This section includes equipment designed either to lift a person or a wheelchair/scooter into a vehicle. Some may lift into the front or back seat of a car, some into the rear, and some store unoccupied wheelchairs/scooters on the car roof.
Car fixed hoists move a person from a wheelchair/scooter to a car seat, and vice versa. They are either fixed to the floor or other suitable anchorage point of the car. They consist of a boom which extends over the person to be lifted, a spreader bar and slings. Once the slings have been positioned around the person they are hooked onto the spreader bar. The boom is then raised either electrically or by hydraulic pump. This lifts the person clear of the wheelchair so they can be manoeuvred into the car and positioned into the seat. Small mobile hoists may be used for car transfers if they can be dismantled and stowed in the car boot.
Hoists and lifts to move occupied wheelchairs/scooters enable a passenger to be transferred directly from an attendant or user propelled wheelchair frame on a swivel base into the front seat or back seat of a car. Some lifts are fixed to the vehicle and are designed to be stored in or underneath it when not being used.
Hoists and lifts to move unoccupied wheelchairs/scooters to lift an empty wheelchair or scooter into the rear of a car, or onto the car roof.
If you know that there is a certain product that will help you, feel free to browse through our online catalogue or use our search tool for specific product names. National retailers are listed against each product and you can click on their link to go directly to their website to order that product or contact the retailer for more information. Don't forget to tell them you found their information on our site.
If you are unsure about what you need why not try our AskSARA tool to narrow down your search by considering what areas of daily living you need help with.
If you would prefer to speak to someone for advice about daily living equipment, please contact our Helpline on 0300 999 0004.
Our experienced advisors will help you find the solution to your problem and can send you information on products that might help you, where you can buy equipment and other useful organisations that might be able to help you.
You can also post a question on the Youreable forum. it’s free to join the forum and the community is supportive and knowledgeable. The forum is an online community of and for disabled and older people and their families/carers.