Why Get a Wheelchair Lift?
Having the ability to transfer your wheelchair to and from locations easily will simplify your life. You won’t feel your activities are limited. With a carrier that brings your mobility unit along, going to the movies, eating at restaurants, and visiting family and friends become everyday events.
If you are a caregiver, using a car lift can drastically improve the amount of manual labor you use to transport your loved one. Appointments to the doctor go more smoothly, and you will encourage independence in those you care about.
Manual Lifts vs. Power Lifts
Deciding on the right type of lift depends on the wheelchair you need to transfer as well as your personal limits.
Manual lifts usually connect at the rear of the car and fold down to create a ramp. You drive your chair up, secure with straps, and restore the ramp in an upright position. These lifts fold against the vehicle when not in use. Manual lifts tend to be in the lower price range because you do the work.
Power lifts provide an excellent solution for those lacking strength or dexterity. The platform of the lift lowers to the ground, the chair is moved onto it and strapped down, and then an electric motor raises the lift high enough to drive safely. Power lifts can be rear or side-door and run at higher prices because of the technology involved.
Outside Lifts vs. Inside Lifts
Some people enjoy the ease of attaching their wheelchair to the outside of the car for transportation. Outside lifts connect by hitches and remain entirely outside the vehicle. They often fold up when not in use and can also be removed completely and reinstalled when needed.
If you opt to go with a rear lift that leaves your power chair outside your vehicle, we recommend purchasing a cover to protect your mobility unit from the weather and normal wear and tear.
Inside lifts install within the car, usually in the trunk or cargo area. Your chair travels with you inside the vehicle. This makes inside lifts more secure if you need to leave your chair and protects the chair from possible damage.
Consider the style of wheelchair you have when purchasing a wheelchair car lift. Decide if you want an inside lift or an outside lift and if you require an electric option or can function with a manual carrier.