For wheelchair users, mobility can be an everyday challenge. And, when it comes to completing simple tasks like picking up groceries, going to a doctor’s appointment or just going to a family member’s home, finding transportation can make these easy trips turn into a bigger ordeal. For many wheelchair users this means arranging for a caretaker to help them transfer into a car or SUV and then driving them to their destination. This can be taxing for both the wheelchair user and their caregivers, both physically and also mentally.
And, even though a wheelchair van can provide increased mobility for wheelchair users, many may be hesitant to consider buying one of the many wheelchair vans sale. For some, this is because an accessible minivan can be costly and they don’t think they can afford it. For others, it may be because they prefer a car and don’t find driving a van as appealing or maybe they think it won’t be as fun to drive.
But, as we tell all of the customers we work with, there are many benefits to owning a wheelchair van that they may not have considered before. Take a look at these five benefits for owning a wheelchair van – you may be surprised to learn a few ways a wheelchair van could benefit you or a loved one:
Comfortability and Reduced Pain & Fatigue
Transferring a wheelchair user into a standard seat of a car can become incredibly taxing on a caregiver. It can cause shoulder, back and joint pain, and also lead to fatigue more quickly. Similarly, the requirement of transferring to a standard vehicle seat can become taxing on the wheelchair user’s body, especially their shoulders and back. For some wheelchair users, the pain can cause them to want to avoid transfers altogether and reduce their mobility even further.
Wheelchair vans eliminate the need for transfers to a standard vehicle seat. Wheelchair users can roll into the vehicle’s cabin and sit using their wheelchair in the front passenger position, a middle cabin position or even the driver’s position. For many wheelchair users, this is the most comfortable way to ride within a vehicle, by remaining in their wheelchair.
For wheelchair users with greater mobility who may want to transfer to a driver or passenger seat, a wheelchair van transfer seat, like the Rollx Vans six way transfer seat, is a great option available for many wheelchair vans. This option allows wheelchair users to position their wheelchair side-by-side with the transfer seat and transfer in a safe, comfortable way that is much easier on their body than moving to a standard vehicle seat.
Ease of Entering and Exiting the Vehicle
Wheelchair accessible minivans and full size van options make getting into and out of a vehicle incredibly simple. With a Rollx Vans model, wheelchair users just need to click one button on their wheelchair van’s remote control to open the sliding door and operate the fold out or in-floor ramp, or wheelchair van lift. Once inside the van, wheelchair users can move around with their wheelchair and secure themselves in their chosen seat position with the use of a manual or electronic tie down device. Plus, the lowered floor and interior eyebrow allow for caregivers to move within the cabin of the van with ease.
Vehicle safety is incredibly important for anyone out on the open road. For wheelchair users looking to stay within their wheelchair inside a vehicle, safety can be an important concern. Wheelchair van manufacturers, like our team at Rollx Vans, strive to make sure wheelchairs stay locked safely in place within the vehicle’s cabin, even in the event of an accident. They do this with the help of wheelchair securement devices and through thorough safety testing of the converted vehicle.
One often overlooked benefit of a wheelchair van is the amount of time the vehicle saves for the wheelchair user and their caregiver. As mentioned earlier, wheelchair vans reduce the amount of time it takes to enter and exit the vehicle by allowing the wheelchair user to remain in their chair and eliminate the need to wait for the wheelchair to be folded and stowed away by a caregiver. This alone allows wheelchair van users to get on the open road in a quicker, more efficient manner.
Greater Freedom and Independence
Above all else, wheelchair vans allow wheelchair users more independence and freedom with their mobility than any other type of vehicle. With the help of a wheelchair van, wheelchair users can go where they want to go, whenever they want to go there. They can choose to be the driver for increased independence, or they can choose to be a passenger within the vehicle without leaving the comfort of their wheelchair. The possibilities with a wheelchair van, whether it’s a minivan or a full-size van, are endless.
The Benefit of Owning a Rollx Van
At Rollx Vans, we offer benefits above and beyond the other wheelchair van dealers in our industry, so our customers benefit from the Rollx Vans Advantage. Our customers experience the safety that’s backed by our ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management Certification. They experience the unmatched protection of our 7 year/100,000 mile warranty on our structural conversion. Plus, they get the convenience of our free home delivery, 24/7 roadside assistance and at-home service completed by experience Rollx Vans certified technicians.
At Rollx Vans, our customers benefit by becoming a member of our family. We know they are going to love their custom wheelchair van, so we back it with a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee. If you’re ready to learn more about the benefits we have to offer our customers, contact one of our experienced sales team members. We promise that you won’t be sorry that you did.