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Transporting a wheelchair without a wheelchair lift

Updated on April 22, 2014

Transporting a wheel chair without a lift can be difficult if one has to lift a wheel chair to put it into the trunk of a car. Handicap seniors look forward to some type of outside activities, unfortunately most need caregiver assistance to transportation to those activities. Should a wheel chair be needed to assist the handicap person, it may be necessary to provide a wheel chair. Most of the time a wheelchair is put into the trunk of a car, sometimes loading it can be a difficult procedure. The dangers in lifting can cause a serious back condition or a possible muscle tear if one has to bend over to install the wheel chair

The following suggests a safer solution to loading a wheel chair into a car rather than into the trunk.

A solution to avoid the lifting technique would be to install the wheelchair in the area behind the driver or front seat passenger. To provide sufficient room would be to have the front seat move forward as necessary to make space to install the collapsed wheel chair in the open space.

Here is a step by step procedure to follow to install a wheel chair with the least of back stress and energy.

Collapse the wheel chair into a folded position

Push the wheel chair forward in order to get the front wheels pointing in a forward position

Tilt wheelchair backward on to rear wheels and guide front wheels into vehicle.

Lift and push front wheels into vehicle, push forward into space while lifting wheel chair into space

The front wheels will allow, once into the space the wheel chair to move forward.. Roll the wheel chair into the space.

When removing from vehicle simply reverse the procedure.

Take note that the size of wheelchairs vary from one size to another. The feet supports should be removed before loading the main wheel chair.

To your success in using the alternate method.

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      JON EWALL 5 years ago from usa

      hubbber and visitors

      The traffic on my hub has been great. Hopefully all those who tried the method have found it helpful.

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      JON EWALL 5 years ago from usa

      J. 19

      Before you attempt to put the wheelchair into the car, first remove the feet support brackets. Removing the brackets shorten the lenght of the wheelchair. If the space is tight behind the front passenger seat, adjust the seat forward to allow additional space to install the wheel chair.GOOD LUCK

      Hoping this helps your problem.

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      J. 5 years ago

      I have a transport chair which was used for my mother, now deceased. My father has a need for the chair now, othrwise, he's homebound all the time. As his caregiver, I have my own problems and cannot lift the chair - it is so heavy. I'm hoping to try your idea and hope it works. Thank you.

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      JON EWALL 7 years ago from usa



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      LiamBean 7 years ago from Los Angeles, Calilfornia

      Excellent. As simple as this sounds I can't help but think that there are people out there, struggling with their wheelchairs, who don't know this information. Again, EXCELLENT!

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      JON EWALL 7 years ago from usa

      Harvey Stelman


      My hub is about a non powered wheel chair, the one that someone like me pushes. My family would put my wife’s wheel chair in the trunk. Lifting the closed chair was difficult because it was heavy and awkward to bend over to put the chair into the trunk. I got smarter by using the method I wrote about in my hub. I decided to write because I had a conversation with an elderly lady recently. She explained to me her difficulty in lifting her father’s wheelchair in the trunk of her car.

      It is my hope that the hub can help anyone having a similar problem.

      My friend, I have a lot of respect for the handicapped and people with disabilities. I have been my wife’s caregiver since 2001 and at times care giving can be a challenging occupation.

      Wishing you the best.

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      Harvey Stelman 7 years ago from Illinois

      Jon, You know I agree with you politically, but I think you are simplyfying the situation. Are you talking about a scooter, a wheelchair that is not powered, a chair that is powered etc?

      I've been in a chair for over ten years. I am fortunate now to have a van designed by Rollex in Minneapolis. Push a button, the side door opens, and a ramp comes down. My power chair is ridden into the van, where my Care-Giver locks it in place. He then lifts me into the front seat, after the seat electronically has been backed up to meet the chair. The seat is returned to the front, so I am like any passanger in the front seat.

      I have gone through everything on the market to get to this. H