Making the decision to invest in a wheelchair ramp is the first step toward a more independent way of living. Not only do wheelchair ramps provide the freedom of getting in and out of your home whenever you want, they’re also the safest option for wheelchair users. Since most people don’t have a lot of experience with wheelchair ramps, it’s important to know what you need to consider before building one.
Who will build it
Some people will try to build a wheelchair ramp on their own, but with cutting costs comes increased risk. A contactor or company that specializes in accessibility is your best option. Not only will they have the experience with building wheelchair ramps, they can help you decide what’s best for your home. If a ramp is too steep, it can be extremely dangerous. Make sure you’re finding the right person for the job.
Length and location
Not all houses are created equal, and ramps are not one size fits all. Deciding where to put your ramp is extremely important. Is there a side door that’s more accessible to you? Would you prefer the back? These are all questions you should ask yourself prior to installation. If you’re unsure about what is possible for your particular home, be sure to ask your hired professional help for guidance. Another thought to keep in mind is what you’re able to handle in terms of length and steepness. If you’re unable to get up a steeper wheelchair ramp, entering and leaving your home will be a major risk without any assistance. Make sure you’re considering your health and safety before building.
NighttimePeople often forget about adding light fixtures to their ramp or projecting on their ramp. Don’t get caught in the dark – literally! A wheelchair ramp can add independence and convenience to your life, but without proper lighting, it can be difficult to maneuver at night. Make sure you’re adding a light that can either be turned on near the ramp or automatically comes on when motion is detected.
No matter who builds it and what materials, length, structure and lighting you choose, you’ll want to consider your own or your loved one’s safety before building a ramp. Always pay attention to what your body can handle and keep these considerations in mind when buying a ramp. The professionals at Complete Access have been enhancing homes with ramps in the Berkeley, Oakland and San Francisco, CA areas for years. Our professionals are trained to know exactly what type to recommend and can help you get started today.
As we get older, it gets harder and harder to walk up and down the stairs. Your legs just can’t handle what they used to, but that’s okay! It doesn’t mean you won’t be able to use the stairs ever again.
Complete Access is a proud supplier of the very best stair lifts from the most trusted brands in the industry including the many models designed by BRUNO. With so many options it can be hard to choose which is best for your home, click here to learn more about BRUNO products.
When you have a stair lift installed within your home you can enjoy:
- Increased mobility:
No longer will you be restricted to the
first floor of your home. Stair lifts can be installed on your stairs leading
up to the second story and even down into your basement. Once again you’ll be
able to enjoy every floor of your home!
- Increased independence: You won’t need to ask for the help of your spouse, children, or friends to help you up and down the stairs. Feel free to move around whenever you please. No matter which model you choose, they are easy and simple to use!
If you’re unsure about whether you would like using a stair lift in your home, you can schedule a free ride test with us today. This way you can see what all of the hype is about!
Here at Complete Access, we are dedicated to ensuring we give our customers the best possible service. Get in touch with our team today to learn more about the specific model you’re looking into, or if you want to get our professional opinion we can suggest different models based on your needs.