Home accessibility is one of the most important things for people with mobility concerns. Not being able to easily maneuver around your own home can be damaging to a person’s mental health and wellbeing, and potentially lead to physical concerns as well. The popular choice to improve accessibility among homeowners is wheelchair ramps. They have been around for a long time and are commonly found in public places as well, more so than platform lifts. However, for many reasons, a vertical platform lift may be your ideal choice for home accessibility.
A vertical platform lift is seen as a safer alternative to wheelchair ramps. The ramps still require you to move up or down and may even require some assistance if the surface is slick or too steep. With a vertical platform lift, you can simply wheel your wheelchair onto the platform, push a button and you’ll slowly be moved to the higher level where you intend to go.
Compact Design Compared To Ramps
If you’re not thrilled about the design of wheelchair ramps due to lack of space in and around your home, then a platform lift is a great alternative. It can be installed in a location that isn’t as obvious and many times a platform as small as 5’x5’ can be built. The compact design means you have more space to maneuver in the home and outside the home and can still get where you want to be.
Ease Of Use And Cost-Effective
A vertical platform lift is easy to use when professionally installed. The push-button is easy to access so all you have to do is position yourself on the platform, push the button and you will get to the higher level safely without having to lift a foot. It promotes independent senior living since assistance isn’t needed to use it, unlike wheelchair ramps in some situations. And when compared to the installation of wheelchair ramps, a vertical platform lift takes a portion of the time to install for a fraction of the cost.
While wheelchair ramps are functional and can help anyone with mobility concerns, they can also stand out aesthetically. A vertical platform lift can be installed in various areas in and around the home so you can hide it as much as you’d like. And if you want to use it as a porch lift for outdoor living, you can match the materials to your outdoor aesthetics to make it look like a natural fit.
Next Day Access prioritizes helping people who deal with mobility concerns. You shouldn’t have to live inconveniently in your home, but many people do because they aren’t aware of the options available to them. Whether a vertical platform lift is right for you or if you’re interested in any other mobility solution, contact us today and we would be happy to provide you with a free home assessment.