In an ideal world, everyone would have enough money to provide for their most basic needs, but we know that when this is not the case, it can be frustrating. For families and caregivers to the handicapped, financial issues can be especially poignant. We know dealing with the challenge of needing wheelchair accessibility and figuring out how to finance it can be overwhelming, so we’ve pulled together some basic information we hope you’ll find helpful.
At Van Products, we understand that the ability to travel freely and independently is a basic need everyone deserves. While we are more than happy to help you investigate any of these avenues, here are a few options for those who need help financing a wheelchair van:
Traditional wheelchair van financing.
Your eligibility depends on your credit and ability to pay back your loan, but assuming you qualify, you should be able to get a loan for at least three to five years. Longer loans are certainly possible depending on the financing options through your lender.
Research available grants for a wheelchair van.
Many non-profit organizations offer them, though time and effort will have to be invested to discover the right program for you. Start out by looking for foundations that lend aid to people with your particular disability, and even if they do not offer any grants, they might be able to point you in the right direction.
Apply for government handicap accessibility support.
You may be eligible for the PASS – Plan to Achieve Self-Success – program, in which you could receive financial aid for a wheelchair as part of a plan for improving your life. For those hoping to achieve mobility to seek a job, especially, this could be a great program. Additionally, if you are a veteran of the armed services, there is a federal grant that can provide a one-time payment of $11,000, set to increase to $18,000 in December 2011, to help you finance a wheelchair van.
For more information on how to proceed with any of these programs, get in touch today!
*We’re also developing a comprehensive guide for financing, so check back soon.*