- 20 March 2017
- Wheelchair Lifts
Those with physical disabilities can sometimes find it difficult to get into and out of vehicles, particularly if they are confined to a wheelchair. One way to make this task easier, not to mention safer and more comfortable, is to install a handicap wheelchair lift. Depending on the type you have selected, a lift will enable you to raise a person, wheelchair and all, into the vehicle so that they can remain seated during the journey.
Point of Entry
When it comes to lift installation, you generally have two points of entry into the vehicle to choose from. The first is rear entry, which enables you to park in any parking spot and ensures that passengers travelling in the back have plenty of room (because all the components are restricted to the rear of the vehicle, behind where everyone sits). The second is side entry, which frees up the luggage space in the rear and can allow people to drive from their wheelchair. It is, however, not always an option for taller people if they wish to remain seated.
Type of Lift
These days, there are actually a variety of different lifts to choose from, ensuring that you’re able to find one that meets your needs and the limitations of your vehicle. As their name suggests, exterior ones are located on the outside of the vehicle so that they don’t take up any room inside. Interior ones are located inside the vehicle and literally raise the wheelchair inside. Hoists are also available, which tend to resemble a small crane; these are also installed inside the vehicle and can only be used to move unoccupied wheelchairs.
We understand that the cost will play a factor, however, both internal and external lifts can be an affordable option depending on your specific needs and the vehicle you own.
No matter what point of entry or type of handicap wheelchair lift you have selected, you can rest assured that they have been designed with maximum comfort in mind. The simple fact that passengers can be loaded without having to leave their wheelchair is testament to this. The platforms also move quite slowly and smoothly, ensuring that the passenger isn’t jostled. When not in use, the lifts are relatively compact so as not to encroach on passenger comfort.
Likewise, you can rest assured that the lift you have selected has been designed with maximum safety in mind. The last thing you want is for an accident to occur whilst you’re loading or unloading a disabled passenger. This is another reason why the platforms move quite slowly and smoothly. There are also a wide range of seatbelt and restraint systems to choose from, ensuring that the chair and passenger are secured properly within the vehicle.
If you are looking for a safe and comfortable means of loading and unloading wheelchair passengers for vehicles, lifts could be just the solution you have been searching for. As you can see, there are a number of options available to ensure that your choice of handicap wheelchair lift meets your needs and the limitations of your vehicle perfectly. If you are having any problems making your choice, be sure to speak with one of the experts at Capital Special Vehicles.