Category Archives: Wheelchair and Scooter Lifts

Rob Jones Inspirational 5400 Mile Cross-Country Bike Trip

For many people, Rob Jones is the very definition of determination, however inspiration is definitely another word that comes to mind.

His story starts with intense Marine Corp training, and transitions to stints in Iraq and Afghanistan where he sought out weapon caches and roadside bombs. Unfortunately, it was on one of these tours that resulted in Jones losing both of his legs in a roadside bomb explosion. The explosion forever changed his life, but not his determination and perseverance. In fact, after months of physical therapy and recovery that most would see as a life ending experience, Rob made a decision that would define his existence; he wanted to again ride a bike, and the story goes… Jones did exactly what he set out to do. In fact, he did it so well, he won the bronze medal at the Paralympics in 2012.

Yet, as this accomplishment wasn’t deemed hard enough, Jones decided to add a new chapter to his life—one that may be his most difficult yet. He decided that he will travel 5,400 miles across the country on a bicycle to raise funds and awareness for his cause.

His plans have him traveling 30 miles each day, and will take anywhere between four to seven months to complete. Yet despite as it seems, Rob’s not doing this just to reach some massive goal he has set for himself. As mentioned earlier, he plans to speak at a few schools along the way, and has hopes of raising $1 million that will be donated back to the very programs that helped him during his very challenging times.

In terms of motivation to keep him going, Jones stated: “You remember that what you’re trying to achieve is more important than what you want in the moment. So I might want to stop, but I want to finish more than I want to stop.”

For encouragement and assistance, Rob’s younger brother will be following behind him in a pickup truck, where he will also be sleeping during the trip, as he vows to take absolutely none of the donated money for his own expenses. “It’s going to be work,” Jones says, “but at the same time it’s going to be something that I should enjoy.”

To meet Rob along the way and provide your support, track his progress, or to make a donation to his cause, you can visit his website here http://www.robjonesjourney.com/

Basketball Star with a Physical Challenge Signs with Florida

Disabilty? What Disabilty…

Zach Hodskins is a force to be reckoned with. You see, Zach hasn’t let a physical challenge get in the way of his dreams. At 6’4”, 200 pounds, Zach has not only overcome life’s challenges, but he has become a skilled 3 point shooter despite not having a left forearm.

But it wasn’t always that way for Hodskins. In fact, he says growing up was a little tough, and he remembers regularly thanking God for giving him the will and motivation to overcome the obstacles, and crushing the doubters.

Well, it appears his hard work is about to pay off. Recently after drawing the attention of numerous Division 1 teams, Zach received the news of a lifetime, and Zach signed with Florida as a preferred walk-on! That’s right, Billy Donovan Florida!

Truly inspiring, Zach has once again crushed the doubters, and has simultaneously knocked down additional barriers that many with a physical challenge face daily. In fact, Zach’s skills and talents have even gone on to amaze the liking of a special celebrity, Beyonce. She recently tweeted on Zach’s success and talents, and hailed Zach as a, “True inspiration”.

We will keep an eye on Zach and his adventure, and we wish him the best of luck. Who knows, maybe with a celebrity like Beyonce watching, Zach can keep his dreams alive, and look to play professionally. Her hubby is sure to know a few owners here and there, and could always put in a good word.

Congratulations Zach!

To see footage of Zach, and his amazing skills visit:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0kEyJ-tToo&feature=player_embedded

Open House 2013 was a Great Success!

