Wheelchair Transport For A Loved One: Issues To Consider

Caring for a wheelchair-bound loved one presents the opportunity to learn many new skills and methods you need to get them through the day. They may stay home most of the time, but when they need wheelchair transport, it is up to you to determine how that will happen. If you already have a van or will be buying something new, consider the following.


Whatever van you'll transport your loved one in, a ramp is a vital tool. The ramp must allow for a smooth ride, but it must be stable and sturdy enough to handle the weight of the chair and your relative inside it. 

Many options exist. You may hope to construct a basic ramp from leftover lumber you have laying around your property, for instance. However, remember that untreated lumber can ultimately split or rot. Metal or vinyl could be better. 

Considering a power ramp is wise, particularly if the plan is to transport your relative during emergencies. The alternative is a temporary, hand-operated model that would take longer to operate; that extra time could be excruciating when your loved one needs to receive medical help.

An important choice to make is ramp length. The longest ramp you can afford will allow for the least amount of incline,  which can feel and look safer for your loved one to travel on.

Head Room

Your loved one has to be able to fit comfortably inside any van you'll use. For that reason, you need to figure out right away whether their wheelchair is a suitable size. You can have your loved one sit in their chair and measure both from the ground up, or you can use ramps to get them into a van and decide from there.

Van Controls

Even if your primary focus is getting your loved one around with you as the primary operator of the vehicle, there may be some times when they want to drive themselves around. Investigate what kind of customized setups could be arranged. With a few installations, hand controls and other components will allow your relative the possibility of self-transport in non-emergency situations.

Making transport decisions for someone in a wheelchair should include thoughts regarding the issues described. After conversations with retailers and your loved one, transport can be arranged. In addition, contacting a professional wheelchair transport company can provide more options and guidance so you can make logical choices