Lifelifters Transport: Uplifting – Literally and Figuratively

By November 8, 2018 Familiy, Travel No Comments

It was four years ago when I first heard about Lifelifters Transport from my blogger-friend Ruth Floresca (mommywrites.blogspot.com). The van rental service came to mind again a few weeks ago as I was planning a day out with photographer-writer love team, Raff and Dolly Zulueta.

Raff had a stroke two years ago. He had to undergo brain surgery and was in a coma for more than two weeks. But with therapy and lots of tender loving care from Dolly, he is getting stronger and stronger each day.

While Raff can now stand up and walk a few steps with some assistance, I figured he would still be more comfortable not having to keep transferring from the wheelchair to the car and back. We had three stops in our itinerary so he would have to do it several times. Medyo hassle.

That’s why I decided to book Lifelifters Transport’s van through its Managing Director, Neil Gosingtian. His company rents out a specially configured Toyota Hi-Ace Grandia equipped with a hydraulic lift that makes entry/exit of a wheelchair possible.

The idea came up after Neil witnessed how patients are carried from the wheelchair to the vehicle and back. Not only can it be uncomfortable and painful (especially for those recovering from surgery), it poses great danger for both the patient and those who do the carrying. At the same time, it can get awkward and embarrassing for the person in the wheelchair. Then there’s also the wheelchair to think about – it has to be folded and loaded in the trunk.

I am oh so familiar with the scenario. Been there, done that with my dad. For a period after his stroke in 2009, he could hardly move so every visit to the hospital was a stressful production number.

With Lifelifters Transport’s van, the patient stays put in the wheelchair as it is rolled onto a platform attached to the van. With a press of a button, the platform goes up to a level which allows the wheelchair to be effortlessly pushed into the van. No sweat!

The van can accommodate one wheelchair and five other passengers.

We went to St. Pio of Pietrelcina Chapel along E. Rodriguez Avenue Jr in Quezon City, which Raff said they’ve been wanting to visit.

Raff and Dolly Zulueta at St. Pio of Pietrelcina Chapel.

Then we made our way to Makati to have lunch at Bistro Manuel.

Raff chillin’ in the van.

Chef Ariel Manuel served us a feast. Too much food! None of us complained though, haha! Here are some of the dishes we enjoyed. Dolly was busy jotting notes in between bites. And Raff directed each of our shots — pointing to where we should stand, telling us where the lighting was best, dictating how high/low we should hold the camera, and saying go when it was time to click. I don’t think I was a very good student though.

Baked Tart – Prosciutto, Salami, Caramelized Onion and Gruyere

 

Fish Platter – Smoked and Gravlax of Salmon with Watermelon

 

My “one piece meal” – duck confit!

Our next stop was a stone’s throw away, also in Poblacion.

These two are inseparable. During the short trip to Chuck’s Deli, Raff requested Dolly to sit beside him so she occupied the jump seat next to the wheelchair.

We visited Chef Katrina Kuhn-Alcantara at her newly-opened Chuck’s Deli.

Painless exit for Raff at Chuck’s Deli.

 

That’s The Hooter, listed in Chuck’s Deli’s menu as the most wholesome slabwich. Sumptuous chicken breasts with grilled eggplant, herbed zucchini and tomato with roasted garlic, feta cheese, and spicy garlic sauce.

 

Avocado milkshake.

We did an eat-and-run because we wanted to get out of Makati before rush hour and we had to return the van by 6pm. Lifelifters Transport can do full day rentals (we started ours at 10am) or just one way pick-up-and-drop-off. They only have one unit so the earlier you book, the better!

Rental of the van comes with the service of a driver who also operates the lift.

Just as amazing as the van is Juanito, Lifelifters Transport’s driver. He was very attentive and so focused in assisting Raff, making things as easy as possible for everyone. He was also mindful of other motorists – always parking at the right spots and moving fast to make sure we don’t get in the way of traffic. Our trip would not have been as enjoyable and worry-free without the malasakit he extended.

If you want a hydraulic wheelchair lift for your own van, Lifelifters Transport can also help you with that. More than the van rental, their main business is actually the equipment and its installation.

They can make your multi-story home wheelchair-friendly too! Neil sent me a catalog for stairlifts. If a member of your household has problems negotiating steps, this is the solution! The stairlift makes access to another floor easy and safe. To me, the magic word is safe – that’s very important!

The stairlift promises comfort and smooth movement. Different seat and rail colors are available to make the lift blend perfectly with the design of your home (or office!).

 

It has a retractable seat belt and a footrest, plus a swivel seat for safe exit at landing point. When you’re done using it, you can fold it so it doesn’t take up too much space.

For rates and other inquiries, call Lifelifters at (0977) 8094807 / (02) 4383520 / (02) 4383091 or log on to www.lifelifters.net.  You may also e-mail info@lifelifters.net or visit their Facebook page @LifeliftersTransport

Bistro Manuel is at Six Axis Center, 4347 B. Valdes St. Brgy. Poblacion, Makati. For more information, follow @bistro_manuel on Instagram.

Chuck’s Deli is at 4636 Molina Street Brgy. Poblacion, Makati. For more information, follow @chucksdeliph on Instagram.

 

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