Before You Buy A Mobility Seat for Your Car, Truck, Van or SUV - Consider these 5-Items
- Person Who Needs It: Similar to wheelchair options, it’s equality important to consider the person’s vehicle seating needs and how the product can best assist. Is it for a child or adult? What seat placement position in the vehicle makes the most sense for the mobility seat? If for a driver, what control settings or customized control buttons are available? If for a child or someone who needs assistance, what options might a caregiver need in getting the person into position.
- Usage: It’s best to have a plan for usage. Is this something to be utilized once or twice a day, or less frequent? Is it for the person driving or passenger? Talk to your Mobility Consultant or Lift Specialist about your desired goals to accomplish the best mobility transportation option available.
- Cost: The cost of these products can vary according to mobility seat type and the vehicle it will be going into. You will also want to make sure to have a certified NMEDA dealer install your product. This insures it meets all highway and load capacity ratings. Also, you have the peace of mind it was installed by a seating professional and avoid potential costly mistakes down the road.
- Fit and Comfort: This seat will be an investment in your mobility. It’s important to make sure the mobility seat gives you the ride you expect and need, including accounting for any health-related seating reasons. Some manufacturers require an aftermarket seat to be used for the application. You can often get the aftermarket seat to match in color. You can also upgrade the aftermarket seat to have leather, include heat and/or armrests if desired. Want to keep your OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) seat? There are some applications available where you can keep the design and comfort of your OEM seat. When possible, try out the seat or comparable product.
- What Does this Product Accomplish? Is a mobility seat the best solution long term or short term solution or both? You’ll want to take into account the injury or illness and if there is any ongoing progression. This solution might work at the moment, but not long term. Have a plan in place for this investment.