Why Get a Vehicle Lift?
Getting out and about is an integral part of living, keeping a daily routine, and maintaining a sense of independence—especially for seniors aging in place. With a proper vehicle lift, they can make going out an everyday event.
If you are a caretaker or have a loved one who requires a scooter, a vehicle lift introduces new adventures. On their own, or together with you, going to the movies, going out to eat, and going shopping all become possible.
Vehicle lifts are also crucial if the senior you care for requires multiple doctor visits. Going to the doctor isn’t always enjoyable, but it is essential. And by bringing their mobility device, you have increased your loved one’s confidence and independence.
And scooter lifts don’t need to be a burden. Many seniors prefer to lease vehicles, and the good news is that many scooter lifts work well in leased vehicles. Outside lifts can be attached to any car with the proper hitch, and many inside lifts are now designed to have no permanent installation and require no modification.
Inside Lifts vs. Outside Lifts
Inside lifts are typically designed for vans and SUVs. They can be side-door access or rear access. The scooter or power chair travels directly inside the vehicle. An inside lift is an excellent option if you want to protect your power chair from wear and tear while traveling.
Some people prefer side-door lifts, which are limited to inside lifts because they can be safer to use. When loading a rear lift, you are vulnerable to traffic traveling past the vehicle. Side-door lifts keep you next to the car.
Outside lifts attach to the rear of your vehicle, and you can find one compatible with nearly any car. Outside lifts do fold against the trunk or tailgate when not in use, but once a scooter is loaded it extends the length of the vehicle. Sometimes it becomes tricky to find a parking space to accommodate the extended range.
When considering the right scooter car lift, consider the weight of your scooter and the type of lift you want. Inside and outside lifts have their benefits. Also, understand your own ability and strength and/or that of your senior, and consider if a manual lift with a ramp is possible or if you prefer the ease of an automatic, electric lift.