What Do I Look for in Wheelchair Hoist Options?
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.