Home Elevator Installations for People with Disabilities/Mobility Issues in Alberta

We are a home elevator sales, installation, and service company, located in both Calgary and Edmonton.  In this blog article, we explore elevator installations for Albertans with mobility issues.

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A home elevator can help you gain more independence within your own home, and that’s always an essential factor for people with disabilities and mobility issues. By designing your house around the needs of everyone in your family, including those who are disabled or elderly, you'll be able to stay comfortable and safe at home longer. A home elevator can make all the difference for many homeowners with disabilities or other physical limitations. At first glance, it might look like an expensive luxury for people who don't need it. But, installing a home elevator is actually one of the most affordable ways to give you (and your family) complete independence at home. This post outlines some of the benefits of having a home elevator in Alberta and the types of elevators most suitable for people with disabilities/mobility issues.

Home Elevators and their Benefits

People who are disabled or elderly often find difficulty moving within their homes. In Alberta alone, there are over 188,000 with mobility labelled disability. Home elevators make it easier for these individuals to move between the floors in their homes. The right elevator can open up a whole new range of activities and experiences, from going to bed at night to spending more time with family during the day. A home elevator also has benefits for caregivers. Installing a home elevator means that you no longer have to physically lift your loved ones in and out of their beds or wheelchairs. With an elevator in your home, you can easily transport your loved ones from one floor to another.

Types of Elevators Suitable for People with Disabilities/Mobility Issues

Several types of elevators are available on the market, depending on your need and budget. The most suitable ones for people with disabilities/mobility issues are:

Front Door Lifts

Front door lifts are perhaps the most common type of elevators installed in homes. This permanent solution makes it easier to move in and out of your home.

Lift Chairs

Lift chairs are another option that can help you move between floors with ease. A lift chair typically consists of a seat attached to an elevator platform, lowered on command via remote control.

Wheelchair Lifts

For people who use wheelchairs, choosing a wheelchair lift can help make your home more accessible and easier for you and your loved ones to navigate. Wheelchair lifts provide access between floors with just a push of a button.  

Hydraulic Elevators

Hydraulic elevators are the most popular, affordable, and versatile for your modern home. They are available in several configurations with different options making them perfect for almost any situation. Generally speaking, hydraulic elevators are most common because they're quieter and more cost-effective.

Traction Elevator

If you're looking for an elevator with a sleeker design and higher capacity, you might consider getting a traction (or cable-driven) elevator. They're often installed in homes that need to accommodate heavy loads and multiple people.   Inclined Platform Lift But let's say that your house is at least two stories high. You do have the option of installing an inclined platform lift instead. These lifts can be installed within any type of stairway, allowing individuals to move up and down (or sideways) instead of travelling vertically.

Renovation Solutions to Install

You may be wondering how a home elevator can fit into your existing house design. The good news is that elevators come in a variety of shapes and sizes, so there's sure to be one that will suit your needs - no matter the architectural style or space constraints unique to your home. Common Renovation Solutions for Elevators include:

Elevator Pit

An elevator pit is a space built within or underneath your staircase. An elevator shaft is typically 8 square feet, so that you can adjust the size of your elevator depending on your needs. Here's a discussion on shaftless elevators.

In-home Staircases

An in-home staircase provides the perfect solution for making it easier to access multiple floors in your home. You can design a custom staircase that's just the right size and shape to meet your needs while maintaining your existing architectural style.

Choosing the Right Home Elevator for Your Needs

If you're thinking about adding an elevator to your house, keep in mind that there are several factors to consider. For example:

How much Space do I Have?

Most elevators require at least 30 inches of space around the exterior and 50 inches inside. Please note that elevators with larger cars require more space.

What Types of Elevators are Suitable for My Home?

We recommend one best suited for your current floor plan and exterior finishes.

How much is an Elevator going to Cost?

This will depend on several factors, such as the size and configuration you choose, the materials used, etc. Hydraulic and traction elevators are typically more expensive.

How much Work is Involved?

Undoubtedly, installing an elevator in your home takes a lot of time, effort, and investment. It can be a complex project that requires the expertise of professionals such as architects and engineers who specialize in home renovations.

Is it going to make my Home more Energy-Efficient?

Most elevators on the market today are energy-efficient and eco-friendly.

Is it going to Increase my Home's Value?

The short answer is yes! An elevator adds convenience, safety, and comfort to your home, which will boost its desirability for many years to come. A home without an elevator is worth about 10% less than one with.

How do I Maintain my New Elevator?

Elevators don't require much maintenance, but there are preventative measures you can take to ensure that they'll last for years to come.

Bottomline

Installing an elevator can be an expensive investment. Still, it could potentially save you thousands of dollars in the long run if you're faced with a situation that calls for multiple home elevators or stairlifts. You may even find yourself living more comfortably and independently than ever before. So what are you waiting for? Get in touch with Ascension Elevators today. We can talk you through the different types of home elevators and stairlifts available and help you choose the right one for your house.