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How the Smart Lifter & Other Vehicle Lifts Empower Independence

Transporting a wheelchair or scooter is essential for your independence

For individuals with mobility challenges, maintaining independence is paramount. Whether it's running errands, visiting friends and family, or simply enjoying the freedom to explore, the ability to transport mobility equipment like wheelchairs and scooters is a critical aspect of leading a fulfilling life. However, this seemingly straightforward task often poses significant challenges.

In this article, we'll explore the barriers faced by individuals when it comes to transporting their mobility devices and introduce you to the Smart Lifter, an innovative solution that's changing the game.

an older woman in a yellow dress is standing at the back hatch of a vehicle, using a vehicle lift to unload her mobility device from the car

Barriers to Transporting a Mobility Device

Transporting a mobility device can be more complicated than it appears, and several barriers often stand in the way:

  • Equipment is Heavy: Mobility equipment, such as wheelchairs and scooters, can be quite heavy. This weight makes it challenging for individuals to load and unload their devices into vehicles independently.
  • Size Constraints: Many mobility devices are too large to fit inside standard vehicles, necessitating the use of specialized transportation methods.
  • Expensive Accessible Vehicles: Accessible vehicles, designed to accommodate mobility devices, can be prohibitively expensive for many individuals.

Vehicle Lifts: A Cost-Effective Solution

To overcome these barriers, many individuals turn to vehicle lifts as a practical and cost-effective alternative. These lifts are designed to fit a variety of vehicles and mobility devices, allowing users to transport their equipment without the need for an expensive accessible vehicle. Some common types of vehicle lifts include hitch lifts, hybrid lifts, and equipment hoists.

Spotlight:

The Smart Lifter
from Mobility Innovations

Among the various vehicle lift options available, the Smart Lifter from Mobility Innovations shines as a versatile and user-friendly solution.

Here are our favorite features:

  • Designed for Versatility: The Smart Lifter is an equipment hoist designed to lift your mobility device into your vehicle's hatch or tailgate. It is compatible with a wide range of vehicles, including trucks and those with rear hatches (such as minivans and SUVs).
  • Multiple Size Options: The Smart Lifter comes in three different size ranges to accommodate various mobility devices. The LM Range can lift devices weighing up to 175 lbs, the LC Range can handle devices up to 220 lbs, and the LP Range can lift devices weighing up to an impressive 440 lbs.
  • Easy Remote Control: Operating the Smart Lifter is a breeze thanks to its user-friendly remote control. This means no heavy lifting is required from the user, even for bulkier equipment.
  • Enhanced Safety Features: The handset keypad is backlit, making it safer and easier to use in low-light conditions. A service indicator eliminates the guesswork when it comes to maintenance needs.
  • Space Optimization: The Smart Lifter's hoist is removable even with the lift installed, allowing you to free up additional cargo space when needed. Fitting kits are designed to preserve as much cargo space as possible.
  • Transferable to Future Vehicles: Worried about changing vehicles? The Smart Lifter can be easily transferred to your next vehicle, providing a long-term solution.
  • Added Security: Optional restraint accessories are available to provide added security, holding the mobility device in place in case of sudden vehicle stops.
  • Overload Protection: The Smart Lifter is equipped with overload protection to prevent the motor from burning out, ensuring its durability.
the rear hatch of a cray minivan is open, revealing a red mobility scooter safely stowed on the hoist arm of the Smart Lifter

In Conclusion...

Vehicle lifts are essential tools that empower mobility users to lead independent lives. They eliminate the hassle of transporting  mobility devices while saving users from the considerable expense of purchasing accessible vehicles. With user-friendly features and a commitment to safety, the Smart Lifter, in particular, stands out as an ideal solution, offering newfound freedom and peace of mind to those who rely on mobility equipment.

Ready to experience the Smart Lifter?

Visit our vehicle lift page today to explore a wide range of options that can enhance your mobility and independence. Don't let transportation challenges hold you back—take the first step toward a more liberated and fulfilling life with the Smart Lifter. Your independence awaits!