Mobility ramps can make previously inaccessible areas both inside and outside the home accessible to wheelchair users. Designed for all types of wheelchairs, power chairs and scooters, ramps can be interior or exterior, permanent or portable. There is a wide variety of options from which to choose based on your specific needs.
The following information provides a summary of the type of wheelchair and scooter ramps
available for purchase from mobility suppliers. Click on any of the images for specific product information. You will also find links below to construction parameters if you prefer building your own ramp rather than purchasing one.
Decide whether you need a permanent ramp or prefer to have a temporary ramp that offers greater flexibility.
If you’re building a permanent ramp, check whether you need a building permit. In some cases you will be asked to submit a plan to make sure the ramp conforms to the building code. For information on building your own ramp, click here: DIY Wheelchair Ramp Construction.
you choose to have a permanent or temporary ramp, make sure it is constructed with weatherproof material that won’t rust, peel, or fade in the sun.
The ramp should have all safety features that match guidelines established by the American Disabilities Act (ADA). You will find this information by clicking here : ADA Ramp Specifications.
In addition to meeting appropriate slope and width requirements, your ramp will need safety features including a nonslip surface and sturdy leg supports and handrails.
Of course, mobility ramps should be sturdy enough to withstand daily use and wide enough to accommodate wheelchairs comfortably.
Make sure the rise of the ramp is appropriate for you. The usual ratio is 1:12, or for every one inch of rise, there are 12 inches of horizontal run. But a more gradual 1:20 ratio is more comfortable for some.
A common problem with interior ramps is making them too short and steep. Make sure the ramp is built at a comfortable rise, one that suits your age and conditioning.
If the ramp is next to a wall, you can have a handrail installed to help you pull yourself up the incline.
Portable Rampscome in all varieties, depending on your need. For accessing vans, look into multi-fold ramps, telescopic track ramps, and roll-up ramps.
Threshold ramps allow wheelchairs to cross thresholds easily.Suitcase and roll-up ramps, which are the most portable, help you up curbs and short steps.
For an article covering important wheelchair ramp safety tips, visit: ramp safety. Additional information on ramps types can be found by clicking here or by visiting on one of the related article links below.
Buying Tips for Portable Wheelchair Ramps
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Suitcase Wheelchair Ramps
Scooter Ramps - Safety Tips
Types of Wheelchair Access Ramps
Advantages of Portable Ramps
Folding Wheelchair Ramps
ADA Wheelchair Ramp Specifications
How to Build a Wheelchair Ramp
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