An occupied wheelchair lift is a mechanical platform designed to raise and lower to allow an individual with a wheelchair to enter and exit a vehicle. There are many different styles of wheelchair lifts to fit most individual needs and lifestyles. A wheelchair lift can provide the independence to go where you want, when you want to!
There are several styles of occupied wheelchair lifts: Standard Dual-Post, Single-Post Split-Platform, Dual-Post Split-Platform and Under-Vehicle.
A standard dual-post lift uses two hydraulic arms and a sturdier platform to lift heavier wheelchairs. Many people rely on the dual-post wheelchair lift for its strength, dependability and stability. Although the standard dual-post lift provides a larger platform, it should be noted that the lift blocks the entryway where it’s located and may also inhibit the front passenger from reclining or sliding backward.
A single-post split-platform lift employs a platform that splits or folds when stowed to allow access to the entryway where the lift is located. This clears the way for others to enter and exit the vehicle without having to deploy the lift. The single post is located toward the rear of the vehicle when mounted in the side passenger doors, allowing the front passenger more legroom as well as the ability to recline.
Dual-post split-platform lifts are designed with the strength and stability of a dual-post lift and the visibility of a split-platform lift. The wheelchair lift platform folds horizontally. Visibility through the entryway window is un-obscured, and the wheelchair platform is hidden from outside view when the lift is stowed.
An under-vehicle lift mounts outside the vehicle under the frame of a full-size van on the passenger side. Under-vehicle lifts do not infringe on the interior space or change the vehicle aesthetics.
At R&J Mobility Service, we offer occupied wheelchair and scooter lifts by some of the industry’s top manufacturers: