On the Move - A Guide to Your Personal Mobility

Personal Mobility Guide


For several years now, we have published a helpful pamphlet entitled "On the Move - A Guide to Your Personal Mobility." This information is intended for those who may be experiencing mobility issues for the first time. I hope that this will help you avoid costly mistakes as you try to sort our what BraunAbility equipment is available and what might work for your situation, whether it be a wheelchair van, wheelchair lift, Chair Topper, or Companion Seat.

When your personal mobility becomes an issue, the restrictions placed on your daily life can sometimes be overwhelming. Whether you've suffered an accident or are recovering from a medical condition, the result is the same: there are suddenly limits on where you can go, what you can do, who you can visit. As you face these new challenges, it may seem easier at times to skip engagements and make excuses.

While things may never be exactly like they were before, know that there are solutions out there. Thousands of people in your situation have decided to focus on the things that make life worth living, refusing to let limitations on their personal mobility get in the way. They have chosen to stay in touch with the people and places they care about most with the assistance of mobility aids.

The answers are out there, but at this point you may not know the questions to ask. This is the time to seek out professional help from your BraunAbility Dealer. With the knowledge to guide you through the many options available, your dealer is trained to cut through the confusion and find the solutions that will work best for you.

From the start, your BraunAbility Dealer will evaluate your lifestyle and recommend only those products that will help you in your daily routine. From wheelchairs to scooters, stair lifts to ramps, you may need a combination of mobility aids to get you back on track. While each element is critical to your overall mobility system, we focus on what perhaps may be the most important piece of the puzzle: your vehicle.


BraunAbility wheelchair van aids personal mobility

Deciding which wheelchair van is right for you is a major decision. You need to take into account where you will travel, who will travel with you, the type of parking available, the width and length of your chair or scooter, how tall you sit in your chair, if you will drive or ride as passenger . . . the list goes on! We tell you this not to overwhelm you, but to illustrate how important it is to consult with your BraunAbility Dealer before buying a vehicle.

While you may have purchased your vehicles from a particular car dealership for years, you now have needs they are simply unable to meet. Your BraunAbility Dealer is trained to ask the right questions and direct you to the vehicle that's right for you.

In the past, a full-size van with a wheelchair lift was best suited to wheelchair and scooter access. While these large vans still have their place, today the lowered floor minivan with an automatic or manual ramp is the vehicle of choice for ease of access and superior handling.

The BraunAbility Entervan, Rampvan, Vision, and CompanionVan conversions are available from an assortment of manufacturers, including Chrysler, Dodge, Toyota, and Honda. There are more choices today than ever before!

The automatic Entervan and Rampvan conversions feature one-touch operation with the original manufacturer's remote control and interior switches placed for your convenience. While the automatic door opens, the rear suspension "kneels" to reduce the slope of the automatic ramp. Inside the van, the lowered floor allows wheelchair and scooter users to ride at a comfortable height. Custom ground effects disguise the lowered floor on the exterior, resulting in a stylish and accessible van truly like no other vehicle on the road. No matter which vehicle you choose, you can be assured of the test-proven quality and peace-of-mind that only Braun has to offer . . . backed by a Three-Year Worry-Free Warranty, the best the Ability Industry has to offer.

Braun Credit helps to make BraunAbility handicap vans accessible to everyone with flexible financing or leasing packages. Your local BraunAbility Dealer can provide assistance in developing a program custom-tailored to meet your needs.

For a free, no-obligation mobility consultation with your local BraunAbility dealer or give us a call at 1-800-THE-LIFT. You can also visit the BraunAbility website for an interactive tour of our complete line of products.

Again, I hope this information gives you a head start as you begin your search. If you have a question we haven't answered or need anything clarified, please feel free to ask by leaving a comment below!