Car interiors are often compact and not designed with specific accessibility features in mind. As a result, something simple as getting in and out of the vehicle can be challenging for people who use a wheelchair or mobility aid. Fortunately, several car accessories can enhance the comfort, safety, and independence of patients with mobility issues during travel.
It’s important to note that while several accessories can aid patients with mobility issues during travel, to overcome these challenges, it is essential to plan ahead, research accessible routes and facilities, ensure proper accommodations within the car, and have a support system in place for assistance when needed. That said, let’s look at essential car accessories for individuals with mobility challenges:
- Swivel Seat Cushion
A swivel seat cushion assists with easy entry and exit from the car. It allows the seat to rotate, reducing strain on the body and making it easier to get in and out of the vehicle.
- Handicap Lifts or Ramps
Lifts or ramps are crucial for wheelchair users or individuals with limited mobility. They can be installed in vans or larger vehicles to assist with wheelchair or scooter access. These devices provide a safe and convenient way to enter and exit the car.
- Hand Controls
Hand controls are designed for drivers who have limited or no use of their lower extremities. These devices enable the driver to operate the accelerator and brake pedals using their hands. Hand controls can be customized to fit the driver’s needs and are crucial for individuals with mobility issues who still want to drive independently.
- Transfer Board
A transfer board is a sturdy, lightweight board that helps bridge the gap between the wheelchair and the car seat. It assists with transferring from the wheelchair to the car seat, reducing strain and providing a smoother transition.
- Pedal Extensions
Pedal extensions are useful for drivers with limited leg mobility or those who require extra reach to operate the pedals comfortably. They allow the driver to adjust the distance between the seat and pedals to achieve a more ergonomic position.
- Wheelchair Securement System
A wheelchair securement system ensures that the wheelchair remains safely in place during transit. It consists of straps, hooks, and anchors that firmly secure the wheelchair to the vehicle, minimizing movement and providing stability.
- Grab Handles
Installing grab handles around the car’s interior can assist passengers with mobility issues in maintaining balance and stability during their journey and while getting in and out of the vehicle.
- Portable Wheelchair Ramp
A portable wheelchair ramp is useful when encountering situations where wheelchair access is limited. It enables individuals to overcome small steps, curbs, or other obstacles when entering or exiting the car.
- Emergency Assistance Device
An emergency assistance device, such as a panic button or medical alert system, can be helpful in case of emergencies. These devices allow individuals to call for help quickly, ensuring their safety and well-being while on the road.
Travel in Comfort With Stellar Transport’s NEMT Vehicles
Storing mobility aids like wheelchairs or scooters during travel can be a logistical challenge. Car trunks or backseats may not have enough space or appropriate restraints to secure these devices safely. This is why many doctors advise using NEMT vehicles for patients with mobility issues. If you or a loved one are seeking safe and comfortable travel options (long or short-distance), Stellar Transport can help.
Our NEMT vehicles are optimally equipped to accommodate the needs of travelers with mobility issues. To book an appointment or learn more about our services, speak with a member of our team today!