Wheelchair users and people with restricted mobility may greatly benefit from having a wheelchair lift installed in their home. Home lifts, also referred to as domestic lifts, through-floor lifts, or vertical lifts, can be installed in any downstairs room where the lift can travel vertically through an aperture in the ceiling to the room above.
When a wheel chair lift is not in use, it can be "parked" at either ground or the upper level, which allows for maximum living space on each floor. The integrated fire seal is effective when the lift is parked at the upper floor.
A domestic through-floor lift is not suitable for use with a carrier or for any standing users. In these circumstances, an enclosed platform lift is required for safety and function.
For these platform lifts, multi-purpose seats can be installed as an optional extra with platform lifts and there may be a powered-door option available for greater independence. A fixed internal ramp provides a gentle incline for easy wheelchair access.
The free standing design offered by a home-installed lift does not require a load bearing wall, which allows a wider choice for locating the lift.
The unit arrives flat packed for ease of transport and entry into the home. Then, the lift is assembled and installed by professional inside your house.
It is important for the user to be fully trained on the operation of the wheel chair lift. If for any reason the power should fail, emergency back-up systems operate the door, light and alarm and lower the lift to the ground floor.
All vertical lifts should come with a phone point included. Safety edges and sensors will stop the lift if touched or obstructed.
This article was written by Christian Dunnage of dolphinlifts.co.uk.
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