For those who use mobility chairs, a folding wheelchair ramp can make more of the world accessible.
Ideal for frequent travelers or residential renters, these portable ramps are light and easy to transport, making it possible to navigate curbs, thresholds, porches and other difficult-to-access areas. Folding ramps also can be used to enter and exit vans that are equipped to carry mobility chairs.
With these ramps, there is little set-up time and they can be quickly removed and stored when they are no longer needed.
If you are considering purchasing a folding ramp, identify how you will use your ramp, as well as the size you require.
For instance, do you have a relatively small wheelchair and need a relatively short ramp to help you bridge a curb, doorway or step? Or do you have a large power chair and require the ability to traverse three or four steps or access a van?
Before you buy or rent any type of ramp, determine the exact length you'll need. You’ll first need to measure the rise, which is the height from the ground to where the top if the ramp will rest. The ADA recommends a 1:12 slope. For ADA ramp requirements, click here: Wheelchair Ramp Specifications
Also, take into account the weight, durability and ease of transport for your portable ramp. Look for the safety features, such as non-skid surfaces and a safety curb for roll-off prevention.
Then, select the folding style and ramp that suits your needs.
For more information on on ramp types, click here: Mobility Ramps.
Published by Jules Sowder
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