Being in a wheelchair should by no means limit your lust for adventure. A wheelchair van is a good way of getting around with more ease wherever you choose to go, be it to the seaside, the great outdoors, or just a night out on the town.
Many people only have a vague idea of what exactly a wheelchair van is and how it functions, and therefore are hesitant to even consider buying one. Others may think that it is fairly simple, which would be the correct assumption. It is a motor vehicle similar to a station wagon so that it is large enough to easily accommodate a standard sized wheelchair. There are two different types; one with a side entry door and one with a rear entry door, each with its own set of benefits. A sliding door or backdoor opens and a ramp is extended down to the pavement, making it accessible for the wheelchair. One can even choose whether or not to remain in the wheelchair during travel if one so chooses, though most prefer to remain in the wheelchair itself as it is both comfortable and time efficient.
As mentioned, there are two different sets of benefits for side and rear entry wheelchair vans. A side entry van often grants the wheelchair user access to the front of the car and its controls. One thing to keep in consideration is that it is intended for parallel parking or for a parking space that has extra space open to the side in order to make the side door wheelchair accessible. Conversely, rear entry vans are ideal for conventional parking spaces, but pose a problem when one faces a parallel parking spot without enough open space to either front or back. This type does tend to be less expensive, though, and are higher, giving better ground clearance when using unconventional roads. Which one you choose depends entirely on your personal requirements.
Wheelchair vans also have universal benefits, regardless of the type of entry. They give you more flexibility in terms of when and how to travel in that the wheelchair user requires less assistance, and if a caregiver is present, it is easier to use for them as well. Less time is taken in moving from the wheelchair to the car as you can choose to remain in the wheelchair during transit. It also means that less trouble is taken in folding up and storing the wheelchair as one would do in a conventional vehicle, only to reverse the process once your destination has been reached. In terms of price range, a van normally costs between $30,000 and $60,000, depending on the type of entry as well as general and technological features. Depending on each wheelchair user’s and/or buyer’s unique situation and insurance, as well as laws specific to the area in which said person lives, there is the possibility that a certain amount or percentage of the total price of the van will be covered by medical insurance or another party.
When all of these plus points are given due consideration, it can easily be seen that a lot of benefit can be gained from owning one of these sophisticated and lifestyle enhancing vehicles.