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Drive Assist for Wheelchairs

This concept has been introduced recently to allow people to keep the flexibility of a manual wheelchair, but have some power assistance on demand.

Abiliquip can provide these and integrate them into your mobility solutions.

The transition to a full-sized power chair comes with many and costly changes to the user's environment. Where it avoids the need for a power chair, the drive assist solution has many features in its favour:

- it can be added to an existing manual wheelchair, saving the very high cost of a power chair
- the chair can be used in manual or assisted mode, promoting retention of activity and fitness as required
- the major benefit of avoiding long periods of stress on the shoulders, by maintaining a speed once established

Avoiding a full power chair saves the major vehicle modifications which will usually require
- a new vehicle - generally a large van
- a very heavy, 300kg capable lift for powerchair and person
- the internal modifications to anchor the powerchair to allow driving from it, or transfer into the driver's seat

Teaming the AbiLoader with Drive Assist

This is a revoultionary new concept that delivers the ultimate in asistance for independent mobility.

A heavy duty version of the Abiloader can store and retrieve a manual wheelchair fitted with power assist from the boot of a suitable family sized estate / station wagon / SUV. This gives great flexibility and for the first time a serious alternative for many people to a large van solution.

Call us to find out more about Drive assist chairs, optionally with an AbiLoader.

The Abiloader can work with several brands of assist wheels. Abiliquip sells this brand as shown below.

We picked this brand as they offer both Joystick no-effort operation as well as a Pushrim assisted version.

Range - up to 35 km Joystick version, more for Pushrim
Gradient - 20%
Speed = up to 6 km/hr
Control - joystick or pushrim
Chair type - various folding or rigid - please ask
Manufacturer - Germany