Accessibility can be a major issue if you let it become one. But, with the ever changing technology innovations, such as handicap vans, and the ADA helping to make disability standards the same as non-disability ones, accessibility doesn’t need to be a struggle.
One place where people often think accessibility will become an issue is at their home.
While they might be right in some aspects, there are many simple modifications you can make to your home to make it just as wheelchair accessible as a home that was built specifically with accessibility in mind.
There are a few different companies that specialize in different types of stair lifts. One type of stair lift that is fairly common is the kind that you transfer into and out of at the top and bottom of a set of stairs. While this isn’t the most ideal lift for someone using a wheelchair, it can be beneficial for people who have walking function, but difficulties with stairs.
Another type of stair lift that is becoming more common, is the kind that is hidden within a set of stairs. This type of lift is activated when a button is pressed, and the stairs fold away to reveal a lift for wheelchair use. This technology could be useful in homes where accessibility is necessary, but there isn’t extra space to add in a separate elevator.
There are two types of ramps that can be used for your home for accessibility.
The first is a permanent fixture. This is most commonly used for access into the home from the outdoors. This type of ramp often replaces a set of stairs that lead into the home. Often, they are created using either concrete, metal or wood. And, when replacing a small number of stairs, they can be constructed in a straight line. However, when replacing a larger, steeper set of stairs, they often need to be constructed in a multi-level pattern that uses a few turns.
The other type of ramp is a temporary or portable fixture. This is a simple, cost effective way to allow access to a home without removing a set of stairs or making a major change. These ramps are often metal and can be folded for easy storage.
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