A wheelchair ramp is a necessary part of any construction. Wheelchair ramps installed in building premises allow people with disabilities and limited mobility to access facilities without difficulties. A ramp is basically an inclined platform that builders install in homes or in a facility to allow for wheelchair access. In most buildings, the ramps are available as alternatives to stairs, which means that a company either installs the ramp beside the stairs or as an alternative to stairs.
Considering its importance, you can install a ramp on a public facility, such as a school, hospital, supermarket, or a home even when you do not have someone who would need it. The ramp is not only for people with wheelchairs. In shopping malls, ramps make it easy for people to push items using a stroller with their loads of goods. Ramps serve as pathways for carts, essentially making them valuable in these facilities.
Types of wheelchair ramps
A new construction would require a wheelchair ramp. However, you would have to decide on the intended functionality of the ramp, which will lead you to choose a certain type. Wheelchair ramps vary; therefore, to make your home ramps highly functional, make a critical assessment of the location and the ramps’ specific uses before you spend on the wrong types. The list below will help you decide what suits your home.
Threshold wheelchair ramps
Rolling or pushing a ramp over a threshold would be hard. However, when a threshold wheelchair ramp is installed, rolling or pushing will be much more easier. In most cases, a threshold ramp makes it possible for a wheelchair to roll over the threshold without any faults coming from the wheelchair.
A wheelchair ramp can be efficient for two situations. An outdoor ramp is a great help when you enter the house but you would require an indoor ramp to roll from the height. You can install different types of threshold ramps. With the different types of sliding doors, you can install the ramps that match your door. You can either install a ramp with an inch of height or half an inch depending on the door. This ramp, however, is permanent and is not to be transported or moved.
Portable wheelchair ramps
A removable wheelchair ramp gives greater convenience and advantage over the permanent type. Since this type of ramp comes in different designs and sizes, it really makes the difference when being used. Portable wheelchair ramps offer more advantages compared to other types.
One of the major advantages of portable wheelchair ramps is the installation cost, which is cheaper. When you use a wheelchair, you will realize that most facilities are inaccessible, and it is also possible to have limited access to certain homes. To beat this challenge, having a ramp to access all points is a real convenience. The materials used in portable ramps are light enough to bring them anywhere you need them. A portable ramp’s uses are diverse. You can use the ramp for many situations, such as getting on a vehicle. When you get to your destination, you can then alight using the same ramp.
The ramp should be easier to carry around if it is folded or rolled. In other cases, a platform ramp has a handle for easy handling and can be stored when not in use. Although different companies use different materials such as fiberglass, the size always brings a new challenge.
Channel portable ramps
This type of portable wheelchair ramp focuses on security aspects more than anything. A wheelchair is not really easy to control especially when you have to consider the danger of slippery surfaces. This type of ramp, however, has few additional features that make it more comfortable. The channel portable ramp has a wedge that fits the wheels of the chair. The ramp therefore limits the movement of the wheels to secure them in place.
Wheelchair ramps for vehicle access
You can have your vehicle installed with a ramp. This type of ramp does not need to be carried around. Instead, the ramp has a permanent attachment to the vehicle and it would be easier to fold or slide the ramp out of the vehicle. In addition, the ramp has different methods to function. This ramp can either use human effort, mechanical, or electrical methods to deploy.
Benefits of a wheelchair ramp
People with or without issues on mobility should have access to all points in a facility where using the stairs to transport things is a tedious task, if not impossible. Strollers and wheelchairs are the perfect loads for ramps. In homes, wheelchair ramps are a great deal of help for any member in the family having mobility problems. This eases the burden also from members assisting the handicap.
DELTA Accessibility has a range of wheelchair ramps for homes and businesses. Our ramps are made of high-grade materials that meet the highest possible quality standards. Because life should never be compromised, our team of experts are offering the safest and affordable solutions especially for people who need some respite from their limited mobility. Contact us now and experience the world of convenience.
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