Many people with mobility issues use a scooter or wheelchair to navigate their homes and retain their independence both inside and outside the home. While mobility scooters and wheel chairs are a tremendous help, they can be difficult to move from room to room if there are thresholds between the rooms. In addition, taking a mobility scooter or wheelchair out of the house can be virtually impossible if there are any stairs involved. Fortunately, for situations like this, there are a variety of mobility ramps to make using your wheelchair or mobility scooter even easier.
Types of Mobility Ramps
There are several types of mobility ramps available. One or several may be necessary to maximize your access. Consider your lifestyle and all the places you want to go when thinking about which type of mobility ramp is best for you.
As the name suggests, channel ramps provided a guided channel for the wheels of a mobility scooter or wheelchair. They’re light and portable, but also sturdy. Depending on your lifestyle and intended use, features to look for include folding ramps, telescoping ramps, or a combination of both. Also take into consideration any weight limits as well as the weight of the ramps themselves. By bringing channel ramps with you, you increase your ability to access buildings outside your home.
Threshold ramps are easily installed over an existing threshold. They’re permanently fixed to the floor and provide a smooth surface to roll over, rather than getting stuck on a bump crated by a raised threshold. Outdoors, threshold rams can be used to extend out of a building and connect seamlessly to the entry threshold. If slipping is a concern, look for rubber threshold ramps to maximize safety.
Non-Folding Wheelchair Ramps
These shorter length ramps are ideal for lower rises such as uneven areas in the ground or single steps. They’re incredibly lightweight, yet strong enough to be rated for a 300kg capacity. Even better, the “rest-on” connection makes them quick and easy to set-up and take down. Carrying handles are mounted on the side, which makes them easy to take with you.
What to Look for When Buying a Mobility Ramp
In addition to thinking about your lifestyle and where you want to go with your mobility scooter or wheelchair, there are other features to consider.
· Weight – if you’re buying a portable ramp, it should be easy to carry and take with you.
· Telescopic – depending on the size of the gap, ramps may need to be shorter or longer. Telescoping ramps make it easy to adjust for any situation.
· Maximum weight – particularly in the case of bariatric care, be sure the combined weight of you and your mobility scooter of wheelchair is less than the recommended weight limits.
· Folding – some ramps can be quite long and difficult to transport. Look for ramps that fold to make this easier.
· Handles – most ramps come with some sort of handle. Be sure it’s easy to grip and comfortable.
Including mobility ramps as part of your lifestyle makes it easier to retain independence when using a wheelchair or mobility scooter.