A woman in a wheelchair using an outdoor vertical platform lift

Wheelchair Ramps vs. Vertical Platform Lifts: Which Is Right for Me?

Our MobilityWorks@home experts are often asked, “Should I get a wheelchair ramp or a lift for my home?” The answer depends on factors such as the user’s mobility, staircase height and number of floors, to name a few. While our trained technicians can help you choose which type of mobility solution is right for your needs, the overview below discusses a few key benefits and differences that can help guide your decision.

Wheelchair Ramps

Wheelchair ramps are designed for your specific space and include pre-assembled ramps, handrails and platforms. They do require some effort to navigate, unlike vertical platform lifts, and as a result, are better suited for scooter and power wheelchair users. They can be configured for almost any site, and are both cost-effective and low maintenance depending on the amount of ramp needed. Because they come pre-assembled, installing a wheelchair ramp is typically a quick and easy process that doesn’t require anchoring into concrete footings or pads. Wheelchair ramps sold through MobilityWorks@home have a built-in anti-slip surface and do not rust or warp, making them a durable mobility solution.

Wheelchair Ramp Benefits

  • Best for low-rise environments
  • Ideal for scooter or power wheelchair users
  • Easy installation
  • Low maintenance
  • 750-pound weight capacity
  • Cost-effective

Vertical Platform Lifts

Vertical platform lifts resemble an elevator with a platform that can be raised and lowered to transport a user safely to another floor. While they are often seen in businesses, churches, and schools, they are also often used outside residential homes as a “porch lift.” These lifts are operated mechanically and require little effort from the user, making them an easy-to-use option for almost anyone in need of mobility assistance. They are more effective than wheelchair ramps in high-rise environments involving a large staircase or multiple levels that need to be accessed. Installing a vertical platform lift does require a concrete pad to
anchor the equipment, making the installation process more complex than that of a wheelchair ramp.

Vertical Platform Lift Benefits

  • Best for high-rise environments
  • Easy to operate
  • Suitable for almost anyone, including manual wheelchair users
  • Weather-protected controls and switches
  • 750-pound weight capacity
  • Requires less space than a wheelchair ramp

Customized to Your Specific Needs

There is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to accessing your home safely and comfortably. That’s why our MobilityWorks@home technicians are trained to find the wheelchair ramp or lift that fits your home and your needs. Give us a call or contact us today so we can help you stay in the home you love.

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