Our open house 2013 was a tremendous success, despite weather as an issue at some of our locations. It was good to see old friends, as well as many of the new ones we’ve made this year. Everyone seemed to enjoy the food, company, and of course the tremendous deals being offered on not only wheelchair accessible minivans and pickup trucks, but on wheelchair lifts, and driving aides. The manufacturers really stepped up this year!!
This year Superior Van & Mobility gave away, not one, but two $5000 cash prizes in the second annual Superior Lotto drawing. It was our way of saying thanks! This year’s winners were announced October 22, 2013 with a video of the drawing posted on our website.
The winner from the open houses that were held the week of October 4th and 5th was Karen Bueker of Auburn, Indiana. Karen attended the open house at our Fort Wayne location.
The winner from the open houses that were held the week of October 11th and 12th was Joe Eaton of Louisville, Kentucky. The Eaton’s attended the open house at our Louisville location.
Congratulations to both!
In addition to the two grand prize winners, there were many door prize winners at each of our nine locations, all of which have been notified. These winners won a variety of gift cards, provided by BraunAbility and VMI.
Thanks again for everyone who attended, and all of the manufacturer support we received. We look forward to seeing everyone at our next event.
Thanks again to the following: BraunAbility; VMI; Bruno; B&D Independence; Brandl Lending; Braun Credit.

FREE Adaptive Athletic Equipment Grants – Limited Time

Are you paralyzed from a spinal cord injury? Have you found yourself dreaming of taking on a new challenge that is athletic in nature, but have limited funds to make it happen? This is for you, now through October 31, 2013, the Kelly Brush Foundation is making dreams come true by providing grants for adaptive athletic equipment.

The foundation was founded by, Kelly Brush, a woman who was paralyzed in 2006 while skiing for her college team. The foundation recently held their annual Century Ride, a fundraising bicycle ride in Burlington, Vermont, and raised a staggering $306,000. This amount was much more than anticipated, and now, most of the funds will go to purchase athletic adapted gear in the form of grants for those in need of assistance.

If you are one of those individuals interested in the possibility of receiving one of these grants, you have until October 31, 2013 to submit your application to the foundation. It is important to know, that you must have a spinal cord injury to qualify. Individuals can apply for any kind of adaptive athletic equipment needed, regardless of the sport, even though the foundation is highly involved in downhill skiing. :)

To submit your application for one of the grants, go to www.kellybrushfoundation.org or simply click the link and you’ll be taken directly to the application page. It’s really that easy!

However, if you do get one of these amazing grants be sure to share your gratitude with the Kelly Brush Foundation by letting them know how thankful you are by their generosity, and as always, be sure to pay it forward.

Good luck!

To learn more about the Kelly Brush Foundation, or to get involved with their mission, be sure to visit www.kellybrushfoundation.org.

Handicap Van Options Make Transit Easy

Handicap Van Options Make Transit Easy

What Can These Options Do For You?
New or used handicap vans are the main means of transportation for people with disabilities. They can compensate for most disabilities while providing comfort with the available options. Depending on your disability, you can choose which options would best fit your needs.

Here’s a list of customized options. These options will make commuting easier and more comfortable for you and your family.

The Options
The main options for additional handicap van equipment include; Bruno Valet, portable ramps, hand controls, driving aids, lifts, jump seats, wheelchair tie-downs, transfer seats and platform carriers. Here’s a description of each:
• Driving Aids: Driving aids include pedal extensions, wheelchair pulleys and sensors to help drivers maneuver safely.
• Bruno Valets: A Bruno Valet allows someone with limited mobility to get in and out of their vehicle with very little effort and strain.
• Lifts and Platform Carriers: Lifts and platform carriers are probably one of the most useful options for a handicap vans and other accessible vehicles. Lifts and platform carriers for a van can be mounted internally or externally to your vehicle. They can lift a person in a wheelchair in and out of the car or store a mobile scooter during a commute.
• Portable Ramps: A portable ramp is a less expensive option to a lift or carrier. A ramp is portable and can be taken anywhere where there is no accessible ramp for a wheelchair.
• Wheelchair Tie Downs: wheelchair tie-downs can be installed into the floor of a handicap van to secure wheelchairs during transit.
• Hand Controls: In the instance of someone who has limited or no use of their legs, that person can have hand controls installed into their steering column so they can operate their vehicle.
• Jump Seats: Jump seats can be installed into your handicap van to accommodate non-disabled passengers. They can fold down to create more room or fold out to transport more passengers.
• Transfer Seats: A transfer seat works just like a lift and platform carrier. It can lift a wheelchair into a handicap van.
Understanding all of these options will make customizing your handicap van an easier process.

