This article will introduce the topic of wheelchair accessible vehicles and how it can help a person with mobility needs.
Gilani Engineering specialises in designing and manufacturing the latest assistive vehicles such as mobility scooters and motorised wheelchairs featuring the requirements highlighted by customers over time. We at Gilani Engineering focus our efforts to model and manufacture assistive aid products and vehicles for our customers which are not only ergonomically optimized but are also equipped with the latest tools and technologies to provide our customers with once in a lifetime experience. Our approach is customer-centric and we believe in a constant improvisation strategy to be the market leaders in the manufacturing lines of assistive aid products. While Gilani Engineering offers contemporary mobility assistance products like electric wheelchairs, lightweight foldable wheelchairs, power scooters and standing wheelchairs, it also offers roadside mobility assistance services for longer routes. It not only becomes a challenge for the physically impaired people but is also a great challenging situation for the caretakers of these people as well since settling the mobility-impaired passengers in an ordinary car is not only an exhausting but is also a frequently occurring job which makes it even more tiresome. Gilani Engineering provides wheelchair accessible vehicles also known as WAVs that are modified to meet and accommodate the needs and expectations of a wheelchair passenger. A customised wheelchair accessible vehicle can have the provision to contain more than one wheelchair passenger and a normal WAV vehicle can contain a total of 3-4 passengers including casual passengers. These customised wheelchair accessible vehicles enable wheelchair users to get inside or exit from a car comfortably without having to be removed from their wheelchairs. Gilani Engineering, an approved NDIS service provider, provides these wheelchair accessible vehicles to Australian citizens with limited mobility freedom on a hiring or rental basis. These WAVs let the physically challenged people enjoy a smooth, seamless and carefree outdoor experience without depending on others significantly for their mobility needs.
Wheelchair accessible vehicles offer greater mobility freedom to both the wheelchair users as well as their caretakers. A WAV can take care of the casual outdoor mobility needs of a wheelchair passenger easily. From going to a nearby grocery store to visiting a doctor for appointments, all the everyday activities can be performed without a major reliance on anyone else. Regardless of the fact that one owns a manual wheelchair or a motorized scooter, the wheelchair accessible vehicle can accommodate it all. These modified vehicles have a number of essential benefits for wheelchair users that are briefly discussed below.
Increased Mobility: First things first, wheelchair accessible vehicles increase the mobility freedom of the entire family of a wheelchair person. It allows the wheelchair user to have a greater degree of outdoor mobility and lets them be a happy part of family adventures and roadside trips. These WAVs make movement easier and comfortable for routine activities and community gatherings.
Ease of Access: One of the principal benefits of wheelchair accessible vehicles is that they do not require the wheelchair user to be removed from their chairs in order to be moved to the car seat. The tiring and sometimes embarrassing (for the wheelchair user) activity of moving in or out of the vehicle no longer exists. Apart from this, the manual transfer of the passenger to and from a car is discouraged for ergonomic inconsistencies since these activities put unnecessary strain and pressure on the shoulders and back of the wheelchair person. It slowly damages the strength of the core body reflexes. In this way, the use of wheelchair accessible vehicles not only ensures the ease of access but also protects the physical health of the wheelchair user as well.
Adaptability: These vehicles have great possibilities for adaptive conversion such as low-effort steering, in-floor ramp technology and automated ramp systems which make their operations convenient and simple. This accessibility makes getting accustomed to these vehicles easy while preventing injuries in case any equipment is not used properly. Usability and practicality are the major benefits of wheelchair accessible vehicles because they make moving from one point to another an enjoyable and seamless process.
Time effectiveness: Transferring a wheelchair user to and from a wheelchair accessible car is as easy and comfortable as sliding a wheelchair a few yards away. The ramps and lift systems render this process even smoother and quicker unlike the ordinary way of manually transferring the wheelchair user that would consume a lot of time.
Psychologically Healthy: Wheelchair accessible vehicles revive the mobility freedom of the physically impaired people manifolds and they begin to participate in everyday activities and other community events more often which gives them a sense of completeness and freedom. The burden of always being relying on someone else is also removed which has proven to increase the psychological health of the physically impaired people as well.
Extra Freedom: Gilani Engineering offers wheelchair accessible vehicles that have the provision for a wheelchair driver seat as well. It means that if you are a wheelchair bound person and yet you can access and drive your own car easily, then you do not need a caregiver very much. In this way, you can entertain yourself with the extra freedom that you unlock by using a wheelchair accessible vehicle.
Safety: As per the safety compliance requirements enforced by the Commonwealth Government's Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport (DSAPT), all wheelchair accessible vehicles are supposed to have a restraint belts mechanism system in order to ensure the safety of the wheelchair passengers. This mechanism works more like a safety belt except that it is mounted on four points to assure increased safety. The anti-skid floor of the car additionally secures the wheelchair passenger from any unforeseen incident. In this way, these WAVs are completely safe for special needs passengers to enjoy an outdoor roadside freedom of mobility.