A platform lift can be a transformative experience for a senior. The installation of a platform lift can be customized to meet the specific needs of the resident and the home itself. Purpose-built for either outdoor or indoor use, platform lifts are also the ideal solution for commercial settings seeking to increase access for those who have mobility challenges. They can be divided into two broad categories: vertical platform lifts and inclined platform lifts.

Vertical Platform Lifts

A vertical platform lift might also be called a porch lift. They can be installed either indoors or out and function similar to an open elevator. Designed to offer access to elevated areas such as decks, porches and others, vertical platform lifts are spacious enough to accommodate wheelchairs and power chairs. Automatically powered and compact in nature, a vertical platform lift is the ideal solution if the access point is greater than 24 inches off grade.

Inclined Platform Lifts

Inclined platform lifts are designed to easily hold a wheelchair or other mobility lightweight devices and move them along an existing staircase’s incline. This movement is accomplished by attaching the platform lift to a specially designed rail. This solution is ideal for a curved or straight staircase that is wide-set and does not require the individual to transfer out of their mobility device prior to use.

In order to ensure that the resident’s needs are met or that the visitors to a commercial space can successfully navigate it, several key considerations must be addressed. While cost is often the first item to be considered, the maximum weight of the mobility device and the length of time it will be in use are other important considerations to think about.

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