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Vertical Wheelchair Lifts

How fast can you ascend or descend stairs? If an answer pops into your head in a flash, you're likely to hesitate giving one, thinking you've been asked a trick question. But those who find this simple act strenuous and challenging may find the question testing, if not irritating.

Mobility challenged people including senior citizens, who spend much of their day in a wheelchair, have limited access to certain areas. As a consequence, their independence is likewise limited in comparison to their situation prior to finding themselves in a wheelchair.

People who find themselves in such unfortunate circumstances are the primary beneficiaries of special transporters such as wheelchair elevators, wheelchair ramps, and vertical wheelchair lifts. These systems allow the wheelchair bound to negotiate different floor levels without having to get out of their wheelchair.

Powered either by electricity or hydraulics, vertical wheelchair lifts or wheelchair platforms come in various models, including:

  • Enclosed Wheelchair Lift:
    This model has walls completely surrounding the platform or stage so as to enclose the wheelchair and the wheelchair user within a chamber while the stage moves up or down. This type of wheelchair lift is practical for use outdoors where altering weather conditions may compromise safety or comfort.

  • Shaftway:
    This model can be made to fit within pre-existent walls in much the same fashion as standard elevators. This type of wheelchair lift is best suited for public buildings as well as residential structures.

  • Stage:
    The stage wheelchair lift model features an open stage. It is the most commonly used wheelchair lift for negotiating small heights or elevations, like risers, bleachers or vehicles.

  • Opal:
    The opal wheelchair lift is much the same as the enclosed wheelchair lift but with one difference, the Opal wheelchair lift doesn't have a ceiling.

The following conditions demonstrate how wheelchair lifts or platforms may be utilized in various areas:

Confronted with divergent floor levels, it is the vertical stage wheelchair lift which gives the wheelchair bound an optimal solution for entering, move through and exit their homes. Stage lifts allow wheelchair access between a lower level and an elevated section of the house, as in the case of moving between ground level and stepped front or back porches.

While most tall buildings are fitted with standard elevators, many elevators can not accommodate a wheelchair. Often, building administrators choose to complement elevators with wheelchair lifts to address this special need for the wheelchair bound. Wheelchair lifts are especially suitable for old buildings which commonly have tiny areas where ramps can not be used. In this instance, building administrators may favor vertical wheelchair lifts over space taking wheelchair ramps.

Wheelchair lifts are of great importance to wheelchair users that have restricted physical capability. Such devices can improve the quality of life of wheelchair users, by enabling greater access to more activities and facilitating greater independence. Be they installed in homes or public buildings; vertical wheelchair lifts or platforms can effect the wheelchair user's quality of life.

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