If you rely on a wheel chair and live in a home with stairs, you know what a challenge it can be to navigate your living space. Fortunately, there are a variety of different solutions to help you achieve mobility independence.
If you are in a wheel chair, there are three different types of chair lifts to consider installing in your home: an elevator lift, a wheel chair platform lift and a stair chair lift. Wheel chair platform lifts may be preferred by many, nor extensive structural remodeling.
A wheel chair platform lift allows a person to easily move between house levels without having to leave the comfort of their chair. They can be installed directly on any stairway with a wall, and they are quite solid and safe to use when properly sized, installed and maintained. Most wheel chair stair lifts can fold away when not in use, so they do not create any obstacles or blockage on the staircase they are installed on. Of course, local building codes and safety considerations need to be taken fully into account before installation, and you will generally need a professional contractor with experience in stair lifts to make sure that it is installed correctly and safely.
There are several different manufacturers of wheelchair platform lifts, and you should do careful comparison shopping before selecting your final model. However, given the advantages they create in terms of mobility and freedom for those in wheelchairs, they can be a quite valuable addition to your home.