What Do I Look for in Wheelchair Hoist Options?

by Ellen
(California, MO)

A wheelchair hoist, also known as a wheelchair lift, is an often essential piece of equipment for mobile individuals who are nevertheless relegated to using a wheelchair or electric scooter to get around.


A wheelchair hoist provides easier access into and out of vehicles, as well as transport for wheelchairs and scooters. While my parents don't need one of these (yet), several of my friend’s parents do, and they were looking for information.

When it comes to wheelchair hoist options, cost, compatibility, and functionality are main concerns that need to be addressed.

I found out that wheelchair lifts are available for not only vans and SUV's, but cars and trucks. They can be hitch or external mounted, or internal mounted. I also found out that wheelchair hoist options were also available for businesses and homes, and you can even find portable models for occasional use.

Average costs are under $2,000, and some start under $500, depending on design, manufacture, and type of lift. After additional research, I determined that most manufacturers of wheelchair hoist models offer package deals and financing options.

Most of the websites I accessed even had a calculator option that helps determine whether specific vehicle models are compatible with specific types of wheelchair hoist designs.

When looking for wheelchair hoist options and costs, access the Internet or stop by your local medical supply store to see what they have, or look through catalogs for additional options.

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Wheelchair Hoist Options - Makes Loading onto My Truck Easier
by: Anonymous

A wheelchair hoist or lift provides enhanced independence and mobility for any senior that has physical issues that limit walking.

I'm a disabled veteran, and I have a wheelchair hoist attached to my 4x4 truck. Mine has inside cab controls as well as controls on the lift itself.

Knowing that I can go anywhere, anytime, has done wonders for my mobility and my sense of independence.

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Wheelchair Hoist Options - Helps with My Mothers Electric Scooter
by: Marcia

My elderly mother has a scooter, which is great for the house, but I've wanted to take her out and about.

However, she didn't have a way to transport her scooter. She has a midsize sedan, and I was surprised, after we did some research after reading your article, that there were wheelchair hoist options that would be compatible with her car.

She is excited that she can now get out and about even more than she did before.

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