Seniors with limited mobility struggle with car travel
When older adults have limited mobility, it’s a struggle for them and you to leave the house. Getting into and out of the car can be almost impossible.
Without any auto mobility aids, helping these seniors into a car can take multiple people, making every trip to the doctor a major event. If you can’t get enough help from others, you could end up hurting yourself or might be forced to use non-emergency ambulance transportation (expensive!).
If your senior is still fairly mobile, but has to cope with annoying issues that make car travel frustrating or tiring, try these 6 simple auto aids.
4 advanced auto aids make car travel easier for seniors
We found four advanced auto aids that are more expensive than the simple ones, but solve the bigger problems that come with limited mobility.
1. $59 Ultra Slick Transfer Board
To help your senior get from their wheelchair to a car, this ultra slick board bridges the gap and makes it possible for them to scoot from one seat to the other without needing to stand.
FYI: The picture above isn’t of this product, but shows how it’s used.
2. $70 Safetysure Standing Pivot Disc
Some older adults can stand up from a wheelchair, but can’t turn around to sit in the car. This disc saves you from injuring your back or shoulders while helping them turn around.
With this pivot disc, your senior stands on the disc and you can slowly turn them so their back faces the car seat and they can sit down.
3. $218 Beasy Transfer Board
If you need to move someone from a wheelchair to the car, this board can make that task easier and safer on both you and your senior. There’s a disc that slides along the board so you can push them from one seat to the other. They don’t need to scoot their butt and you don’t need to provide as much lifting or carrying support.
It’s expensive, but may let you delay more expensive options like non-emergency ambulance transport, buying an automatic access lift seat, or getting an accessible van.
4. From $28,700 Toyota Sienna with Auto Access Seat
This specialized van comes factory installed with an auto access lift seat that automatically turns and extends all the way outside the car.
It’s a major investment, but if you need to drive someone with limited mobility and are in the market for a new car, it makes life a lot easier!
DailyCaring tip: If you don’t need a new car, but are interested in an automatic access seat, contact your car dealership. There are options that can be installed in a car you already own.
These auto aids are more expensive, but might be worth the investment if it makes it possible to take your senior out of the house. Plus, these options (except the car) cost much less than a one-time ambulance transport.