This part of the Information Services website is for those who need information about getting in and out of a vehicle, by using adaptations or a Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle. For information on getting scooters and wheelchairs into your vehicle, go to Scooters and Wheelchairs.
Some Mobility Centres offer assessment on getting in and out of a vehicle that is specific to your mobility requirements. Before investing in one of the options discussed below it would be a good idea to visit your nearest Centre.
Adaptations for Getting In and Out of a Vehicle
There are a whole host of adaptations that can be used and fitted to help a driver or passenger get in and out of their vehicle more easily. Below are links to further information on:-
Wheelchair Systems where a specialised design of wheelchair moves into the vehicle and becomes the front passenger seat.
Swivel Seats, which rotate within the vehicle, and may help you in and out of the car if you have difficulty swivelling on the car seat. This links to a guide that describes options available and points to consider as well as the main manufacturers.
Contacts for External Person Hoists, which are designed to be used by hoisting a person using a sling and mobile hoist system and Integral Person Hoists, which are a hoisting system that has been fitted inside a vehicle.
Another solution is to install an electric lift into a exisiting vehicle, click below for a list of manufacturers of electric lifts.
Other Sources of Information
Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles (WAV's)
For some wheelchair users and their families, a Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle is an excellent way of keeping mobile. Below is a basic guide on what to look for, and where you can get them:-
Some Mobility Centres offer assessment on using a Wheelchair Accessible VehicleS and have one to demonstrate and discuss points to consider. Follow the link for details of your nearest Centre.
Where to get them
Below are contact lists for organisations that build and distrubute WAV's. Click this link for sources of funding or visit the Motability website if you want to see if you are eligible to use their scheme.
Many companies below will make a home visit:-
Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle Converters
Motability Accredited= Converters who have Motability Accreditation
WAVCA= Converterters who are members of WAVCA
DFW= Also convert vehicles for wheelchair drivers who want to drive from their wheelchair
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