Ok so life wasn’t meant to be easy, but it’s unfairly more difficult for some. For people who are wheelchair bound, every day can be a series of complications that anyone would be better off without. Living in a two-storey home can be more than impractical; it can be downright impossible and so housing choices are limited. That is, unless home wheelchair elevators are considered.
Improve Quality of Life
Quality of life is often highly underestimated, and it can be common for able-bodied people to take it for granted that a mobility-impaired person is content with their lot in life. Not so, is the resounding response from the latter.
Home wheelchair elevators can be an absolute godsend, a way for people to gain their independence back and not have to rely on family and friends to help them throughout the day.
Any person who finds themselves stuck in a wheelchair permanently might need to consider relocating to a more practical home for navigation purposes but with a home wheelchair elevator, half of the enormous battle is won.
Consider the struggle for a disabled person to go to the supermarket, buy groceries, travel to and from the store and bring the bags into the house. If it’s a complicated affair just to go out and buy the groceries, imagine coming home and not being able to take them upstairs from the front door or garage.
Home wheelchair elevators are specialized platforms that easily take the weight of the person and the chair plus whatever cargo they need to carry with them. They can be fully enclosed or merely protected by a stability frame to avoid the chair from rolling off.
Some feature a ramp that raises and lowers to enable the wheelchair to get on and off easily, and they also close securely in place for the upward or downward journey. These units are affordable alternatives to ramps, which can be expensive to construct, totally change the appearance of the interior and can be very cumbersome.
There are wheelchair elevators for the interior and exterior of a home. The outdoor ones feature weatherproof materials for long-lasting durability and safe use. Aside from electrical operation, many units also come with battery powered backup to lower and raise the elevator in the event of a power failure.
Some wheelchair elevators are structures mounted onto the interior of a staircase, space and width permitting and they don’t require major structural alterations to the building.
Customizing to suit
Manufacturers of home wheelchair elevators usually provide a customization service, which is vital considering the unique and individual needs of the people who require the use of a wheelchair. From entry and exit doors placed at right angles to each other, to handsfree telephones installed on the elevator, most requirements can be accommodated to suit.
There are even temporary units that are favored by rental tenants who may not be permitted to alter the structure of the property where they live. These are added to the exterior staircase of the house but naturally require that the house be suitable for such an addition, however temporary it may be.
Making life easier for a wheelchair bound person, and indeed his or her family and friends, can be quite a gift. Enhancing their quality of life and thus their independence means that everyone can get back to a sense of normalcy and for this reason, among others, finding the funds to install a home wheelchair elevator is often a priority.