Many people think that when requiring a vehicle to accommodate a wheelchair user, their only option is a costly Wheelchair Accessible Van.
Our Milford Person Lift is an ideal alternative solution as it allows for easy and comfortable transfers from wheelchair into a car seat and allows people to retain their current vehicle whilst enjoying a range of extra benefits.
Here we have outlined the key differences between each option so you can choose the right solution for you.
1/ Cost Effective
A brand-new Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle with modifications can cost in excess of $30,000 which can cause a lot of financial stress. Whereas the Milford Person Lift only costs around $5000 fully fitted.
2/ Increased Safety
Posture & Mobility Group have put together International Best Practice Guidelines on how a wheelchair user should travel in a vehicle. They recommend that where possible a wheelchair user should transfer from their vehicle to the standard car seat as the safest way to travel. (page 8 refers)
With the Milford Person Lift, the wheelchair user can take full advantage of the standard vehicle safety systems such as locking seatbelts, air bags and supportive seats. In a Wheelchair Accessible Van, the restraints and modifications provide the only safety.
3/Comfortable & Sociable Journeys
The Milford Person Lift allows the wheelchair user to sit up front with travelling companions which provides a more sociable and enjoyable journey as well as being able to enjoy all the usual vehicle luxuries such as air conditioning and heated seats!
However, when travelling in a Wheelchair Accessible Van, it can be quite isolating as the wheelchair user often has to sit alone in the rear.
Thanks to the clever design of the Milford Person Lift, it provides a subtle and discreet solution which many people appreciate unlike Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles.
5/ Your Choice of Vehicle
The Milford Person Lift can be fitted into virtually any make and model which means you won’t need to swap your current vehicle or buy a new one. Unfortunately, the options for converted vans are very limited and may not meet all your other wants and needs.
When the time does come to change your vehicle, the Person Lift can easily be swapped over. Whereas if you want a new converted vehicle you will need to buy the Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle and all the modifications again.