Category Archives: Wheelchair Lifts

3 Things You Need to Know About Scooter & Wheelchair Lifts

In the U.S., there are about 1.7 million people who use a wheelchair or scooter in order to have mobility in their daily life. And close to 80% of that group says they either use a public transportation network without a lift, or they have access to one but it’s tedious to operate. Another option, and perhaps a better one, is to have a lift installed on your own vehicle.

If you decide to go with the latter route, here are three things you should know before buying a scooter or wheelchair lift.

1. How Does a Scooter or Wheelchair Lift Work?

Each type of lift operates a bit differently. For instance, a platform lift, which is the easiest type to operate, involves driving the scooter or wheelchair onto the platform, securing it in place, and then raising it up and into the vehicle via a motorized system. A platform lift can be operated easily but it consumes a lot of space.

Other types of lifts include crane-style and hitch-style, each one having its own pros and cons. Hitch-style scooter lifts, for instance, involve a more complex installation, with specialized wiring and vehicle capacity requirements, but they easily accommodate the newer power wheelchairs and scooters.

2. Is the Lift Compatible With Your Car?

Not all lifts are compatible with all cars, SUVs or vans. The lift should always be installed by a mobility technician who thoroughly understands the requirements of the lift and how the attachment point connects the lift securely to your vehicle. This way, you can ensure your own safety or the safety of your loved one. 

In addition to lifts, there are other mobility products available, such as transfer seats and various driving aids to assist in personal transportation. A mobility specialist, working with a driver rehabilitation specialist when needed, can help you determine the best fit for your needs and your vehicle.

3. Are Lift Costs Covered by Your Health Insurance Provider?

The team at Bussani Mobility works day in and day out with health insurance providers on behalf of our customers. We’ll help guide you in understanding what your healthcare plan will cover for both the product and the installation fees. Typically, these expenses are covered for people living with a disability, as they are a necessity in order to remain mobile in daily life.

Whether it’s a scooter or wheelchair lift that you need, a new or pre-owned wheelchair accessible vehicle, or an update on driving aids, we’re here to help you find the best mobility solution for you. We understand that mobility equals independence for many people. Call us or visit any of our three locations (Bethpage and Smithtown on Long Island, and Mamaroneck in Westchester County) to learn more.

3 Tips for Safely Using Your Van’s Wheelchair Lift

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Plain and simple, traditional vehicles were not designed for people who use wheelchairs or scooters. Fortunately, the invention of the wheelchair lift was a game changer in supporting a person’s mobility and independence. 

Lifts allow for safe and easy boarding of a van. If used incorrectly, however, they can result in serious injury. Here are some tips on how to safely use your wheelchair or scooter lift.

1. Always Strap In

Wheelchair accessible vehicles come with a variety of straps, belts and tie-downs that keep the passenger in place and avoid sliding in the vehicle. It is extremely important that whoever is using the lift is sure all straps and seat belts are utilized and securely tightened. Straps that are on but not tightly secured can lead to unwanted and potentially dangerous movement and injury. Always secure each strap and put on the seatbelt. 

2. Read the User’s Manual

Be sure to read all of the necessary safety manuals that come with your accessible vehicle. When you purchase or rent a wheelchair accessible vehicle, the manufacturer or dealer is required to include a manual that breaks down the step-by-step process for using the wheelchair lift safely. If you read it carefully and follow each step precisely, the transportation process from the road to the vehicle, and vice versa, should be seamless and safe.

3. Take Your Time

Always remember to take your time. Most instances where someone is injured on a wheelchair lift occur when the user is in a hurry and becomes careless. No matter the circumstances, slow down, take a deep breath, and board cautiously. 

And Don’t Forget Maintenance

One more important thing to keep in mind: Your wheelchair lift needs regular servicing, as does the rest of your vehicle. The full-service auto shops at Bussani Mobility are open. The COVID-19 quarantines have been lifted and people in the New York Metro area are moving about their daily lives again, but we also offer you the option of our picking up and dropping off your vehicle for servicing – while you stay home and safe.

The Bussani Mobility team takes pride in helping people living with physical disabilities to find greater independence and quality of life. For more information about how we can help you or someone you know, visit our website.


Southside Hospital Helps People with Disabilities Get Mobile

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Southside Hospital has teamed up with Bussani Mobility to train healthcare professionals in the latest automotive mobility options that help people with disabilities get back on the road – and regain their independence.


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More than 20 physical therapists gathered during a lunchtime presentation at Southside Hospital to learn about wheelchair accessible vans (with raised roofs, lowered floors, ramps, and/or wheelchair lifts), adaptive driving equipment (such as hand or foot controls), and other mobility products (including scooter lifts and power seat lifts). These customized vehicles and products make everyday life easier for people who use wheelchairs or scooters, people who just need some help getting in and out of a vehicle, and caregivers of those living with disabilities.


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Other topics discussed at the training included: information about industry associations like NMEDA, how to work with driver evaluators, and how to help patients get financial assistance. Attendees received CEUs (Continuing Education Units) for participating in the complimentary training.

“We are always striving to partner with our vendors to provide the latest technology to our patients in order to assist them in being as independent as possible,” said Valerie Kruszon, PT, MS, Administrative Director Rehabilitation Services at Southside Hospital. “The Southside rehabilitation department thanks Bussani Mobility for assisting us in achieving that goal.”


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Daniel Bussani, Vice President at Bussani Mobility, added: “We were so pleased with the turnout at Southside Hospital and the reaction from the staff. Through these trainings, we’re providing medical doctors and physical therapists with the most up-to-date information about automotive mobility products so they can best help their patients who become disabled from an injury or illness. Our shared goal is to safely get people mobile as soon as possible, and help them regain their freedom and independence.”

 Bussani Mobility Team
( www.bussanimobility.com and www.bussanicommercial.com ) is a leading provider of automotive mobility products and services for people with disabilities. The company helps people with disabilities regain the freedom and independence to go where they want to go and do what they want to do. Established in 1974 with headquarters in Bethpage, NY (Nassau County) and with offices in Smithtown (Suffolk County), Mamaroneck (Westchester County) and Sunnyside (Queens), Bussani Mobility Team is a market leader in the Tri-State (NY, NJ, CT) area. The company’s team of experts offers: a complete line of wheelchair vans and mobility equipment from top manufacturers available for purchase or rental, wheelchair accessible taxis, a full-service automotive shop, 24-hour emergency service, special financing options, insurance services, educational opportunities, and in-store consultants who are dedicated to meeting their customers’ every need with a highly personal touch.

Southside Hospital
a member of North Shore-LIJ Health System – and only the second tertiary hospital within Suffolk County – offers centers of excellence in cardiology, orthopedics and neurosciences as well as women’s health services.

Southside offers North Shore-LIJ’s cardiac surgery program with a state of the art hybrid operating room. The Cushing Neuroscience Institute at Southside includes a comprehensive Spine Center, an Epilepsy Center and a state-designated, Gold Plus Award Stroke Center. The North Shore-LIJ Orthopaedic Institute at Southside Hospital specializes in multidisciplinary orthopedic care for the entire spectrum of musculoskeletal disorders.

Southside Hospital is the only Long Island hospital that has received accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) for four rehabilitation programs including inpatient, stroke, brain injury and outpatient rehabilitation. Among these programs is the highly respected Regional Center for Brain Injury Rehabilitation.