Improving your access with ramps
Author:
John Hinds
Post Date:
August 28, 2020

We’ve covered a number of topics about wheelchairs and mobility scooters but what good are they if you’re faced with a step that you can’t get up? Ramps come in various forms and can enable you to maintain access and mobility; they will give you your independence back at home and on the road.

Ramps are mobility aids that enable better access to your home and areas that have existing steps or raised surfaces. Ramps make steps in and around your home accessible for wheelchair and scooter users. They reduce the need for uncomfortable lifting over steps and into vehicles. They give you the independence to transport yourself around your home, rather than relying on assistance. 

It is gratifying to know that there are a wide range of wheelchair ramps available that can cater to all your access needs. From telescopic channel ramps to economy threshold ramps, all are designed for use at home or in healthcare settings.

What ramps are available?

Full Width Ramps

This is the most common ramp and has a full width design that makes them suitable for a range of mobility scooters and wheelchairs.

Two Piece Channel Ramps

These ramps fit onto steps or raised surfaces and have a separate ramp for each wheel. They can be adjusted by moving the ramps closer or further apart depending on the size of wheelchair or scooter you have.

Threshold Ramps

In many homes and buildings door thresholds are often raised and can make it difficult to get from one room to another. These ramps bridge over the threshold or fit onto one side so you can easily wheel over them.

Folding and Rolling Ramps

These are perfect for those who are wanting to take their own ramp with them when they are out in the car or travelling. They are available in single or multi-fold and even a roll-up design. They are often light weight but still strong and easy to store away.

Considerations

The only real considerations to take in to account when looking to purchase a ramp is size and fitting. You will need to check the size of your door frames, existing steps, the width between the wheels on your scooter or wheelchair and whether or not you plan to use it away from the home. Once you have your measurements you can start to identify the ramp that will make your life so much easier.

Ramp Accessories

There are a number of accessories available to go with your ramp. Whether you need to give a ramp extra length, improve your ramp’s mobility, or negotiate larger obstacles, there is a wide range of products and accessories that allow you to get the most out of your ramp solution.

These can include handrails, turning platforms, support stands and various wheelchair accessories that will give you added flexibility and help you resolve even the most complex accessibility issues.

If you have experience in using wheelchair ramps and would like to share your experience with others, we would love to hear from you. Please get in touch here.

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