Dodge Handicap Vans Offer Wheelchair Accessibility While Preserving Style

If you’re in the market for a truly comfortable and accessible wheelchair van, you’ll be hard pressed to find anything that compares to Dodge handicap vans. Dodge offers multiple models of handicap vans, a list that is topped by a wheelchair accessible version of their exceptional Grand Caravan.

This model of the Grand Caravan—like all Dodge handicap vans—has not sacrificed comfort and style while converting to a handicap van model. The built-in features of the Caravan make it an obvious and complimentary choice for handicap conversion. Dual power sliding doors and anti-lock brakes make this van incredibly convenient and safe for those looking for Dodge handicap vans.

In the same way the traditional model of the Grand Caravan has no equal in the industry, the handicap-converted model offers comforts such as power windows, three-zone climate control and stow-and-go.

Of course, it’s in the BraunAbility conversion process itself that makes Dodge handicap vans the clear choice for those seeking wheelchair accessible transportation. For starters, the floor is lowered by 10 inches and a non-slip power ramp is installed. The reduced ramp angle allows an individual in a wheelchair to easily enter the minivan. Anchor points and wheelchair tie-downs for the wheelchairs are.

With several models in addition to the Grand Caravan available for handicap accessible vans, consumers will have many options to choose from. Dodge has made sure that they not only provide comfort and ease of access, but variety as well. No matter what your preference or requirements, Dodge offers the best in state of the art handicap vans.

As you can see, Dodge handicap vans are able to preserve the style and comfort Dodge is known for while also providing ease of access for handicap riders and drivers.

 

Veterans and Wheelchair Vans and Lifts – Making The Jump!

Superior Van & Mobility works with veterans on a daily basis in regard to their mobility needs. All veterans — whether older, younger, or in the middle are unique in their experiences, and in regard to the benefit levels they qualify for based on their level of service or injury. If you are just now learning about the VA process in regard to transportation and the benefits available to you, we can help. We work closely with all our local VA’s to help make the process easy and stress free for our veterans. If it’s time to get a wheelchair or scooter lift for your vehicle, or a wheelchair accessible van or truck, coming to Superior Van & Mobility first is a good starting point.
The first step is to find out from the VA if you are 100% Service Connected. If you are, you have some great benefits for your first van purchase. A mobility vehicle is viewed as two different products, the chassis (which is the normal van or truck portion) and the conversion (with is all the modifications needed to make it accessible to you). A signed VA form #4502 entitles a 100% Service Connected Veteran to a one-time vehicle benefit of $19,505 towards the CHASSIS purchase of a wheelchair accessible vehicle . The conversion portion (the modifications that are needed) are always covered at 100% for a 100% service connected veteran. Therefore, for a 100% service connected veteran that has a signed 4502 form from the VA, their first wheelchair van purchase could breakdown as follows:
Chassis Price: $25,000
Lowered Floor Conversion, Tie Downs and Hand Controls (modifications) : $25,000
Total Lowered Floor Van Purchase: $50,000
VA Paid Chassis Portion with signed 4502 Form: -$19,505
Modifications Covered by VA: -$25,000
Balance Before any trade-in from Veteran: $5,495 (this is the portion a veteran would pay out of pocket for a brand new lowered floor vehicle BEFORE any trade-in’s they may bring to the deal in this example).
If keeping your current vehicle is more appealing and you only need a lift to carry your chair or scooter with you, we can help too. First we would need to know the make and model of your chair or scooter and the make and model of your vehicle. This information tells us what type of hitch you will need for your car, or if a lift will fit inside, and what your car is equipped to carry on its rear without damaging the suspension. This information will then determine which lift will work best for you, and what type of lift you should apply for through the VA.
If you are curious about your situation or a veteran you know, please give Superior Van & Mobility a call and we can personally help walk you through the process. Please call 1-877-878-2304 to be connected to your nearest Superior Van & Mobility.

