Aging in Place: Living out Your Years in Your Home

Symmetry Shafless Home Elevator Sliding Door Open Seat Down

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.

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Wheelchair and Handicap Accessible Elevators for Homes

Wheelchair Accessible Elevator Options

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.

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Commercial Wheelchair Lifts: Lifts for Commercial Buildings

Symmetry Commercial Wheelchair Lift Stainless Steel VPL

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.

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Accessibility in Schools: Options to Improve Accessibility

Symmetry Vertical Platform Lift Upper Landing in School Gymnasium

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.

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Entrance Doors for Vertical Platform Lifts

Fire-Rated VPL-SL Steel Door

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.

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Beware Used Wheelchair Lifts for Sale

Symmetry VPL residential outdoor application

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.

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Wheelchair Lift Not Working? Troubleshoot Checklist

Symmetry VPL Residential application Bottom Landing

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.

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In House Lifts or Elevators: Which is the Best Product for You

Residential Elevator with Shaker Panels

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.

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Elevator Options for Churches

Shaftway Vertical Platform Lift used in a church building

Inside a church or other place of worship, there are a number of areas where accessibility is critical. While it may seem like a difficult task, providing access to those that are mobility impaired is not as complicated as it may sound and there are a number of options available.

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