Transporting wheelchairs: How can I attach a wheelchair to my vehicle?

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How can I attach a wheelchair to my vehicle?

Question

I’m a home care nurse and am looking for a wheelchair carrier that mounts to a vehicle's trailer hitch like a bike rack. Can you suggest some products that may be suitable?

Our answer

Large pieces of equipment, such as wheelchairs and scooters, can be difficult to handle and transport. Wheelchair carriers are devices designed to help load and secure a wheelchair or scooter onto the car. Below are direct links to some examples of wheelchair carriers that you may wish to explore:

  • Silver Spring Manual Wheelchair Carrier (at Discount Ramps) allows you to load and carry a manual wheelchair on the back of your vehicle. This device is available from a U.S. retailer and costs about $175 (U.S.), plus an additional shipping fee.
  • Silver Spring Folding Scooter and Wheelchair Carrier (at Discount Ramps) can help you load and unload manual wheelchairs, power wheelchairs or scooters. This device is available from a U.S. retailer and costs about $200 (U.S.), plus an additional shipping fee. 

If purchasing a wheelchair carrier, you may also be interested in knowing about transport covers, which protect your wheelchair from getting dirty during transportation. Below are direct links to some examples of transport covers, which range in price from about $50 to $100 (U.S.), plus an additional shipping fee:

 

Some technologies and devices may require an in-person assessment. Speak with your health care provider for additional information and support.

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