Handicapped lifts are used when you need to lift or raise a wheelchair from the ground up to 25 feet in the air, normally used for placing a chair into a vehicle. Ramps are generally used for entrance and exit of homes, buildings or the community and take up more space.
Lift Systems include portable wheelchair lifts, platform lifts, portable stage lifts, stair lifts and other lifts.
When looking for a lift, be sure it is right for your application. Will it work for your manual wheelchair, scooter or power chair, do you have the right size hitch and of course what is your budget?
Portable Wheelchair Lifts
These are the perfect solution when needing a safe multi purpose, vertical lift for handicap accessible individuals. For use with buildings, airplanes, trains, boats, stages, bleachers or anywhere permanent handicapped lifts are not likely to work well.
Outside Wheelchair Vehicle Lifts
These lifts mount to the outside of your vehicle using the vehicle hitch. Once you have installed the carrier, you can lower it and drive your manual wheelchair or scooter onto the lift. You can then raise it by hand (manual) or by power. Because your wheelchair or scooter will be exposed to the elements you will want to protect it with a cover.
Something else to consider is that you will be adding weight to your vehicle, be sure that the hitch size is heavy duty enough to handle the weight of the chair as well as the lift.
Inside Wheelchair Vehicle Lifts
A majority of handicapped lifts are mounted inside the vehicle and most use a boom arm that rotates from the inside to the outside where you then attach the chair and lift it inside. There are a few that are mounted on the hitch of your vehicle and bring your scooter or wheelchair inside the vehicle if you have the room. This is the best method to protect it from the weather.
Vertical lifts are required when you need to make your home or business wheelchair accessible, ADA compliant and want to accommodate your guests easy access to your events or functions. The codes and requirements for commercial handicapped lifts are continually under revision by authorities at all levels. Even home installations require following ADA guidelines, and it is best to check with a professional that understands the laws.
When deciding if a vertical lift is right for you, consult an experienced installer and make sure it fits your needs and space prior to purchase. Don't be caught spending money on something that will not suit your needs.
Stair lifts can be made for indoor or outdoor, residential or commercial use. These are seats on a rail that transport an individual from one level to another. They are electric or battery powered, and can have a seat belt, obstruction sensors and a safety brake on the carriage. If you live alone a battery powered chair lift is essential if the power goes out, you can still be independent in your own home.
These handicapped lifts make it easier to get from the main level of the home to the upstairs or downstairs. Most often they are installed in homes and churches. With the stair lift the user is generally able to walk, however, stairs can be too strenuous due to heart or joint problems.
New or reconditioned handicapped lifts for stairs are available for purchase. Some companies are looking to purchase your no longer used handicapped lift, will recondition it and make it available for resale.
Find the perfect Stair Lift for yourself or a loved one. Stair Lifts are perfect for seniors and others who find it difficult to travel up and down stairs. Check out the new and used AmeriGlide or Pinnacle Stair Lifts at US Medical Supplies.
In addition to the bath or shower chair and transfer bench there are now handicapped lifts for the bathtub. They are a one piece unit you can place in your tub so that you can safely and easily care for your loved one. No more fear of slipping or falling and you can once again enjoy the luxury of a warm bath. The accessories of a swivel seat, reclining back, waterproof control, with suction cup feet and side supports make bathing a pleasure instead of a chore.
What Is ADA Compliance?
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute designed to ensure equal access to opportunities and benefits for qualified individuals with disabilities. The act seeks to remove barriers preventing qualified people with disabilities from enjoying the same programs and employment opportunities, independent living and economic self-sufficiency enjoyed by those without disabilities.
New legislation often results from the discrepancy between legislation and its interpretation in the courts. The ADA is now more comprehensive and clearer about who and what is covered than previous legislation.
An individual with a disability under the ADA is a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities or has a record of such an impairment (has had a disability in the past) or is regarded as having such an impairment (is not actually disabled but is stigmatized that way, e.g., has a facial disfigurement) or is related to or associated with a person with a disability.
The Act has five titles:
Title I: Employment
Covers the employment relationship including access to the recruitment and interview process.
Title II: Public Services
Covers public services (including state and local government) and transportation, and prohibits discrimination in programs established by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act which only covered public entities receiving federal financial assistance.
Title III: Public Accomodations
Requires that places of public accommodation (such as hospitals) and commercial facilities (such as restaurants) be accessible to people with disabilities.
Title IV: Telecommunications
Provides for telecommunications relay services for hearing and speech-impaired individuals including closed captioning.
Title V: Miscellaneous
Includes provisions on accessibility standards, enforcement, attorney's fees, insurance issues, and individuals not considered disabled.
To summarize the ADA monitors involvement of Title I with employment, Title II with program accessibility, Title III ensuring accessibility of public and commercial facilities, and Title IV in the telecommunications access network.
As you can see the handicapped lifts are just one part of ADA compliance whether in the home, church or public. There is a wide array of lifts to meet your specific need from portable lifts for airports to inside wheelchair lifts for your vehicle. Research your options to find the right solution for you.