With a lot of struggle, you can get a folding wheelchair and a person with mobility challenges into the family sedan, but a wheelchair van with a lift or ramp and a variety of other mobility equipment is much easier and safer. You may not need to purchase an accessible van right now, but one could come in handy occasionally.
If you’re recovering from a temporary disability or injury requiring a wheelchair, you want to avoid “cabin fever.” A rental van can help restore a sense of independence during a difficult time.
Renting is ideal if you want to treat a loved one to a vacation or want to transport them to a special event.
If Grandma or Grandpa lives in an independent living facility or nursing home, they probably don’t get out as much as they would like. Renting an accessible vehicle and taking them on a day trip or vacation with the rest of the family would brighten their lives.
Try It. You’ll Like It
If you’re considering the purchase of a handicap van and will be the driver, renting one first will give you a better assessment than simply test driving one.*
Give the Old One a Rest
The old van, that is. Accessible van owners sometimes rent one for long trips or vacations because their own has too many miles.
It may take some time to have a mobility vehicle converted. If you can’t wait, rent one until yours is ready.
*Most mobility dealers maintain a fleet of wheelchair accessible rental vans and some companies specialize in wheelchair van rentals. A rental can be made for one day or for weeks at a time.
The National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA) is an advocate for mobility and accessibility for drivers with disabilities. If you need help with converting or buying a handicap accessible car, truck or van, please consider one of our mobility equipment dealers.