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Providing a Boost: What to Look for In a Domestic Wheelchair Lift

Posted: 24th January 2019

There are roughly 1.2 million wheelchair users in the United Kingdom. For some wheelchair users, additional assistance is required to maintain a good quality of life.

Elderly wheelchair users, for example, can be confined to the downstairs of their home and find it extremely difficult to access and egress their property if there are a series of steps to overcome. The perfect solution for these individuals is a home wheelchair lift.

Read on for a guide on what to look for when shopping for wheelchair lifts. Explore consumer tips to help find a product that is certain to improve your loved one’s quality of life.

What Are the Different Types of Wheelchair Lifts?

Before considering technical specifications and features, you have to decide which lift type fits your needs. There are three primary types of lifts to help transport the disabled. These types are platform, step, and home lifts.

Platform lifts transport the wheelchair bound individual vertically between floors. Vertical platform lifts are commonly found at retail outlets, hospitals, schools, and other public buildings.

Step lifts are utilised when a handicap accessible ramp is not suitable due to the steep gradient that needs to be overcome. These lifts are designed to carry wheelchairs users short vertical distances.

The last common type is referred to as a home lift or elevator. These lifts are specifically designed to operate in the semi ambulant or wheelchair users’ home. Each lift is personalised so that is works with the unique contours of your home.

What Should You Do About Lifting in Tight Spaces?

There are some spaces so limited that platform or step lifts are no longer an option. Enter inclined lifts, an option designed specifically to operate in the tightest corridors.

Most traditional lifts operate by lifting the wheelchair straight up and down. Inclined lifts overcome tight spaces by moving diagonally. They’re designed to follow the contours of the staircase and can be personalised for any unique staircase.

What Are Some Other Factors to Consider?

Most importantly, the selected unit must possess the capacity to lift both the wheelchair and the user. Make certain to review the lift’s technical specifications to verify the lift capacity.

Many lift purchasers prefer units that are quiet and do not make a lot of noise during operation. Another factor for consideration may be the lift’s warranty terms.

Wrapping It Up

Wheelchair lifts are an important tool used to improve quality of life. Before investing in a lift, make sure you research the various types and settle on the one that fits your specific needs.

Different factors like capacity or physical location will impact your search. If you want to learn more about wheelchair lifts, please contact us for additional information.

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