For wheelchair and mobility scooter users, transportation can be challenging. But with the right equipment, getting from one place to another can be made easy. In addition to having dependable mobility equipment, it’s also important to have a dependable vehicle lift that allows users to transport their mobility devices with ease. Here’s what is involved when getting a vehicle lift.
Assessing Your Vehicle
The make and model of your vehicle are important when determining the right vehicle lift. There are plenty of models to choose from that can be installed on cars, SUVs, crossovers, vans, and pickup trucks. Some vehicle lifts are designed to carry wheelchairs and scooters on the outside of the vehicle, while others are designed to carry mobility equipment on the inside of the vehicle. For that reason, it’s important to assess your vehicle to determine the right kind of lift.
In addition to assessing your vehicle, you also need to know your wheelchair or power scooter’s weight. How much your wheelchair weighs will ensure that you find the right vehicle lift. A certified Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) can help you choose a vehicle lift that can handle the weight of your mobility device. If you have more than one mobility device, choose a vehicle lift that can handle your heaviest wheelchair or scooter. Your wheelchair’s weight will also help determine the right hitch for exterior lifts.
Sometimes vehicle lifts can be covered by insurance — especially when they are deemed necessary to remain mobile in daily life. When looking for a vehicle lift, working with a reputable mobility store is crucial since they will work day in and day out with health insurance providers on your behalf. They understand how important it is to find a vehicle lift that helps you stay moving. A reputable mobility equipment store will guide you in understanding what your specific healthcare plan will cover for both the vehicle lift and the installation fees.
When you decide on a vehicle lift, your provider will install it for you. There are numerous ways a vehicle lift can be installed. How your lift is installed will be determined by the kind of lift you get, your vehicle, and whether your lift is positioned on the inside or outside of the vehicle. It doesn’t take long to install a vehicle lift. It’s often completed in less than four hours. Once your vehicle lift is installed, your technician will show you how to operate it. Afterward, you’re free to use the vehicle lift to transport your mobility equipment,
Choose the Right Vehicle Lift
Here at Freedom Mobility Solutions, we’re here to help our customers choose the best vehicle lift for their needs. With vehicle lifts with lifting capacities up to 450 lbs, we’re sure you’ll find a vehicle lift that suits your vehicle and your wheelchair or scooter. Contact us today to speak to one of our certified Assistive Technology Professionals, or visit our Hanover, MD showroom!