A wheelchair lift, also known as a vertical platform lift, is a powered lifting device used to transport wheelchairs and their users from one level to another. A wheelchair elevator for home use differs from a residential elevator in that it is not always fully enclosed, uses different drive systems, and requires relatively few site modifications. Vertical platform lifts are ideal for wheelchair users who may not have the space for a full residential elevator or require a low rise application or have a need for outdoor use.Read More
Defined by the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention as “the ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level,” aging in place has gained popularity in recent years. Many Americans plan to live independent lives in their homes for as long as they can, rather than relocating to smaller apartments or assisted living facilities.
Successfully aging in place requires homemakers to consider how to ensure their homes remain accessible. Mobility issues affect over two-thirds of people aged 65 and older, according to the United States’ Census Bureau. Difficulty walking and climbing stairs can impair your ability to live independently while increasing the risk of falling injuries.
Aging in place house plans may be as simple as rearranging furniture to eliminate tripping hazards or as involved as installing residential home elevators. In either case the goal is the same: to ensure you can age in place in a safe, comfortable environment.Read More
For people with limited mobility, a single stair can become an obstacle that limits independence, but this does not have to be the case. If you are a wheelchair user exploring home elevator or lift options that empower you stay in your home, rest assured that there are solutions available to you.Read More
Whether you are constructing a new building or modifying an existing building, a commercial wheelchair lift may be the perfect solution to overcome architectural barriers and elevation changes. Commercial wheelchair lifts provide the ability to overcome elevation changes in the existing environment. Capable of traveling up to 14 feet vertically, wheelchair lifts, are designed to provide ease of access for people with mobility-impairments, while occupying a small footprint.Read More
Inclusion within an educational environment goes beyond the rights protected by the ADA. Educational facilities are required to provide equal access to those with mobility impairments. Providing an accessible route and accessible means of egress is important to a safe and accessible administration of education.Read More
Flip-up ramps can be used to access openings which are perpendicular to the tower on straight-through and 90◦ applications, and are available on all unenclosed lifts.Read More
One of the most critical aspects of a vertical platform lift (VPL) shaft is the entrance. With the safety of the rider being of the utmost importance, the entrance door is required by code to be flush to the interior of the shaft.Read More
Are you looking for wheelchair lifts online? What you should know is that the price may be deceiving. Be careful, a used and untested wheelchair lift may cost you more than you think.Read More
Wheelchair lifts, or Vertical Platform Lifts (VPLs), are designed to ensure the safety of the passenger. If one of the many checkpoints along the chain of safety is breached, the lift will not move. With the redundant safeties available on VPLs it can sometimes appear that everything is fine, but the lift will not run.Read More
When assistance between floors of the home is desired, there are a number of options available. Not all people that need assistance are in wheelchairs, many use walkers, canes, crutches or other mobility devices. Determining your expected use, timeline, space available and budget will help you to determine whether a wheelchair lift or residential elevator is the best fit for your situation.Read More