Easy to Use Residential Wheelchair Ramp

A residential wheelchair ramp is essential for a handicapped individual to access their home. There are various types to choose from ranging from permanent, semi-permanent or portable.  They are also known as wheelchair ramps for home.  The ones that are bolted or cemented in place are considered permanent; they are fixed and typically cannot be moved.

The semi-permanent ones are set on top of the ground and the portable ones can usually flip up for easy transport.  In any case you will need the right length in order for it to work properly.

Use an Incline Chart for if you need help figuring out the Length

Are Residential Wheelchair Ramps Used Inside the Home?

Yes, absolutely.  A residence may have several mini models. These facilitate the transition to get through a doorway.  It is not unusual to find several of these in a house since there are typically many doors leading to rooms within the house and perhaps to the garage and also a door that leads you right outside.  

In addition, there may be a semi-permanent model used for the main entrance to the home.  Many of these have rails and the set up can usually be tailored to accommodate the path needed to enter the residence comfortably.  These can be moved and re-configured and set up somewhere else if the person changes residence for example.

The type of device used in the home will depend on the elevation environment.  The purpose of having a weelchair ramp for home is to benefit from a smooth transition through different elevation levels.  A house with a split level type of structure with a couple of steps of elevation difference between levels may need several different ramps to accommodate someone with mobility challenges.

Keep in mind that these devices are not only for wheelchair users.  The benefits also extend to those who use crutches, canes, walkers or other aids.  Sometimes the need for the device is not for the residents but to accommodate visitors, family and friends with mobility conditions.

According to the United States Census Bureau statistics on people with disabilities, "Roughly 30.6 million had difficulty walking or climbing stairs, or used a wheelchair, cane, crutches or walker."

What are These Devices Made of?

They are commonly built of wood, aluminum, steel, and concrete. They each represent a different type of structure. The ones made of wood are not as durable and need more maintenance. The aluminum models are durable and lighter in weight than the steel ones and the one made of concrete is the most permanent structure.

In order for a residential Wheelchair ramp to serve its purpose, it must be set up properly with the adequate slope for the elevation situation you want to address. While Handicap Specifications may vary, they follow basic prescribed safety guidelines. It is important to select the right handicap device to meet your needs.

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Related Link

United States Census Bureau Nearly 1 in 5 People Have a Disability in the U.S., Census Bureau Reports JULY 25, 2012

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