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What Advantages Do Porch Lifts Have Over Wheelchair Ramps?

Individuals who have mobility issues and require the use of wheelchairs, scooters and/or rollators to get around shouldn’t have to feel confined to the bottom levels of their homes and the buildings they visit. Naturally, elevators help everyone to get to any floor of a building they like. However, to get into the building itself, a wheelchair ramp or a porch lift is often necessary. This is especially needed at home.

Home renovations are both pricey and time-consuming. So they aren’t often selected as a top choice solution for managing one’s disabilities. Most often, wheelchair ramps or porch lifts are added to homes to enable wheelchair, scooter and rollator users to easily access entryways. But which of the two options is more beneficial for those who use wheelchairs? At LifeCare Mobility Solutions, we would have to take the side of porch lifts in this debate.

Porch lifts take up less space.

Also known as vertical platform lifts (or VPLs), the first reason we prefer them is because they take up far less space than wheelchair ramps. They can be installed directly beside front or back porches or even in garages. A wheelchair ramp, however, generally requires lengthier real estate to allow for the creation of an incline that allows a wheelchair, scooter or rollator user to travel up towards the home’s entrance.

Porch lifts are considered to be safer.

Snowy days in the winter can provide unsafe conditions on wheelchair ramps. Slippery surfaces, quite obviously, make them difficult to ascend safely. And this isn’t just a winter-based problem. Rainy days throughout the year can make wheelchair ramps slippery. Porch lifts, on the other hand, are designed to withstand all different types of weather conditions. From extreme heat to unbearable cold, porch lifts have proven to be among the most durable of all accessibility options.

A standard home porch lift or vertical platform lift also comes with a long list of safety features. They include all-weather protected controls and switches, emergency stop and safety switches, high, solid, side platform walls, top and bottom limit switches, non-skid platforms and automatic folding ramps.

Porch lifts are easier and cheaper to install.

At LifeCare Mobility Solutions, we proudly offer both new and recycled home porch lifts and vertical platform lifts. They are the ideal solutions for both your indoor and outdoor residential elevation requirements. That means that whether the wheelchair, scooter or rollator user in your home needs access to the front door, back door or garage entrance, we’ve got you covered! We can adapt your porch lift to satisfy your specific needs.

We carry a variety of high-quality home porch lift products including Serenity, Bruno and Savaria. And have we not yet mentioned that porch lifts are the more cost-effective accessibility option?

For more information about our home porch lifts and vertical platform lifts or to book an in-home no-obligation consultation, please don’t hesitate to call us at 647-350-4488 or email us at info@lifecaremobility.ca. You may also contact us by filling out the form on our Contact page!

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