Vertical Lifts for Home Access
According to the CDC, over 18 million Americans suffer from mobility difficulties. For people with these difficulties, even entering and exiting their homes can become a challenge. Vertical platform lifts may be a great solution.
When Are Vertical Lifts the Best Choice for Your Mobility?
Vertical Platform Lifts are a great way to gain access to your home from a driveway, sidewalk, or garage.
They are built to withstand weather, even in harsh conditions like upstate New York, so can be installed outside, or can be installed in a garage, or in a shaft way for travel from one floor to another.
A platform lift can travel up to 5 feet without requiring walls to surround it. For distances greater than five feet, an enclosure can be provided, or a shaft way can be built to accommodate the lift for safe travel. For un-enclosed lifts a safety pan is incorporated under the platform, stopping the lift from downward travel if an obstruction is encountered (children’s toys, pets, gardening tools, etc.)
Vertical lifts are a great choice. They usually require much less space than a wheelchair ramp, and when the lift height is more than 3 feet, they are usually more cost effective than a ramp. They are weather-ready and can be covered outside to avoid snow accumulation. Unlike stair lifts, lifts carry a person along with their mobility device, and can even carry a companion or family member.
Vertical platform lifts can travel up to fourteen feet, and can be a good solution to getting from a basement garage to living space on the floor above. Lifts can have up to three stops, so may be effective in reaching several landings in a split level home, or ground level as well as two floors.
There are no special power requirements for VPLs; they operate on 120 volt circuits, and are often battery operated (with continuous re-charging), allowing them to be used even during a power outage.
When looking at gaining access to and from your home, include vertical platform lifts as an option to consider. A home mobility specialist can help determine whether a vertical platform lift is right for your needs.