If you have a disability or a special needs family member, getting about can be very challenging. A trip to the doctors or the mall can be physically and mentally challenging.
Many people are hesitant when it comes to taking a leap of switching from an ordinary car to a mobility vehicle. You might find conventional cars more appealing, and the idea of driving a wheelchair accessible van might not be as alluring. Standard cars are also less expensive, so there is always a hesitation to make the much-required change.
Unfortunately, as pocket-friendly as standards cars are, they do not have the same amenities necessary for you and your caregiver’s ease of mind. There are a lot of wheelchair van benefits including:
Perhaps you feel like a burden to those around you, and you crave for any form of autonomy. A wheelchair-accessible van allows you to regain some control back. Instead of relying on your caregiver to lift you into the seat, you will be able to transfer to easily and fro the van without any help. The ramp included makes it easy for entry and disembarking purposes. A mobility van may not be the trending or stylish vehicle on the road, but it offers independence and freedom that money simply cannot buy.
Wheelchair van designs vary significantly with some having a lower body frame to allow you to wheel yourself right next to the driver seat or passenger seat. This makes it easier for you to pull yourself up to the car seat. Some of these models are designed to allow an experienced wheelchair user to take the reins back and drive themselves while others will enable you to sit in the front, eradicating any need to transfer from wheelchair to car seat.
The transfer from wheelchair to your vehicle's seat can be painful and be tiring to both caregiver and wheelchair user. Since wheelchairs do not get close enough to a vehicle for a smooth transfer, (be it because of the car’s height, the foot brace, etc.), much effort is required for the shift. This puts a lot of strain on the arms, neck, shoulder, and back. Eventually, the tension will result in muscle and joint pains, which can lead to tendonitis or even arthritis.
It’s faster and much easier to get into a van using a ramp or a van’s lift system as opposed to trying to get both yourself and the chair into the vehicle separately.
Possible Financing Options
While wheelchair vans cost more than standard vehicles, there are programs available to help you pay for it. There are government programs, nonprofit organizations and other private and public groups which offer financial assistance to anyone unable to raise the required funds.
Once you weigh the benefits derived from purchasing a wheelchair van such as improved health for you and your caregiver, happiness, and time efficiency, you will see that switching to a minivan is the sensible choice as a wheelchair van benefits far outweigh the few drawbacks.