At LifeCare Mobility Solutions, we strongly believe that people should be able to live out their lives happily, in constant comfort and with the ability to do things on their own. When a person endures a mobility issue, he/she is often made to feel that achieving any of the above is impossible. This is why it’s so important to us to offer solutions that help to restore one’s happiness, comfort and independence.
Porch lifts, we are very happy to say, are one of the top solutions we provide. For those who require mobility solutions such as wheelchairs, scooters, rollators and walkers, porch lifts take away the obstacle that is the staircase leading to the entrance of a home. Also known as vertical platform lifts, these accessibility solutions help individuals with mobility issues to safely bypass the stairs and get to the levels of the homes where the front doors are located.
How do porch lifts work and what are their safety features?
Traditionally, porch lifts are installed beside the staircase at the main entrance of a home. However, they can also be installed at the backs of houses and in their garages. However, there are also porch lifts that can be set up inside the home. They work much like elevators in that they are able to safely raise an individual and his/her mobility solution up beside a flight of stairs and back down again. Porch lifts eliminate stairs as obstacles preventing people from reaching the desired levels of a home.
Porch lifts come with a number of safety features. They include all-weather protected controls and switches, emergency stop and safety switches, high side platform walls, top and bottom limit switches, non-skid platforms and automatic folding ramps. They are also designed to withstand extreme weather conditions – from our harsh Canadian winters to our often sweltering summers!
What makes porch lifts better accessibility options than wheelchair ramps?
As you can imagine, wheelchair ramps take up much more space than porch lifts. Depending on your property, it may not even be feasible to install a wheelchair ramp. However, as we just mentioned, porch lifts can handle extreme weather conditions. We’d argue that this is especially important in the winter when the snow and ice often cover the ground.
“Wheelchair ramps are just as susceptible, as any other surface, to being slippery, thanks to precipitation,” notes our friend, Phil Hochhausen of Calgary’s Advantage Home Health Solutions, “This is especially true for wooden ramps that have endured a lot of rain or snow. Porch lifts, on the other hand, are engineered to withstand all types of weather conditions. Facing the extremes of hot and dry temperatures and blistering cold ones, porch lifts have proven to be the most durable of accessibility products.”
At LifeCare Mobility Solutions, we’re very proud of our line of porch lift products. We carry a variety of high-quality brands including Serenity and Bruno. If you have any questions about the porch lifts offered by LifeCare Mobility Solutions, please don’t hesitate to call us at 647-350-4488 or email us at [email protected]. You may also contact us by filling out the form on our Contact page!