When someone is relegated to a wheelchair, special care must be taken especially when the person needs to ride in a vehicle. This is because the individual cannot get in or out that easily.
The only thing that one can do is to try to lift the disabled person from the wheelchair to the car. This however can take a long time and can really be quite taxing to the muscles. Great thing there are machines that can make the whole process easier – such as electrical wheelchair lifts.
There are actually two types of wheelchair lifts. The first one is powered by hydraulics while the other is powered by electricity. Most people prefer the electric type because this can be wired to the battery of the vehicle. Doing this can save you a few dollars. The hydraulics type needs some fluid, which has to be placed periodically to keep it functioning.
These different kinds of lifts can be found in nearby stores. There you will find other models such as the extended lift, which is probably the most convenient to use. The individual only needs to push a button and voila, you can already lift the wheelchair inside the car. The same process is done when exiting the vehicle.
There are also variations in the type of exits used in the electric lift. Some electric lifts allow people to be entered and exited from the lift from the same direction while others have different entrances, usually at the center, and exits, which is often placed on the sides. The exits and entrances that will be used will of course depend on the kind of wheelchair that the person has.
The cost of an electric or hydraulic wheelchair lift can be very expensive. The cheapest one is a little over $ 10,000. What is more, buying these gadgets will not be covered by Medicare or by an insurance firm. One can however get a discount directly from the manufacturer of the van. Just ask your local car dealer.
Remember though that buying electric wheelchair lifts is not as easy as buying the model that is available in the store. You actually have to make sure that the model will fit your vehicle. For this, it is advisable to bring in a technician to do the measurements. The customer can bring the measurements to the store and have the wheelchair lift installed if it fits. Be prepared to wait for your turn as installation may take a day or two especially if there are many customers who are also having their automobiles installed with it. As an added precaution and to lessen the possible inconvenience, check if the lifts work properly before you leave the shop.