Installing access equipment in your home or business elevates your premises’ comfort and accessibility. It is important to hire professionals to install all access equipment and stair lift installation needed to ensure maximum safety and avoid accidents. At Delta Accessibility, we are committed to giving our clients quality access equipment installation and repair services. Below are some of the accessibility solutions we offer.
Vertical platform lifts
Vertical platform lifts may be installed to provide access to a garage, patio, public building, or porch. They are convenient and one of the easiest access equipment to install. There are different models and sizes available, and consulting an expert can help you choose the most suitable for you and your budget.
Some of the other considerations you should keep in mind when planning to install a vertical platform lift include the following:
- Location of the vertical lift: indoor or outdoor; outdoor lifts should be able to withstand all weather conditions
- Should the lift be enclosed or not
- Height involved
- Ease of operation
- Weight capacity of the vertical lift
- The drive mechanism: hydraulic drives or screw drives
- Safety features such as manual system override in case of power outages, obstruction sensors, handrails, proper lighting, interlock mechanisms, and emergency form of communication among others
Ceiling lifts are common in hospitals and allow caregivers to transfer patients from one point to another. However, they are recently available for home and stair lift installation to allow patients to enjoy the comforts of their abode when they do not necessarily have to be in the hospital. There are two types of ceiling lifts: permanent and portable. Permanent ceiling lifts cannot be removed from the ceiling track, but they move up and down, right and left, allowing patients to move freely. A portable ceiling lift can be removed and placed on another ceiling track, but it only moves up and down, and therefore, requires the help of a caregiver to move the patient along the track.
The ceiling tracks are installed by attaching clamps to the ceiling to provide places of attachment for the track sections. The installation of these clamps is dictated by the type of structure and manufacturer’s instructions. You should hire professional stair lift installation services to install ceiling lifts to avoid any accidents when in use.
Ramps enable easy access to people who are unable to use the stairs for one reason or another. People using scooters, wheelchairs, and walkers find it easier to use ramps to access buildings. Ramps are easy to install but may be tricky in places with limited space. Different places may have different rules on the installation of ramps. Generally, they should have non-skid surfaces for safety purposes, avoid places where water may accumulate, ensure the handrail height and position are within reach, and the way the door opens should be convenient.
There are two types of ramps: permanent and portable. Permanent ramps are not meant to be removed and are only removed when they wear off. Portable ramps, on the other hand, are light for easy transport but strong at the same time. However, they have pre-drilled holes that may be used for anchoring whenever necessary.
Chair / Stair Lift Installation
A stair lifts comes in handy for seniors whose homes have stairs, but they can no longer climb up and down. The stair lift moves a chair along a rail on the staircase that is fastened by screws to every two or three stair treads. The screws used are usually small but strong to avoid accidents but keep the stairs looking good. The stair lift track begins at the bottom of the stairs, close to the floor, and extends up the stairs to the top. This is usually installed on the side of the stairs without a wall to avoid any obstruction unless there is a distance between the wall and the stairs. Once installed, the stair lift is connected to a power source.
There may be variations in different models, but usually, a battery charger is connected to an electrical terminal near the upper or lower end of the staircase that will allow it to charge when not in use. Some stairlifts are not battery-powered and thus require a dedicated electrical circuit. In this case, the stair lift is connected to a power source by use of a traveling cable, which travels with the lift. These models are no longer popular as the traveling cable tends to wear out, and the retractable spool that collects and releases the cable may break down, causing inconveniences. All stair lifts have a switch on the arm of the chair to enable easy movement up and down. All safety switches are tested after the access equipment and stair lift installation. These include the arm, footrest, and seat swivel lock, among others.
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Residential elevators are a worthwhile investment and are becoming increasingly popular with both new homeowners and those who already have homes. They are no longer a luxury but are viewed as renewed mobility for the aged, disabled, and people who are sick or injured. There are many types and models of residential elevators to choose from. Some models run on hydraulic drive system, and some do not require an elevator hoistway. Designs can also be customized to suit your needs, such as the colors, finish, and the safety requirements. Apart from providing comfort and luxury, residential elevators will affect the resale value of your property positively. Therefore, it is very important to hire professional service providers when deciding to install a residential elevator in your home.
Walk in tubs
Walk in tubs are more convenient, comfortable, and safer compared to regular tubs. They also allow people with disabilities, especially involving mobility and the elderly, to enjoy independent and secure baths. Accessories such as grabs bars and bath seats may be purchased together with the walk-in tubs to provide further comfort and security. Walk-in tubs should be installed in a clean space to avoid growth of molds. The manufacturer provides an installation manual but unless you are a professional, you should hire an installation services company to install your walk-in bathtub.
Grab bars can be installed in different places in the house to provide safety. One of the most important rooms in the house to install grab bars is the bathroom and the toilet. This enables easy movement when getting up or down, and ensures safety. Towel handles should not be mistaken for grab bars as towel handles are not strong enough to handle too much weight and may cause injury when used improperly. Hire a professional to help you choose the best grab bars for different rooms and to install them properly to avoid causing accidents.
Professionals should be the ones handling the stair lift installation of all access equipment despite how simple this process may seem. They can guarantee that all safety measures are taken during installation and maintenance. Whether you own a building that needs renovation or you are constructing one, Delta Accessibility has professionals that will handle all the accessibility and mobility needs that you require. Contact us today for all your residential and commercial accessibility needs.
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