Vertical platform lifts (VPLs) are highly useful devices that support individuals who are wheelchair-bound and those with limited mobility to move and gain access to all corners of the house or a commercial building. Although ramps and stair lifts have been around to furnish similar use, they may not be applicable for other purposes.
In homes, commercial places, and buildings with multiple levels, VPLs are the best choice. Platform lifts can be installed even outdoors when space is an issue. Before having your homes or structures have VPLs installed, there are some critical points to consider.
1. Are VPLs safe?
When stairs and ramps seem to be a somewhat tricky mode of accessing other levels of your house, vertical platform lifts provide the utmost convenience for people who use crutches, canes, walkers, and wheelchairs so safety should not be an issue. Besides, it comes with user-friendly controls for safety in operation by people with mobility challenges. VPLs are expected to be equipped with emergency buttons and platform safety panels, doors, alarms, etc. With a highly functional VPL, you will never get stuck in an awkward level, and it should detect obstructions underneath.
2. How are VPLs designed?
VPLs are designed to lift people to bypass the stairs. They can be installed indoors or outdoors. But most VPLs have more use on the outdoors when space is an issue, yet the structure is resistant to wear and tear of the outside elements.
3. What is the capacity of a VPL?
Ideally, it can carry a maximum weight of 750 pounds but the weight capacity of each VPL design varies. The importance in this scenario is that the VPL can accommodate any wheelchair size. For a VPL with the right specifications based on your need, contact DELTA Accessibility. They will present you the perfect model for your household.
4. How does it run?
While VPLs are battery powered, their batteries are rechargeable. There is no need to worry during a power outage. However, usage should be kept to a minimum to save for further use, especially when power interruption is unpredictable in your area.
5. How can I maintain the VPL?
A VPL is a complicated machine built with parts not for ordinary people to tinker with. When it malfunctions, a person expert in elevator installation is authorized to repair it. DELTA Accessibility has a team of installers with great know-how on this kind of device. To be sure of safety, reliability, overall usefulness, and increased lifespan, it is beneficial to regularly clean and lubricate the unit periodically.
The general truth is that a VPL is essential in accessing all levels of your house instead of using the stairs. Some VPLs are built in the garage to enter a porch or house entrance adjacent to it much faster. VPLs lower than 6 feet of travel do not need to be enclosed. For further information about VPLs and their overall usefulness at home, contact our staff, and they will provide you with information on installation, maintenance, and purchase. Call us now so that we can gauge what VPL unit suits your home.