Getting a Wheelchair in the House
Whether you are a new wheelchair user or have been in one for years, getting a wheelchair in the house presents the same set of challenges. The great news is that there are many solutions for helping you safely transition from outdoors to indoors. This article will look at the best ways for getting a wheelchair in your house.
Take a moment and think about the area in front of your house. What do you see? Is there a driveway? Is it paved? Are there steps up to the front door, or not? Is the primary path of entry through a garage? Are there steps in the garage? How many? Is the slope from the driveway to the point of entry quite large, or small?
Now take a moment and consider what is on the other side of the door, be it front door, garage door, or back door. How large is the landing? From the landing, are there steps up or down? Or, once you enter the home, is there a flat surface, as in a bungalow, that would serve as the primary area where the wheelchair would be used?
As you can see, getting a wheelchair in the house requires first taking some time to really assess your environment, both indoors and outdoors. Only then will you establish a broad perspective that takes into consideration all the fine details that need to inform your decision making.
Depending on what you answered above, there are a handful of excellent ways to get a wheelchair in the house. Let’s look at each of them.
Whether you need clearance of a 2 inch threshold or an incline much greater, wheelchair ramps come in many shapes and sizes. The QRamp is a semi-permanent modular ramp that offers a sleek design, quick setup, and maximum safety. The QRamp can be taken apart and reconfigured or relocated if you intend to move. If you need a ramp that can be easily moved or relocated for different uses on a regular basis, the Portable Aluminum Ramps are an excellent choice however these only come in lengths up to 12 ft. Another option is simply a wooden deck. If you’re researching the options you will want to know that most building codes require 1 foot of ramp for every inch of rise. So if your steps are 12 inches high you will want a 12 foot ramp. The longer the ramp becomes the more difficult it may seem to configure. A qualified vendor will be able to provide you with a free quotation and assist you in finding the best configuration for your space.
Vertical Platform Lift:
A vertical platform lift is great for indoor or outdoor use when accessing decks or porches. The Savaria Multilift Deck Lift fits into this category. It can handle up to 750 lbs in most climates. This is a great option instead of a long ramp. It discreetly takes up very little space and won’t intrude on your landscape.