If you are you looking at different types of handicap lifts for your vehicle. choosing the most appropriate unit is often bewildering. While price is often a contributing factor, it should not be the only one, as convenience and usability are also crucial. Given the total expense and the length of time that wheelchair lifts are frequently used, it only makes sense that the following information will allow you to make the right choice for your needs, vehicle and level of disability. In general, wheelchair lifts of any type require vans or vehicles of a similar size.  

#1-Should You Choose An Indoor Or Outdoor Wheelchair Lift?

It will first be necessary to consider the benefits and disadvantages of both indoor and outdoor lifts. For example, an outdoor lift allows you to have more available space within the vehicle, but also increase the likelihood of the wheelchair or lift becoming accidentally damaged. Some of the indoor units currently being used allow the wheelchair bound individual to remain seated when exiting, but the size of the lift, its components and the wheelchair itself will often require extensive remodeling of the van's interior.  

#2-How Will The Wheelchair Lift Be Paid For?

When you have only recently began to investigate the cost of a handicap lift, there is no doubt that the total cost can be staggering. Therefore, once you have determined the type of lift that you will have, it will be a good idea to evaluate the different funding choices that are available. For instance, many of the major vehicle manufacturers offer assistance with the cost of a new wheelchair lift for approved persons, so you should immediately contact the company that made your vehicle. Conversely, you can also check into assistance programs provided by your health insurance company and even worker's compensation programs if the person needing the lift was injured at work.

#3-What Weight Limits Does The Wheelchair Lift Provide?

Since any wheelchair lift can be expected to transport the chair to and from the vehicle, it will be necessary to evaluate specific needs that certain units may meet. For example, you will want to consider the total weight that needs to be transported, which includes the part of the lift that moves, the wheelchair and the occupant. Different lifts are rated for varying weights and if you believe that in the future, the maximum weight may be exceeded, you may want to consider a commercial wheelchair lift, since it can safely transport up to 800 pounds.    

In conclusion, handicap lifts will often provide a better quality of life and freedom to get around to the majority of people who use them. Therefore. it will be very important to be sure that you select the best and most appropriate lift for your specific situation.