If you or someone in your home is using a wheelchair, getting up and down the stairs can be the most difficult part of the daily routine. This means mobility restrictions, thus preventing you from getting to all the rooms in your home. It can also mean that special arrangements need to be made to make things easier for you. A wheelchair lift can simply take care of this, making everyone’s life easier in your home.
There are different types of home wheelchair lifts. This guide introduces you to the different options and how you can make the right choice.
Types of Wheelchair Lifts
There are so many different types of wheelchair lifts available that it can be confusing which one to choose. Explore the key features and benefits of these different options to make the right choice
- Incline Lifts: Stairs are among the most hazardous obstacles for the elderly and those using wheelchairs because of the steep incline. You can consider installing incline lifts that move diagonally along the stairs so that you can safely get from one floor to another in your wheelchair. These lifts are ideal for homes with smaller area. The design also allows others to use the stairs simultaneously without any hindrance.
- Vertical Lifts: Also referred to as porch lift, vertical lifts are simple in design. These lifts are designed like personal elevators and transport you from one floor to another while being seated in your wheelchair. Operation is as simple as entering the platform in your wheelchair, closing the door, and pushing the button to the floor you want to reach. These lifts are available in different sizes and you can choose the right one based on the available area in your home.
There are other types of wheelchair lift options, some of which are independent of the building’s structure such as the scalamobil stair climber and portable wheelchair lifts, and portable vertical lifts. Such systems can be used anywhere.
Choosing the Right Wheelchair Lift
When it comes to choosing the right wheelchair lifts for yourself, it is recommended to follow these tips:
- Travel Height: Consider the travel height and then choose a wheelchair lift that has higher travel height than it.
- Access: There are different types of accesses. Lifts with Straight Through Access will allow you to enter at the bottom and then you can get off “straight forward.” Lifts with Adjacent Access can turn in different directions to allow you to get off in a different direction from the one you entered at the bottom.
- Handing: Consider the handing according to the control tower’s location when you approach from the below.
You can also consider a wide range of options to be installed in the lift to make it more convenient to use. You may also need a power backup system. Consider the load capacity based on whether multiple individuals need to use the lift. There are many other options that can be ordered when choosing your residential lift.