheelchair auto lift in Louisiana?
CostWheelchair lifts aren’t prohibitively expensive, but the device and the required professional installation are cheap either. The team at Louisiana Stairlifts is here to answer all your questions about pricing, financing, and the possibility of insurance or Medicare reimbursement.
SpaceWheelchair lifts take up space. Internal lifts will reduce the amount of passenger space available in the vehicle. External lifts will extend the dimensions of the car, making it difficult to fit comfortably in many garages and parking spaces.