Selecting the Right Wheelchair Van
Published: 2010-11-25 - Updated: 2022-06-22
Author: Disabled World | Contact: Disabled World (Disabled-World.com)
Synopsis: In considering the right wheelchair van for your needs you should ask yourself these basic questions. Minivans are fuel-efficient, easy to drive in traffic, and easy to park because of their size. For family travel purposes and for the need to transfer additional cargo or medical equipment, full-size wheelchair vans are the best option. They are ideal if you go on long trips and need more storage space. Side-entry handicap vans have lowered floors, which creates a better slope that makes it easier for the wheelchair to roll into the vehicle.
- Wheelchair Accessible Vans
- Wheelchair-accessible vans have been modified by increasing the internal size of the vehicle and equipping it with a means of wheelchair entry, such as a wheelchair ramp or powered lift. There are two types of entry configurations: side-entry and rear-entry. The entry location impacts wheelchair seating positions, parking options, the ability to accommodate other passengers, and storage availability. Modifications fall into two categories; the first is where the individual in a wheelchair is the driver, and the second is where the individual in a wheelchair is a passenger.
In considering the right wheelchair van for your needs, you can ask yourself the three basic questions:
- Who: size and users?
- Where: environment, distance and, parking?
- What: safety, price, and other modifications?
Who Will Use the Wheelchair Van?
The size of the wheelchair, and the height of the wheelchair user, drive the option of picking a wheelchair minivan or a full-size handicap van.
Also, one should consider the van's compatibility with the users. That includes the user's status and lifestyle as to whether they are on the go and independent or are accompanied by family members and need to be assisted.
A side-entry van is preferable for situations in which wheelchair users, like parents or independent individuals, prefer to drive or wish to be seated in the front passenger seat location.
A rear-entry van is a good choice for users who require a longer than average chair or those who require a tilted chair. This is also suitable for those accompanied by a caregiver because of the easy ingress and egress in the vehicle. In addition, it provides optional seating so that it can accommodate two occupied wheelchairs or additional rear bench seats for more passengers.
Hand controls can be easily activated by connecting them to the van by screwing them into it so the disabled driver can easily use the brakes and the accelerator.
Where Will the Wheelchair Accessible Van Travel?
Minivans are fuel-efficient, good for short travels, easy to drive in traffic, and easy to park because of their size.
For family travel purposes and for the need to transfer additional cargo or medical equipment, full-size wheelchair vans are the best option. They are ideal if you go on long trips and need more storage space.
Side-entry handicap vans have lowered floors, which creates a better slope that makes it easier for the wheelchair to roll into the vehicle. Furthermore, side-entry vans can easily park next to the curb for unloading the wheelchair user without needing to find a curb-cut corner of the street.
Rear-entry vans have floors that do not have to be lowered and are better used in snow or mountainous regions. They can also park in limited space while still enabling the unloading of the wheelchair.
Additional Considerations Associated with "What"
These include the safety features, duration of use, and the cost to consider in purchasing the van needed. Safety equipment includes seat belts, wheelchair tie-downs, the ramp, and wheelchair straps and brackets.
- The ramp which allows for an easy way of rolling in and out of the van must be installed with anti-skid features to prevent the wheelchair from sudden sliding and cause serious injury to the wheelchair-bound. There are options for motorized or manually controlled ramps.
- The transfer seat, which allows the wheelchair user to be transferred to the driver's seat, is another optional modification that customers consider.
- One should ensure that the wheelchair van passes the safety test required by law and is provided with a warranty.
- For clients who believe they will be using the van for a long time, it pays to invest in acquiring a new van. However, if the need for it is relatively short or temporary, getting a used van can solve the problem.
- For used vans, opt for one which is not older than five years or has not been driven for over 50,000 miles.
- Make sure that all mobility adjustments concerning wheelchairs and driving controls are fully functioning
For other needs that must be addressed, modifications can be provided with the dealer of the wheelchair van. All of them can be patterned after the safety and convenience of the customer.
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