Accessibility is one of the most important things when you are having to deal with a wheelchair. It doesn't matter if your in it for a few weeks or your in it for life, the importance of being able to get around and do things on your own is always on your mind. A lot of people that have been in wheelchairs get around perfectly fine but in other cases people need help by use of wheelchair lifts among other things such as stair lifts, vehicle lifts and dumbwaiters. These items can all be used in the home or business and can also be used for transporting your mobility equipment when need be.
Obviously for the stair lifts the point is for people that have trouble climbing stairs, and this doesn't just have to be for people that are in wheelchairs it can also be used for the elderly. I have a neighbor next door and she is absolutely fine when it comes to walking on flat surfaces, but as soon as it comes to any uphill incline it becomes an uphill battle for her because of the arthritis she has in her back and legs. There is also another item you might be interested in called a elevator or vertical lift, this will allow businesses to meet up with the ADA guidelines and will also create a nice and pleasant welcome to your business for those people will wheelchairs that need to be able to access your place of business.
The vertical lifts are usually just items that businesses will use but I have also seen many residential homes using them as well. Depending on what you want the product for, what size you get and what features you want the lift to have you can then configure how much it will be cost wise. The stair lifts are mainly for households but again, I have seen those used in businesses as well. Some of the included stair lifts and vertical lifts you can find on the market nowadays have been included below just so you can get an idea about some of the options, features and prices!
Stair lifts -
You can usually pick from four types of lifts for the stairs these varieties range from; battery, electrical, heavy duty and outdoor. Ill just give you one prime example which will be the electrical option. The AmeriGlide AC stair lift plugs into the outlet nearest your stairs. Nothing else is required for power, like special wiring or converters. Installation is nearly as simple too, with self-installation time for the average homeowner taking about 3-4 hours. Professional installation is available too. The AmeriGlide AC is built to AmeriGlide's high standards, giving you years of reliable, low-maintenance operation.
Prices range from $1000 to $20,000 depending on what option you want. The business ones seem to be a little more expensive but I think this might be because they are much larger than that of the home ones!
Vertical Lift -
Designed to meet both U.S. and Canadian safety standards, these Residential Vertical Lifts are the premier platform lift for use in your home. It can be installed in nearly any residential situation and gives users who rely on wheelchairs or scooters easy access to their homes. And its smooth operation and convenient controls mean satisfaction for years to come.
Vertical Platform Lift -
This provides a safe, reliable way to lift individuals up and down around your home at a very affordable price. The Stout Junior comes in lift heights from 28" to 72", each with a 550 pound capacity. The unit is pre-assembled at the factory and so it can be installed and be ready to use in a very short time. Features include an expanded metal platform, an automatic folding ramp, keyed constant pressure controls, top and bottom limit switches, and an emergency stop.
One main thing you might want to consider on the site you decide to buy from is if they have some sort of a comparison or query chart which will allow you to choose the options you want and the price you need, the results will then show which lift would be the best one for you. Its also important when buying these lifts that you do your research. Search online, look in different forums online, ask around and see what other people say about so and so lift. The performance and accessibility options are going to be major factors your going to need to think about when choosing a lift for your home (or your business) and since these lifts are moderately to highly priced its important that you find one that you wont only get a lot of use out of, but that is also comfortable for you to use.
If you think you wont like the battery operated one, that's fine, look at some electrical ones. or if you think a price is too high, look some place else. This is going to be something your going to use, so just make sure that you look at all the necessary options beforehand!