One of the most difficult aspects of being someone who has a disability is being able to get around in your own home. Most homes are not built with the needs or conveniences of disabled people in mind. This means that those who have these issues will have to modify their home in some way in order to be able to live comfortably at home. Thankfully, there are a lot of different types of equipment that can make life a bit easier and more enjoyable.
Getting up the stairs in a wheelchair is an almost impossible feat. There are several products available that will accomplish this task. The first of these is called a vertical platform lift or porch lift. This is, as you would expect, a platform that goes straight up and down, transporting a wheelchair user from one level to another. This can be up to the entry door level, or between floors. Another option is an inclined platform lift. This is a lift that actually goes in the stairwell and transports a wheelchair user on a platform that follows the incline of the stairs.
If you can transfer, or are semi-ambulatory, another option for home accessibility equipment is a stair lift. To use this type of lift you transfer into a seat that goes up the stairs on a track. They can be configured for either straight runs or curved stairways. Many stair lifts run on batteries and automatically maintain the battery charge. You want to make sure the stair lift you buy runs on batteries in the event of a power outage, to be sure that you can access the second floor. These lifts also come with many features designed to make the lift and the accompanying ride as comfortable as possible. There are footrests and armrests as well as safety rails to keep you safe while you use the lift.
Another important piece of home accessibility equipment is ramps. These ramps can be built to get you up your porch into your home or through any elevated room in your home. The portable ramps used for the home have closure straps to help lock the separate panels together and are made from the most durable materials to ensure safety. If you are interested in purchasing these products for your home, Access Options Incorporated is the place to go. They have a wide selection of ramp systems, stair lifts, and even wheelchair accessible vehicles for sale as well.