Interior staircases pose a unique set of challenges for those who need assistance. When a person has trouble lifting themselves over a single obstacle such as a step up or a change in floor level, then a staircase becomes a mountain of multiple hurdles. One answer is the modern stairlift as designed by Acorn Corporation.
Here you can read a review of Acorn stairlifts and overview of acorn stairlift safety features.
When a small rise in floor levels or a large step over an interior door’s threshold is the obstacle we need to surmount, a vertical lift might be the answer. Vertical lifts take a smaller amount of space (and a much smaller budget) than elevators and allow not just a person, but their wheelchair to make the transition from level to level. Safety features can include optional additional controls for calling the platform to the user and constant pressure button operation, meaning the movement of the platform is under the user’s control at all times. There are even outdoor and portable vertical lifts for gaining entry into homes and other buildings.
Outdoor entrances into buildings can often be accessed using an “ADA ramp”. ADA stands for Americans with Disabilities Act, which requires all public buildings to be handicap accessible. ADA ramps must conform to certain standards to make the incline gradual enough to easily roll up or down in a wheelchair or to walk with the assistance of a walker. Every 12 inches requires a rise of 1 inch, meaning that the higher the rise, the longer the ramp will need to be. Many attractive low maintenance designs are readily available, most made with weather resistant materials that offer many years of service.
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