When you are relegated to a self propelled wheelchairs, you need to get the utmost care possible when you need to travel and alight a vehicle. It is all because you don’t have the physical capability to get in or out of the car on your own that easily.
Perhaps the best thing to do here is to try to lift you from your wheelchair to the car. But then again that is easier said than done. Doing so would require a lot of time, strategy and would be quite taxing to your helper’s muscles, too. It is such a relief to know that there are now ways to make it easier and as convenient as possible. An electrical self propelled wheelchair lift will help save the day for you.
When it comes to wheelchair lifts, there are two types that can be found in the market. The first kind would be powered up by virtue of hydraulics, and the other kind would be powered by electricity. If you look at it, it is more practical to make use of an electrical type since you can have it wired to your vehicle’s battery. Hence, the majority of users choose it over the hydraulic type. Additionally, it can also help save you a few dollars down the road.
With the hydraulic type of wheelchair lift, you’ll be needing some fluid. The inconvenient part here is that you need to keep an eye on it so you can refill it whenever the time comes that it is consumed already. Otherwise, it will stop functioning.
Entrance and Exit System
They are usually available in specialty shops and stores. Aside from this, these establishments are most likely offering other models too such as the extended lift.
So far, the extended lift type would be the easiest and the most convenient to use since what you need to do is just push a button and you’re on it. In no time, your wheelchair would be taken inside your car. If you need to exit your vehicle, it is also going to be the same process.
Exit systems for electric lift wheelchairs come in various types, too. Some models will allow you entry and exit from the direction of the lift, while others would come with different entrances. They’d be located usually at the center and as for the exits, they are often found on the sides. The entrances and exits that will be used most often would be depending upon the type of wheelchair that you have.
Cost of Self Propelled Wheelchairs Lifts
Regardless of the type of wheelchair lift that you want to buy, they usually come at a hefty amount. So far, the cheapest one that we have come across to costs a little over $10,000. Unfortunately, the expense of this piece of equipment can’t be covered by an insurance firm or by Medicare. However, there is a good chance that you’d be able to obtain a discount from your vehicle manufacturer. In this case, you may need to reach to your local car dealer regarding that.
Keep in mind that when you try to buy an electric wheelchair lift, it wouldn’t be as easy when you buy a model that you have just found in the store. You must see to it that the wheelchair lift model of your choice will fit your vehicle. For this, we highly recommend that you try to bring along with you a seasoned technician who will help you out by getting in charge of the measurements.
As a paying customer, you may just carry with you the measurements and provide them to the store representative and they can carry out the installation job if the wheelchair lift model of your choice would fit or not.
Have patience, though, with this part because the installation process may take a while, a day or two at the minimum. And in case there are many others ahead of you, you may need to wait for your turn. Much like everything else, make it sure that before leaving the shop after your self propelled wheelchair lift is installed, see to it that everything about it is working and in good shape.