A wheelchair van lift alleviates the need for a caregiver to manually transfer a individual from a mobility chair into a vehicle. In addition, a vehicle lift makes the process of loading and unloading a wheelchair much faster and easier.
There are two primary types of van lifts: Rotary Wheelchair Lifts and Platform Wheelchair Lifts.
Rotary wheelchair lifts, also known as swing lifts, move the wheelchair in and out of the vehicle through the use of a hydraulic or electric boom arm. This type of lift is most often used in minivans and full-sized vans.
Platform wheelchair lifts may be automatic or semi-automatic. The automatic variety will raise and lower, as well as fold and unfold, with the push of a button. A semi-automatic lift raises and lowers automatically but requires manual folding and unfolding of the lift.
In addition to automatic and semi-automatic functionality, the following questions and features should be considered before make a purchase.
In addition, always check references of the company selling and installing the lift to ensure previous buyers are satisfied.
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