Tips and Resources for Choosing Your Mobility Product
Different Mobility Challenges Call for Different Mobility Solutions
Whether you’re looking to maintain your current lifestyle or increase your independence, your accessible vehicle product solution will depend on a few factors including your level of mobility, what type of mobility aid you use, and your budget. Here are some things to consider when starting your shopping journey.
Do you want a new product for your current vehicle or a new vehicle altogether?
For some customers, the convenience of a wheelchair accessible vehicle makes it the perfect option for their transportation. For others who recently purchased their vehicle or who prefer transferring into a vehicle seat, options like a wheelchair storage product may fit his or her lifestyle better.
Location, Location, Location
Consider your community – where you live can influence what your drive and the options available to you. For example, some communities are more proactive and reactive when it comes to providing and maintaining accessible parking spaces. This could influence your decision on
Plan for your current (and future) driving needs.
In some cases, mobility aid users may face diminishing mobility due to conditions such as multiple sclerosis or muscular dystrophy. So it’s critical to consider not only what your vehicle needs are today, but also what they could be tomorrow. What may not seem necessary now could very well pay off later.
Consider the weather
While transferring can seem ideal for many customers, consider your conditions and if you’ll often be transferring with overhead cover. No one wants to suffer through snow, rain or blazing sun when they’re transferring into a vehicle or loading a wheelchair. A wheelchair accessible vehicle can conveniently get you out of bad weather faster and on your way comfortably.
Seek Advice from a Certified Mobility Consultant
When shopping for mobility equipment, it’s impossible to overstate the importance of working with a BraunAbility certified mobility consultant. They’ll guide you through the products and solutions available, as well as help you make the best decision for you and your family.
What is a Conversion or Accessible Vehicle?
Despite what many people think, accessible vehicles are not just “vans with ramps.” These vehicles were meticulously designed around a wheelchair user’s needs to make every interaction, from entering and exiting to driving, simple and enjoyable. These vehicles feature lowered floors to allow for comfortable cabin maneuvering, a lightweight ramp that carries up to 1000 lbs., and a kneel system to lower the suspension making for an easier entry and exit. With integrated components and top of the line parts, a BraunAbility vehicle finish is unparalleled in the mobility industry.
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