Wheel Chair Porch Lift
For Easier Access to Your PorchA wheel chair porch lift gives individuals with limited mobility or in wheel chairs the freedom to enjoy their porch - like my Dad needed when he was ill.
These lifts are also referred to as a vertical wheel chair lift, platform lift, or deck lifts.
Manufacturers, like Bruno wheel chair lifts, offer you many different options and height capabilities.
Picture above of the "Trust-T-Lift" is from RAM Manufacturing LTD
A vertical wheel chair lift like the one pictured above (Trust-T-Lift from RAM Manufacturing LTD) usually consist of a platform that travels up and down a stationary tower thereby raising or lowering an individual to a different height.
The individual simply rolls onto the lift platform, pushes the lift button to rise to porch level and then rolls off the lift.
Depending on the height the lift platform needs to travel, the whole process shouldn't take more than 30 to 60 seconds. Porch lifts can extend from approximately 3 feet 14 feet in height.
Most vertical wheelchair lifts are designed for straight-through access. The wheelchair enters on one side of the platform and exits through the other at destination.
As some homeowners may need an adjacent access capability (for corner installations) or same side access, we recommend you contact a contractor prior to ordering your lift to ensure this configuration will work on your home.
Then contact the lift supplier to ensure the access option you need is available.
Purchasing Tips: Consider purchasing a wheelchair porch lift that will serve your needs but at the minimum height necessary to save on costs. Porch lifts can handle wheel chairs and scooters and can lift and lower up to 600 pounds.
If you need a porch lift to reach a height just above the your lift model's capability, consider adding height to the foundation rather than opting for the next higher reaching unit. It could save you hundreds of dollars.
If your porch or deck is fairly elevated, a Bruno wheel chair lift may be the answer. Their VPL-3200 B series offers lift heights up to 14 feet (like the one pictured at right).
They also come with some really neat options of which you should be aware:
Important Safety Considerations
Wheel Chair Porch Lift Installation Considerations
Before installing, be sure to see our installation code requirement considerations.
PrivacyDesigned for functionality rather than aesthetics, a wheel chair porch lift tends not to have a lot of curb appeal. But there are ways to integrate the lift into its surrounds for a more pleasing overall look.
In the photo below a vertical wall made from the same material as the deck is used to conceal the partially conceal the lift.
You can also use landscaping or hard scaping to achieve the same result based on the elevation of your specific lift.
A wheel chair porch lift can be the perfect solution to your accessibility problem. Check out AmeriGlide's vertical wheel chair lift products like the one pictured below.
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