Most people never think about the benefits of wheelchair ramps and lifts until they need them.
You can buy a variety of lifts and ramps for wheelchairs from most any medical supply store, but these are not things that you will find at your local home supply store most of the time.
A wheelchair ramp is not just one thing. You have dozens of sizes and styles to choose from.
Ramps for wheelchairs and mobility scooters can be as short as 12″ to help with a small rise in the floor from room to room in your home.
These ramps are most often made from aluminum, but you can find them in hard plastic too. The aluminum ramps are generally considered to be the ones to buy as they will last longer in most cases.
You can also find folding ramps in a variety of lengths. These ramps work great in cases where you need portability.
Many times you will see people with the lightweight electric wheelchairs or scooters pack them into their SUV or van to help them get their wheelchair or scooter in and out of the vehicle easier.
The larger aluminum folding ramps get pretty heavy though. If you are someone who doesn’t have the strength to lift and move around a larger ramp then you should look into getting a wheelchair lift for your vehicle.
Most people are familiar with the wheelchair lifts that can be found on many buses used for public transportation. Not all buses have them, but as the population ages you can be sure that you will see them more and more.
Some folks aren’t aware that you can buy a lift for your own vehicle.
You will need a vehicle that is big enough to accommodate the wheelchair of course, and more than likely you will need to have some custom body work done on your vehicle by a specialist.
Wheel Chair lifts come in a variety of sizes and styles too. You can find lifts that are used in the home, and many folks use a lift chair in conjunction with their other mobility devices.
It is important to take your time and do thorough research to find the lift that is right for you.
Many people don’t take the time to take proper measurements, or even talk to a professional in the business. They often end up wasting time and money on something that they can’t use. This is doubly important when you are modifying your home for a disabled bath for instance.
Whether you are looking to buy a wheelchair ramp or a lifting device make sure to think about what it is you really need. If you can’t do the installation yourself, make sure you hire a reliable professional who can do the job properly, and explain the functions and safety precautions that are necessary with these devices.