For Paul Di Giacomo and his partner Karen, Allied Mobility was already a name they were familiar with. As avid holiday goers, they first hired a wheelchair accessible vehicle in 2016 so that Paul could take his electric wheelchair on their travels.
Ready for Change
Paul has Guillain-Barré syndrome, a condition that affects his nervous system and he was feeling the stress and strain of transferring from his manual wheelchair to the passenger seat. Karen was also struggling to push Paul’s manual wheelchair on their trips as the electric chair would not fit in their Volkswagen Golf. That’s when the couple decided to make the move to having their own wheelchair accessible car. Having enjoyed the Peugeot Horizon™ they’d hired, they knew exactly what they were looking for.
Now proud owners of their own Horizon™ wheelchair accessible car, life has become much more manageable for Paul and Karen. Paul enthuses: “Having our own wheelchair accessible car has changed our lives. I can now drive straight into the car using my electric wheelchair, meaning Karen doesn’t have to push me anymore.”
Giving That Little Bit Extra
With extras such as an electric winch and privacy glass coming as standard, it’s easy to see why the Horizon™ is the UK’s most popular wheelchair accessible vehicle. Allied’s innovative EasyGlide™ ramp simply pulls-out from the rear floor of the vehicle to become an ultra-strong, low-gradient ramp.
Paul comments: “With the ramp, I can be in and out of the vehicle in 30 seconds. We use it seven to eight times a day and it couldn’t be easier.”
Paul and Karen were visited at home by Scott, a mobility consultant with over 20 years’ experience working with Allied Mobility. He provided a free demonstration to make sure the vehicle was right for the couple.
Paul remarks: “Scott was great – nothing was too much hassle. We’d planned a holiday around the UK and Allied Mobility managed to deliver the vehicle early, which saved us having to rent a car again.” Peugeot Horizon™ is available exclusively from Allied Mobility to buy, rent or via the Motability Scheme, with advance payments starting from just £1,095. Head over to the Allied Mobility website for more information .