Auto access products are designed to help people with limited mobility
hit the road and travel independently. Services and products
range from the entry level, such as ramps and simple lifts, to the more
detailed, such as complete vehicle conversions. Many HMEs can ease
their way into providing auto access with the more “entry level” products,
as those items often do not necessitate the tools and expertise that
massive van conversion projects require.
For instance, ramps are used for patients that are traveling with a
caregiver who can help them get in and out of the vehicle, and that
help take care of getting the mobility device in and out of the vehicle.
Or they can be used for patients with only limited mobility that can be
ambulatory for short durations of time and that are capability of setting
up the ramp and loading and unloading the device on their own.
Also, lifts attach to a vehicle and allow a power mobility device user
or caregiver to roll the device onto the lift, secure it and hit the road.
But, they do not require overhaul of a vehicle like a conversion would.
Auto access continues to provide an attractive retail sales category
for providers, which is important because tighter Medicare funding has
forced providers to seek new revenue streams. Here are some recent
solutions on the market:
Drivers and passengers get an unobstructed view with the Klearvue folding platform lift. The unique folding design eliminates hazardous blind spots.
The Braun Corp.
A lift for larger power chairs, the fully automatic Braun UVL provides full-size van users with an unobstructed doorway, a full window view and greater interior space.
Silver Star Lifts & Ramps
Full Platform Exterior Lift
Loading and unloading on inclines and rough terrain is no problem for the Full Platform Exterior Lift, equipped with a self-leveling platform and a three-point tie-down system.
The AL430 Tri-Powered Inside Lift from Harmar Mobility combines powered lifting and rotation with a 12-inch powered telescoping boom. The additional reach and a compact design make the AL430 suitable for smaller rear-door openings and side-door minivan applications. For ease of use, the AL430 requires just two steps to operate the lift's three motors. Standard features include an integrated offset post and remote hand control.
AL010 Micro Scooter Lift
Harmar Mobility's redesigned AL010 Micro Scooter Lift, upgraded to carry both three- and four-wheel micro scooters, utilizes a larger platform yet retains the unique hold-down arm necessary to quickly secure scooters to the back of most vehicles. The lift weighs only 70 lbs. and has a 135-lb. lifting capacity.
AL3000 Covered Outside Lift
- Allows easy transport of scooters and power chairs while keeping them protected from the elements
- Features a plastic watertight cover
- Spring-assisted operation eases opening and closing of cover
- Mounts on Class II hitches and carries 350-lb. lifting capacity
The AL690 side-door hybrid platform lift from Harmar Mobility is available with an adjustable platform that measures 38 inches in length with width-wise adjustability from 21.5 to 28.5 inches. The AL690 requires no assembly and the simple installation uses existing second-row seat hardware with no drilling required. The lift provides closer access to the driver or passenger door and is compatible with most power chairs and shorter scooters. Simple one-button operation and drive-on/drive-off simplicity makes the AL690 a user-friendly lift.
Ergonomic hand control
A powered boom with 12” of additional reach has been added to clear the rear bumper of large vehicles and handle large power chairs or scooters. The lift features an ergonomic hand control and two wireless key fobs. The device offers a maximum rotation range of 200 degrees. The base allows for 180 degrees of adjustment on the lift base mounting legs.
The Elite G2 sports an interior-mounted design to protect chairs and scooters from the elements. The drive-on/drive-off platform is designed for optimum accessibility, and the quick cycling efficiency offers faster loading and unloading. Installation doesn’t require drilling.