The cold is coming! Here, in the City of Toronto, we’ve enjoyed fairly decent temperatures throughout the summer. However, the past week has shown us that cooler weather is certainly on the way. The summer, of course, is now over. And, in the months to come, the increasingly colder weather will make our outdoor surfaces more slick and slippery.
Cold temperatures and precipitation aren’t such a great mix when it comes to walking around safely. Icy surfaces, quite obviously, must be watched out for on the chilliest and wettest of days. This is especially true for our elderly. Seniors already do battle with balance and mobility issues. This is why mobility solutions such as wheelchairs, walkers and rollators are so highly recommended.
But what to do about those stairs?
Clearly, the above mentioned mobility solutions aren’t exactly ideal for stair climbing. This is why you may want to consider the installation of a porch lift either in the front or the back of your house. Wherever you have a staircase leading to a home entrance is an ideal location for a porch lift. With a porch lift, you can ensure that the mobility solution-using member of your family will always be able to enter and exit your home safely.
Porch lifts are also known as vertical platform lifts. While many are installed indoors, the outdoor variety is generally attached to a raised deck, staircase or porch. Naturally, a porch lift allows an individual who uses a wheelchair, walker, rollator or scooter to easily access the front or back entrance without leaving his/her mobility solution behind.
What are the basic features of a home porch lift?
As you’re surely aware, porch lifts are designed to provide maximum safety for their users. They include such basic features as all-weather protected controls and switches. These are important considering that our Canadian winters involve everything from heavy snowfall to extremely cold temperatures. Of course, our summers often involve great humidity and high heat. A unit that can withstand such extreme weather conditions is mandatory for its safe use and long-lastingness.
Emergency stop and safety switches are also included as part of the porch lift design. These are to ensure that a user can stop the motion of the porch lift at any time. As well, high, solid, side platform walls; top and bottom limit switches; non-skid platforms and automatic folding ramps are also part of a porch lift’s basic features.
It’s important to note that porch lifts take up much less space than a ramp. While wheelchair ramps are often seen as ideal pathways towards the front entrances of public facilities, they are not usually practical for residences.
What porch lifts brands are available from LifeCare Mobility Solutions?
We carry a variety of high quality home porch lift products including Serenity, Bruno and Savaria. If you have any questions about the porch lifts offered by LifeCare Mobility Solutions, please don’t hesitate to call us at 416-267-9800 or email us at [email protected]. You may also contact us by filling out the form on our Contact page!