If you or someone you love is wheelchair-bound or has other mobility issues, wheelchair ramp access and cargo lifts can be a critical part of maintaining an independent lifestyle. But finding the right wheelchair ramp or cargo lift can be difficult. We’ve created the Mobility123 guide to choosing the right wheelchair ramp or lift and making sure that it meets all of your accessibility needs.
What is a cargo lift? It is an elevator that can take a wheelchair, a person, furniture, luggage, appliances, groceries, or anything else you need from the ground level to the second level of your home. They are great for anyone in a wheelchair with a two story home, or anyone with mobility issues who needs regular assistance with getting themselves or other items from the first to the second floor. This brings a level of independence and freedom to elderly loved ones who can continue to care for themselves at home without having to use stairs.
First, make sure you get the right type of wheelchair ramp for your needs. There are many different types of wheelchair ramps available, so it's important to find the one that fits both the size and style of wheelchair you have as well as any other mobility challenges you may have. Ramps come in different widths and lengths, so measure your chair and do some research to understand which would work best for you - this will save time and money later down the road.
If you are in need of a wheelchair ramp to access a deck or second story of your home, there are some things you’ll want to consider. Mobility123 has ramps that can provide up to 1,000 lbs of lifting capacity. You may need a single-width or double-width ramp depending on the space available and how much wheelchair traffic it will accommodate. It is also important to make sure that the wheelchair ramp has enough surface area to provide a safe transition from one level to another, as well as enough clearance around any obstacles such as stairs or railings. If space is limited, folding wheelchair ramps can be an excellent solution.
Secondly, consider where the wheelchair ramp will be located. Will it be indoors or outdoors? Will it need to be able to handle the different kinds of weather and terrain in your area? Mobility123 has a Beach Butler Residential Cargo Lift made of durable stainless steel and aluminum that is made to withstand the harsh elements of a coastal home. These lifts can be so convenient for moving large items between the ground level and upper level of a home or office. Thinking about your home setup, location, and wheelchair needs can help narrow down your choices so you can make sure you select one that is suitable for your environment.
Thirdly, decide how long and wide a wheelchair ramp you will need. For indoor ramps, pay attention to the door frames and hallways in which the wheelchair must pass through - this might require additional space depending on the wheelchair's size and width. You'll also want to factor in any gradient or incline that needs to be covered. If a wheelchair ramp is too short, it won't provide enough assistance when getting up curbs or stairs.
By following these tips, you can find the right wheelchair ramp for yourself or your loved one with accessibility needs. With the right wheelchair ramp in place, users can have greater independence and access to places they may not have been able to go before. So don't delay - start researching wheelchair ramps today!
Finally, call Mobility123 to discuss your specific needs. We can help you get the right setup to get exactly what you need. This can be a big decision and we are happy to walk through the details so you can feel confident that you get a wheelchair ramp or cargo lift that makes your life easier.