Those who live with mobility problems may find the restriction isolating. Many who use devices such as scooters or wheelchairs find it difficult to get out of their homes and visit areas they used to enjoy. These challenges can also lead to trouble navigating through one’s own home. Thankfully, a wheelchair ramp comes in many different types to accommodate specific needs.
A doorway or threshold incline allows those with restricted mobility to navigate in and out of rooms. While it is not required, you can use two of these tools, one on either side of the door frame, making it easy to roll in and out. Typically, you will find these inclines fall under three basic designs: Lego-style, rubber, and aluminum.
The Lego-style is great for entryways, as it will allow water to flow away from the house. The textured design makes it easy to roll over the threshold. They come in heights varying from.75 inches to 1.5 inches. Usually, this design maxes out at a 300-pound weight capacity.
Rubber inclines are another popular option due to their durability. However, they can be heavy, but they stay in place the best. Another positive is that there is no weight restriction. Like other doorway models, you can get them in heights varying from.5 inches to 2 inches.
An aluminum threshold wheelchair ramp is the lightest in weight, making it easy to move if necessary. This ramp has the highest incline option with a range of 1 to 6 inches. It also has an amazing weight limit for such a lightweight object, handling up to 600 pounds.
This useful wheelchair ramp allows you or your loved one to get out of the house. They are made of sturdy aluminum, making them lightweight and also portable. These inclines have a non-skid surface so that the chair or scooter can easily roll up and into a vehicle. The incline is adjusted to the height of the automobile that you are trying to get into. The skids can telescope out up to 10 feet in length. While these are great for those who need to roll equipment into their vehicle, you should note that they can be hard to set up.
Being able to go through a normal path like everyone else is important. Pathway inclines allow users to navigate just paths that may have small steps. These can be either temporary or permanent and from 2 to 10 feet in length. They work in areas that have one or two steps, anything more than this requires a longer runner.
Suitcase wheelchair ramps are portable inclines that are about the size of a small suitcase. They often have a handle on one side making it easy to carry. They provide a temporary pathway for those who are out and do not have access to handicap accessible ramps. They are designed for use on curbs or single small steps. They are made of aluminum and have a non-slip surface.