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According to a recent national poll by the National Aging and Disability Transportation Center, older adults and people with disabilities feel there is still a lack of accessible and reliable transportation alternatives. This prevents them from doing what they need to and leaves them feeling without independence, isolated, frustrated and trapped.

More than one in 5 Americans ages 65 and older do not drive, and the demand for transportation is rapidly growing as the boomer population grows. To help meet needs, the National Aging and Disability Transportation Center (NADTC) launched an “Every Ride Counts” campaign. Through the campaign, the NADTC hopes this national effort will increase awareness of local transportation options for people with disabilities and aging adults throughout the United States. 

A stunning 80 percent of young people with disabilities surveyed shared they are often prevented from doing the things they would like to do due to lack of transportation. This difference in lifestyle from their peers is one of the leading causes of isolation which leads to depression. Yet, it isn’t only about where they want to go. Many express the need to make it to doctor’s or other essential appointments and cannot due to transportation issues.  

According to Carol Wright Kenderdine, co-director, NADTC and assistant Vice President of transportation & mobility for Easterseals, “To address this need, particularly in small communities, NADTC recently funded ten community grants to support planning for alternatives, such as volunteer transportation, rideshare options and expanding transit.” Many hospitals do offer appointment pick-up. You simply need to schedule it when you schedule your appointment. Not all doctors and hospitals, however, can provide pick-up to rural areas. 

Thankfully, they say, “we are living in the future,” and apps like Uber are becoming more disability-friendly. Hopefully, we will see more companies like them in the future. If NADTC and companies such as these can combine their efforts, we can lessen the transportation issues people with disabilities and aging adults face.

At Next Day Access, the needs of our customers are important to us. We also support the valiant efforts of NADTC. We offer several products to help people feel safe and comfortable at home and on the go. If you struggle to get around because you lack a vehicle lift on your car, please let us help. Our vehicle lifts are designed to help people move in and out of all vehicles and are easy to use. We urge any drivers for ride-share programs looking into making their vehicle more disability-friendly to contact us today. We can help you install a vehicle lift on your car quickly and efficiently. 

A vehicle lift is a mobility tool that helps individuals who use a wheelchair or a scooter. The scooter or wheelchair can be safely stored inside or outside the vehicle with little effort and transported to the destination for use by installing a vehicle lift in a van or on a vehicle. Being able to take a mobility device on the go is very helpful for people that would otherwise be homebound.  

There are a variety of vehicle lifts available for purchase. Rest assured the professionals at Next Day Access will help you choose the right lift for your needs. To ensure you get the best vehicle lift for your needs, here are three questions to ask before buying a vehicle lift. 

What type of lift do you need?

The type of vehicle lift you need will depend on several factors, but an essential element is what kind of vehicle you drive. It is good to research which lift is most compatible with your vehicle.

For example, if you have a van, the vehicle lift will differ from the vehicle lift for a sedan. You will also want to consider if you need more cargo space in the vehicle. If so, a Bruno Out-Sider Vehicle Lift may be a good option for you. 

Is the lift easy to operate and install?

At Next Day Access, we can install your vehicle lift quickly with little interruption to your daily activities. How your vehicle lift operates is up to you. You can choose between electric vehicle lifts or a manual vehicle lift. Each version has its benefits.

The electric version allows you to slide your mobility device onto the lift and have it lifted and secured with a button push. A manual lift uses a rolling mechanism where you manually roll the lift into its proper position. 

Is the vehicle lift ADA compliant?

What does it mean for a vehicle lift to be ADA compliant? According to the ADA or Americans with Disabilities Act website, this act was put in place to outline a specific set of standards that facilities, workplaces, and accommodations must obey.

Therefore, when a company is ADA compliant, the mobility devices they sell, including vehicle lifts, must meet ADA standards. These standards ensure that you are less likely to be injured using their products.

At Next Day Access, we are ADA compliant. If you have any questions about the Next Day Access vehicle lifts or any mobility or accessibility product, please do not hesitate to contact us. Our experts have you covered from the most common questions to specific technical and safety details. 

As a mobility device user, one of your main concerns may be how to transport your wheelchair or scooter. With a vehicle lift, traveling with your mobility device can make the journey easier. Vehicle lifts are designed to safely transport an electric wheelchair, scooter, or manual wheelchair on or in your vehicle. At Next Day Access, we feature a variety of vehicle lifts that can accommodate your car, truck, etc. Here are some things to consider when purchasing a vehicle lift:  

Types of Vehicle Lifts

The most common types of lifts are inside, outside, or hybrid.

  • Inside lifts are mounted in the vehicle’s cargo area with a hoist mechanism that swings outside the vehicle to load and lift the mobility device into the vehicle.  
  • Outside lifts attach to the vehicle with a hitch and consists of an actuator and platform, which secures and carries the mobility device on the back of the vehicle.  
  • Hybrid Lifts are mounted in the vehicle’s cargo area. These are designed to move out and down so the mobility device can load onto the platform on the ground. It is then lifted automatically into the vehicle for transport. 

Vehicle Lift Compatibility

Before choosing the lift for your wheelchair or mobility scooter, it’s important to know your vehicle’s make and model. While you can buy a lift for just about any type of vehicle, it’s not a one-size-fits-all type of purchase. Knowing the make and model of your mobility device will help determine which lift will work. 

Weight Capacity Considerations

It’s essential to know the weight of your mobility device, when looking for a vehicle lift. Your accessibility expert can help you choose a lift that will handle the weight of your device.

There are many things to consider when choosing a vehicle lift. At Next Day Access, our accessibility experts can work with you to provide the most appropriate lift for your vehicle. When you share with our experts your specific needs, they will ensure that you get the perfect vehicle lift. Contact us today for a free in-home safety evaluation.

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Wheelchairs, scooters and other mobility devices provide users and their family with convenience and safety and the opportunity to keep living a full and active life together.

Next Day Access, the leader in accessibility solutions, makes it so much easier for you to maintain an active, involved lifestyle, no matter your destination. Where you go, your device can also go. No matter what your choice of mobility device, we have a vehicle lift that will allow you to easily transport your scooter, motorized wheelchair, or other mobility device.

Our hybrid wheelchair lift features include the ability to accommodate virtually all scooters and power chairs with no modifications required. Our van wheelchair lifts can handle nearly any scooter or power chair and is available in 350-pound and heavy-duty 400-pound capacities.

We also offer outside wheelchair vehicle lifts designed specifically for mid-power wheelchairs. The compact, open platform will accommodate 10” or 14” mid-wheel drive (MWD) chairs up to 350 pounds.

Then there is our Power Tote wheelchair lift. This lightweight, powered lift system can help you transport a manual folding wheelchair with ease. Featuring a capacity of 100 pounds, each unit easy-to-use, one-switch button operation. Adjustable hold-down arms safely secure the chair for efficient transportation. The Power Tote Wheelchair Lift also compactly folds when not being used and includes a useful Swing-Away option.

Mobility means mobility everywhere, not in the home alone. Let Next Day Access outfit your automotive transport with a wheelchair lift today and enjoy the freedom of mobility everywhere! Call us now to learn about our complete line of mobility products.

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