Tips and Resources for Choosing Your Mobility Product

BraunAbility has a Wide Variety of Resources to Help Answer All Your Mobility Questions


BraunAbility Blog

The BraunAbility Blog is a source of information on varying industry topics including disability rights, accessible living, product service, and maintenance tips, funding & financing, plus additional updates on mobility solutions such as wheelchair accessible vehicles and lifts for full-size vans.  

Community

Welcome to the BraunAbility Community section, your home for initiatives BraunAbility is taking in local communities all over North America. Find out when we will be in a city or town near you and check out our blog which is full of useful tips for you or the wheelchair user in your life.

Driving Certifications

Independently driving a modified vehicle as an individual with a physical disability is a journey that begins with driver certification. Here you can find the information you need to receive your certification and be ready to drive off in a new accessible vehicle.

Owner Stories

The needs of the people we serve inspire everything we do at BraunAbility. Our wheelchair accessible vehicles and mobility products let our customers achieve their goals and create memories. Click here to meet a selection of BraunAbility mobility product owners.

Medicare 

Medicare coverage is divided into four parts. Which one will help to cover the purchase of a wheelchair accessible vehicle? Learn about your options and coverage here. 

What is a Wheelchair Conversion Van or Accessible Vehicle?

Despite what many people think, wheelchair conversion vans are not just “vans with ramps.” These wheelchair accessible vehicles were meticulously designed around a wheelchair user’s needs to make every interaction with the vehicle, from entering and exiting to driving, simple and enjoyable. These accessible vehicles feature lowered floors to allow for comfortable cabin maneuvering, a lightweight ramp that carries up to 1000 lbs., and a kneeling system to lower the suspension, making for easier entry and exit in both manual and electric power wheelchairs. With integrated components and top-of-the-line parts, a BraunAbility wheelchair accessible vehicle finish is unparalleled in the mobility industry.

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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 side- versus rear-entry accessible vehicle products as easily as the size of your personal garage or driveway.

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.

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