Joey Wheelchair Lifts

If you’re looking for a wheelchair lift to improve your mobility in your handicap vehicle, the Joey Model VSL-4000HW is one of the best options available on the market. The easy to use wheelchair and scooter lift effectively lifts and stores your unused scooter or powerchair inside your vehicle at the touch of a button. It works with both wheelchair accessible minivans and full-size wheelchair vans. All you have to do is roll your mobility device onto the platform from either side, hit the button, and let the lift do the rest of the work. Your scooter will be safely stored and out of the way. Continue reading

Handicap Van Lifts: What Are Your Options?

Handicap Van Lifts: What Are Your Options?

There are lots of ways vans accommodate people with disabilities these days. From pivoting seating systems to adaptive driving hand controls to access ramps and lifts, you’ve got plenty to consider. One of the more important decisions you’ll make is picking from the various handicap van lifts on the market.

Whether you use a wheelchair or a scooter, whether you need side-entry or rear-entry and other factors influence the decision. Think about your needs and preferences and consult your driving rehabilitation specialist and dealer to make the most appropriate choice.

There are two primary differences of Handicap Van Lifts:

Unoccupied Handicap Van Lifts

If you’re looking for the cheapest lift option, you may be able to use one of the available unoccupied handicap van lifts. The two types—swinging arm-style lifts and platform-style lifts—load and unload a scooter or wheelchair when you’re not sitting in it. They’re easy to use and they’re smaller and lighter than lifts made for occupied mobility devices.

Obviously, this sort of equipment is for people who get in and out of their scooter or wheelchair for vehicle travel. If you need your mobility aid when you get where you’re going, but you can access the van on your own, this may be the best option for you.

Occupied Handicap Van Lifts

If you can’t always get out of your scooter or wheelchair van for travel,handicap van lifts that only work for unoccupied devices aren’t going to cut it. You need something that can safely elevate and lower you while seated. There are several types of occupied lifts that do just that.

Under-vehicle lifts attach outside the van, so they don’t take up any interior room. Single-post split platform lifts are relatively small and well suited to smaller mobility devices. They permit easy access to the passenger door when stowed. Dual-post split platform lifts are similar but larger. Standard dual-post lifts have sturdier platforms and two hydraulic arms that are well suited to the largest and heaviest wheelchairs. This equipment is strong and dependable. It does block access to the door where it’s installed when stowed, and it sometimes prevents seats in front of it from reclining or sliding back. However, in many instances, there is no safe substitute.

Moving Towards Mobility With Quality Wheelchair Lifts

It used to be that wheelchair lifts were large, incredibly expensive and unsightly, requiring extensive work to the area within your vehicle where they were to be installed, and incredible amounts of effort to prevent them from sticking out like a sore thumb.

However, this has changed drastically over the course of the last ten years, as not only have wheelchair and scooter lifts become more compact and easy to install, but they’ve become a little more inconspicuous as well, which mean more usable space for groceries, and golf bags and less worrying about storage.

Superior Van & Mobility puts your safety first, and this commitment to our customers shines through every single product we offer and every single installation that we perform. We offer a wealth of models available to suit your needs and ensure that every client receives the assessment and attention that they deserve so that the end result is a happy customer and a flawless installation!

The precise engineering of our lifts and the impeccable attention to detail provided by our dedicated staff makes this Better Business Bureau Accredited business your one stop shop for all mobility and accessibility needs. Touting brand name products like Braun Ability, Bruno and Ricon at incredibly cost-effective prices, you’d be hard pressed to find the same award winning customer satisfaction anywhere else!

Don’t trust just anyone with your vehicle, or the wheelchair lift to be installed inside of it. Trust the 35 years of experience that comes with Superior Van & Mobility and you’ll be trusting the experts!