4 Important Car Features for Caregivers
Being a caregiver for elderly or disabled people is a challenging job that brings its own rewards. Caregivers spend a lot of time in the car driving to medical appointments. What is an easy trip for most becomes a nightmare when you are responsible for others’ needs. Think about the car features that will make your job easier and give more support to those you care for.
Easy Access for Passengers
Plenty of space to enter and exit the vehicle is essential for the passengers you are responsible for, especially if they have limited mobility. It’s a good idea to avoid low-slung two-door cars and high trucks or SUVs. Choose a van that won’t force passengers to climb up to enter the vehicle, and ensure that the seats are at a decent level. Doors that open and close remotely make it easier for the caregiver.
Easy Access for Goods
Caregivers often travel with equipment like wheelchairs, walkers, and bags, so a roomy vehicle with cargo space is a must. Apart from making sure everything fits in the cargo area, take note of the ease or difficulty of loading and unloading. It is worth taking an item with you to the dealer to try it out. Check how high the cargo load floor is. Rear trunks or hatches that open remotely are a help.
Supportive Technological Features
Today’s technology helps both caregivers and their passengers. Look for features that will be an advantage for you. A simple feature like an inbuilt music device playing soothing music will calm everyone in the vehicle. Temperature control or seats that heat up or cool down are great to keep everyone as comfortable as possible. Remote start systems that control the temperature before anyone is in the car are useful.
Another feature to consider is a communication service that connects you to emergency responders. These navigation systems quickly point you to the nearest hospital or pharmacy. Some systems monitor the car’s condition and position and connect you to roadside assistance or emergency services.
Some sort of GPS is essential, particularly if it includes voice assist to make hands-free calls. The navigation system makes your driving safer by giving you directions so your eyes stay on the road. The system may also give traffic updates so you can avoid problems and make appointments on time.
Keep your costs down by driving a vehicle that is fuel-efficient. Bigger vehicles usually use more gas. Find the balance between your spatial needs and fuel economy. Though the smaller vehicles and hybrids with the best fuel consumption are not the best fit for your caregiving, there are still options that can comfortably fit both needs.
It’s important that the caregiver is happy with the car after it fits all the specs. You need to feel comfortable driving the vehicle and should feel sure you have the space, the comfort, and the features that you want, giving you confidence in your job.
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