What devices can help older people get in and out of a vehicle?

When it comes to the turning motion needed to get in and out of a vehicle, there are several devices that can make life easier for older people, including the following:

  • Something as simple as placing a plastic grocery bag on the car seat can provide the sliding surface an older person may need to get out of a car. 
  • A swivel seat cushion can help people get in and out of a vehicle as well as position them to reach the pedals and comfortably grip the steering wheel. 
  • A Handybar is a device inserted into the door latch of the vehicle to help people pull themselves up as they exit the vehicle. 
  • Leg lifters are low-cost items to help lift the legs in and out of the car if that movement is becoming a challenge.

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