If you or a loved one uses a wheelchair or experiences difficulty with steps, there are now a variety of mobility solutions to choose from, including ramps, vertical platform lifts, incline platform lifts and even outdoor stair lifts. These products significantly increase outdoor independence; Yet, many people are unaware of the outdoor accessibility options available.
Gordon Raney, Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) and the owner/operator of 101 Mobility franchises in Tulsa and Dallas, has a few guidelines to help you pick the best product to meet your mobility needs:
Best for? Ramping is the most common way to address accessibility issues within the home. They are perfect for individuals using wheelchairs, scooters, or who simply struggle with stairs. Folding ramps provide a solid threshold over smaller steps or curbs. More substantial modular ramps are suggested for higher landings.
How much ramp will I need? For every inch of vertical rise, a foot of ramp is necessary. The slope of your property will also dictate the amount of ramping needed. If your property is sloped downhill, more ramping will be needed to create a steady incline and vice versa.
How will I maintain it? Aluminum EZ Access Ramps require basically no maintenance; no rust, rot or decay. Aluminum modular ramps can be disassembled, moved, and easily rebuilt should families move or decide to re-sell.
How do I use the incline platform lift? The lift includes a large platform onto which the individual can drive their wheelchair or scooter. The platform then follows the incline of the stairs by a rail installed into the staircase, not the wall.
Do I have the space for it? Incline platform lifts generally work well with larger staircases as enough space for the platform to stop at top and bottom landings is required. Keep in mind that average platform size is 28” x 36” and they fold up when not in use.
Best for? The platforms are large enough for a wheelchair or scooter; similar to the incline lift, vertical platform lifts are great options for people who are unable to independently make transfers from their chair.
How is this different from an incline lift? Vertical Platform Lifts are essentially mini platforms that lift in a vertical fashion as opposed to an incline platform lift which follows the route of the stairs. Vertical platforms lifts are generally used for porches.
When should I choose a vertical platform lift over a wheelchair ramp? Porch lifts take up considerably less space than wheelchair ramps and certain models enable the user to travel up to two stories high. At approximately 30” of vertical rise, a wheelchair ramp would need to be 30 feet long and likely contain 2 landing platforms. At this point, it becomes more cost effective to opt for a porch lift instead of a modular wheelchair ramp.
How does an outdoor stair lift work? Similar to indoor stair lifts, they safely transport a person from ground to porch by following the route of the stair case.
How do I keep it protected from the elements? Outdoor stair lift models have marine-grade vinyl seats and other standard features to withstand weather conditions. Ordering a cover to keep the lift free of any dirt or debris is recommended, especially if you live in an area where it frequently snows and rains.
Still have questions? No problem, find your nearest 101 Mobility location by clicking here. Learn more from Gordon Raney about accessibility enhancing modifications in an upcoming post. Stay tuned!
When disaster strikes, you need a company to respond quickly to address your commercial or retail accessibility needs. Our aluminum modular ramp systems are the perfect modular ramp system for almost any site.
101 Mobility is here to make sure you do not have to compromise on the quality. We use only high quality, safe, low maintenance aluminum with all of our ramp installations. Our ramps are specially designed for easy installation and most all ramp configurations can be installed in less than 30 minutes.
Whether your needs are long or short term, your local 101 Mobility location can meet your needs. We offer a comprehensive ramp rental program for short term rental needs that will help you to get up and running after a disaster. Ramp rentals can be as short as one day or as long as you need. Ramp rentals include:
- Take down
- Clean up of the installation area after setup and take down
- No permanent impact to the property because our ramps do not generally require concrete footings or pads.
All of our ramps feature a permanent, non-skid surface for the safety of all who use the ramp. Our ramps also feature finished and flush sides that do not have any nuts or bolts protruding into the usable ramp area. These ramps are designed for maximum flexibility and can be expanded, moved or reconfigured as needed. All 101 Mobility ramps are made in the USA and can be recycled after use.
Call your local 101 Mobility for a quality, economical and quick ramp solution today!
When you need more than a portable ramp for your home, the best solution is a modular wheelchair ramp. The modular wheelchair ramp offers the durability and strength of a wooden structure without the lengthy construction time and maintenance hassles. The modular wheelchair ramps from 101 Mobility can be installed as a permanent or semi-permanent structure at your home and offer you the design flexibility and easy installation you want in a ramp.
With a modular ramp from 101 Mobility, you get a ramp that requires less hardware and no preassembly. Our modular wheelchair ramps are made from aluminum and are designed for durability and to withstand the elements. The sides are flush and finished so you don’t have to worry about any sharp edges protruding into the usable ramp space. They are completely safe for everyone to use. Our expert staff will design the ramp to work with the entrance to your home so that the configuration is easy to use and maneuver with your wheelchair or scooter.
Our certified trained installers can have your wheelchair ramp installed in just a couple of hours. Installation is quick and easy because the ramps, handrails, and platforms all come preassembled. We don’t need to anchor our modular wheelchair ramps into concrete footings or pads. They come with integrated independently adjustable supports making installation on any surface simple and straight forward. Our professional installers are adept at ensuring your ramp will be secure and safe for all who use it.
Need to have your ramp removed or relocated to another entrance? No problem. We can do that too. That is one of the real benefits of modular wheelchair ramps; they can be easily removed, reassembled, and used again without any trouble at all.
The modular wheelchair ramp you purchase from 101 Mobility will come with an extruded skid resistant surface for safety and will be 36” wide. Our ramps have an 850 pound weight capacity. Their low maintenance design can even be custom colored to complement the exterior of your home.
To learn more about our selection of modular wheelchair ramps, please contact the 101 Mobility location nearest you.
If you or someone you love is in a wheelchair or uses a scooter, a ramp is a necessity. Finding and installing the right wheelchair ramp is essential. The best wheelchair ramp is determined not just based on the initial purchase and installation cost. When deciding on the best wheelchair ramp, you must also take into account the maintenance, permanence of the structure, and the ability to adjust the ramp as needed. All of these factors play an equally important role in choosing the best wheelchair ramp for your home.
When choosing the best wheelchair ramp, experience has shown that aluminum ramps offer the most options, versatility and lowest maintenance. Let’s examine some of the many advantages of aluminum wheelchair ramps.
- Versatility. Aluminum wheelchair ramps can be configured to access any entrance you have. Because they are easy to install, they can also easily be re-configured if you move or need to move the ramp to another entrance to your home.
- Durability and Strength. Aluminum wheelchair ramps are lightweight and yet stronger and more durable than a wood ramp. They do not succumb to the elements like wood ramps and have virtually no upkeep or maintenance like wood ramps.
- Installation is Easy. Installing an aluminum wheelchair ramp is easy and your 101 Mobility professional installer can configure even the most complex ramp in less than a day, as compared to wood ramps which can take 2 or more days to install. Because aluminum wheelchair ramps are generally considered temporary structures, you may not even need a building permit.*
- Variety. 101 Mobility sells a wide variety of aluminum wheelchair ramps to meet your needs. From modular wheelchair ramps which can be painted to match your home’s exterior to folding wheelchair ramps and light weight wheelchair ramps, we are certain to have the type of wheelchair ramp that will meet your needs and budget. We even offer wheelchair ramp rentals for those who have only a temporary ramp need.
There are many more advantages to aluminum wheelchair ramps, to learn more please contact your local 101 Mobility representative.
*Consult your local municipality prior to installation.
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