Selecting a Wheelchair Ramp for Your Home

These days, many people are inviting their parents into their homes to live with them. As many soon discover, having parents live at home may require making a physical change to the home, such as remodeling a bedroom or bathroom, or even building an addition. It could also require installing a wheelchair ramp.

As parents get older, it becomes necessary to become more involved in their care. Whether that care takes place in your home or theirs, a wheelchair ramp can increase mobility, safety and independence. If you or someone you know is living with limited mobility, it’s important to take the appropriate measures to ensure that any and all accessibility needs are met with the right solution. This means finding and implementing the proper wheelchair ramp for maximum maneuverability, ease of use, and safety. At Accessibility Solutions 360, we are the trusted name in wheelchair ramps for Central PA. Our experience installing wheelchair ramps for our clients has provided us with the knowledge to help you pick what wheelchair ramp best suits the needs of your home and family.

Wheelchair Ramp Length

Contrary to what many people think, a wheelchair ramp is more than just a piece of lumber or metal. There is no single ramp that can work for everyone. Wheelchair ramps are designed with different materials, lengths, features, and slopes for specific purposes. The first and most important step in choosing the right wheelchair ramp is to determine the proper length required. Selecting a ramp that’s too short will result in a steep grade that can make it dangerous, or even impossible, for a wheelchair user to safely make it up or down. Longer ramps will decrease the steepness of the slope, making them safer and easier to use than shorter ramps. To choose the proper ramp length, you’ll need to make sure it fits your situation and provides plenty of safety for the user.

If you are worried about how to choose the right length, we can help! Our company provides free personalized home assessments in which we make and provide proposed drawings for ramps. We have the experience and knowledge to select the best length for your home.

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Wheelchair Ramp Type

The next step in choosing the perfect wheelchair ramp is determining what type of ramp will best satisfy your specific needs. Wheelchair ramps primarily fall into one of these three categories: free-standing, portable and threshold.

There are many different ramps that can increase accessibility for individuals who use wheelchairs, power scooters, or other mobility devices to get around. But remember, they’re not all created equal. To choose the proper wheelchair ramp for your specific needs, consider how you plan to use the ramp, your budget, and the benefits and disadvantages of each type of ramp. If you still aren’t quite sure, the professionals at Accessibility Solutions 360 are more than happy to help you come to the best decision for you and your loved ones.

For more information about wheelchair ramps for your Central PA home, call Accessibility Solutions 360 at 888-837-6818 or request a free estimate.