Being able to drive is often one of the most important things people want to continue doing in order remain independent. Fortunately, there are solutions that can help those who use a wheelchair and have the ability to drive with keeping that independent lifestyle.
Specially designed ‘6-way’ transfer seat bases that raise up, move forward, back and swivel are available for many types of minivan conversions and wheelchair accessible SUVs — such as the new BraunAbility Chevy Traverse. These seats can swivel left to right as much as 100° and move front to back horizontally over 21”, providing the means for a person using a wheelchair to more easily transfer from their chair to the driver seat position.
NMEDA QAP service technicians available at The Mobility Resource dealer locations are specially trained to install and service this special mobility seating equipment to the manufacturer’s specifications. They can also install a variety of different types of hand controls, so long as the driver has the proper training and equipment recommendation from a certified driver rehabilitation specialist (CDRS).
Service and Other Specialty Seating Solutions
Replacement parts and technical assistance are readily available should your seating product ever need maintenance or repair. In many cases, the 6-way transfer seat base can also be removed and re-installed in a new vehicle, depending on the condition of the equipment and the model of the van. There are also a variety of other swivel seating and handicap lift-up seat solutions to help with getting in and out of a vehicle on the driver side and passenger side of sedans, SUVs, pickup trucks and vans.
Find a handicap van dealer near you to learn more about specialty seating equipment to help maintain your independent lifestyle!
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