Friday, September 3, 2010

Options in Wheelchair Lifts

Choosing between wheelchair lifts for a handicap accessible van used to be easy. There weren't very many options, so you just took what was available. Now, though, there are so many different options for lifts that you need to do some research before making the choice that's best for you. Before you buy a wheelchair accessible vehicle, here are a few different options that you need to think about for your wheelchair lifts.

The main distinction and the most obvious one between different types of lifts is where they're located. They can either be in the trunk area of the vehicle or at the side door. Both minivans and full size vans come with both these options. The lift on the back side is convenient because it means that you don't have to have a special wide parking space to get the wheelchair in and out. However, it can be more difficult to maneuver a wheelchair up towards the front of the vehicle before locking it into place or transferring to a regular car seat.
A side lift, on the other hand, does require an extra wide parking space to get the wheelchair in and out.

Unless you're going somewhere super crowded, this isn't normally a problem. This type of lift is convenient for people who want to get into the front seat of a van. Combined with a rotating chair, this type of lift makes the process very easy. The wheelchair is simply lifted into the side of the vehicle, and the handicapped person is transferred to the seat, which is turned toward the back. The seat is turned around and locked into place, and the wheelchair is stored however it needs to be stored.

There are also differences in the way that different lifts operate. Some are automatic and others can be cranked. These days, the automatic types are the most convenient. They're almost a must for those who want to get into and out of a vehicle from their wheelchair on their own. Today's technology makes them very convenient. You can simply push a few buttons in order to get the lift out, get the wheelchair in, and put the lift away. This type of system may be a little more expensive, but it may be well worth the expense because of the way that it makes life so much simpler and easier. IMED Mobility is your premier supplier of Ricon wheelchair lifts and mobility equipment. Visit to find wheelchair lifts and wheelchair accessible van rentals.

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