Today, more than ever, mobility products are making homes more accessible for those who are wheelchair bound or who suffer from physical disabilities.
Prevalence of Disabilities in the United States
Thanks to modern technology, much has changed throughout the last decade, allowing for greater freedom of mobility in those with physical ailments and mobility challenges. From injured veterans to children, to aging parents, disability is diverse and affects a wide population.
According to the American Community Survey (ACS) Disability Statistics:
In 2012, the prevalence of disability in the United States was:
- 50% for people ages 75+
- 25% for people ages 65-74
- 10.4% for people ages 21-64
- 5.5% for people ages 16-20
- 5.3% for people ages 5-15
- 0.8% for people ages 4 and under
Ambulatory Disabilities & Wheelchair Accessible Homes
Of the different types of disabilities identified by the ACS survey, the one with the highest prevalence was ambulatory disability at 6.9%. Those who have physical disabilities or have a hard time moving around on their own face a number of challenges, particularly as it relates to independent living. Mobility products, like the kind that Van Products offers, are helping Americans navigate their home, vehicle, and workplace easier than ever.
An aging adult may not be able to move up and down the stairs in his/her home as easily as they once used to. There is a very real fear of falling and getting injured, or even being able to perform everyday tasks – from washing the dishes to doing a load of laundry. Additionally, for those who live in older homes, doorways and bathrooms may not be wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair. This has forced some with physical disabilities to seek different, more accommodating housing [https://www.innovationtrail.org/post/inaccessible-housing-many-physical-disabilities-must-deal-substandard-shelter].
At Van Products, our mobility product line includes everything from customized residential stair lifts to wheelchair platform lifts, and more. Mobility products, like these, allow physically disabled persons to maintain their independence, improve their mobility, and remain safe.
Improved Mobility with Wheelchair Vans
While stair lifts, widened doorways, and wheelchair ramps can improve mobility within and around the home, Van Products also specializes in the sale, purchase and rental of quality wheelchair vans. Customers may choose from a wide variety of wheelchair vans, customized to suit their specific mobility challenges and needs.
Handicapped vans offer a way for disabled individuals and families to travel independently outside of the home. With handicap vans comes even more increased freedom of mobility to transport yourself where you want, when you want, without restriction. This kind of mobility is far more advanced than the options that were once available years ago. That said, Van Products strives to make homes more accessible for wheelchair users by providing mobility options that are safe, easy to use, and are able to change and adapt to the various ambulatory needs of each person.
For additional information on any of our mobility products, or for questions about our wheelchair vans, contact us today.