After a car accident my cousin ended up in a wheelchair. It was a devastating and excruciating experience as after all the doctors, hospitals, painful treatment and inability to work and make money, you still have to somehow resume your life, but now – with limited ability to move, perform your duties and take care of yourself. Life in a wheelchair is not that pleasurable at all and people try to find ways to cope with it and have as much freedom as they can.
Fortunately, the society understands the need to accommodate disabled people more and more. But what are your options when it comes to your home or vehicle? How do you modify them so you can have the freedom that you deserve? What can you do to get to the normal life as close as you can? These are the questions that started my cousin’s journey.
He and I went together through all the material available online on how to modify the vehicle for a person on a wheelchair and what current auto market has to offer. We did extensive research which showed me that there is many important details you have to take into considerations while choosing which way to go. This experience inspired me to start this blog for people who ended up in a wheelchair and their families and caregivers. I will be discussing what kind of wheelchair accessible vehicles are the best for you and what are the advantages and disadvantages of modifying different kinds of vehicles. I will also be talking about recommended safety procedures for transporting people on a wheelchair.
The problem of safe transporting the person on a wheelchair is very important as our experience shows that purchasing a special vehicle or modifying one will not make difference if you do not know how to safely transport a disabled person.
But where do you start your search for a vehicle for your new condition? The best idea is to start with putting together a list of things that are important for you and your personal preferences.
Here’s an approximate list to consider:
- Your habits
- Where are you planning to travel? What are the road conditions there?
- How often are you planning to use your vehicle?
- Does your disability require only automatic transmission?
- What kind of activities are you going to use it for?
- Do you need room for storage?
- How many passengers are going to be with you in a vehicle?
- How important is the fuel cost for your household?
- What is the size of your wheelchair? Is it foldable?
- What’s your height when you’re seated in your wheelchair?
- Is there any additional equipment that you will have to transport with you in a vehicle?
These are only a few questions that you have to ask yourself before you start browsing to make a purchase.
I hope this blog will help someone to find the best suitable wheelchair accessible vehicle to obtain the freedom and comfort that they have lost.