As we age, the stairs inside and outside of our homes can become challenging. Sometimes we may even need a wheelchair to get around. Stair lifts and ramps can help overcome the obstacles that stairs present to people with limited mobility. With these home additions we can help ourselves and our aging loved ones keep our independence when climbing stairs becomes physically unrealistic.
A stair lift is a motorized chair that travels along a rail that is attached to the staircase in a home. It is a great home addition for people who have multi-level homes but can no longer climb stairs.
In fact, in these types of situations, a chair lift can be the difference between a senior being able to continue living at their own home and needing to move into an assisted living facility.
Ramps for the elderly are another home addition that saves people with limited mobility from having to climb stairs. Ramps are flat angled surfaces that create a continuous, smooth platform from one point to another.
Ramps are usually installed for wheel-chair bound people or those who use walkers. A common type of ramp is known as the threshold ramp, these are put outside of the entrance of the home or other doorway.
There are a few things you will probably want to consider if you are thinking about installing ramps for stairs for elderly people. Estimating how much weight that the ramp will need to hold is a good starting point. Since the ramp will be outside, it is a good idea to think about the type of weather conditions that the ramp will be exposed to. This can help you make an educated decision about the material you would like the ramp to be.
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