There are different types of escalators that are available for individuals who are wheelchair bound. These include vertical lifts, step lifts, and stair lifts. Each type offer advantages for individuals who are wheelchair bound to help increase mobility and ease of movement.
Lifts are manufactured and distributed by a variety of specialty manufacturers who specialize in durable medical equipment for disabled, handicap and wheelchair bound individuals.
Vertical Lift: Vertical lifts are not as commonly used as other types of escalators. This is because vertical lifts require a lot of space in order to operate properly. A vertical lift may be found in homes where they were incorporated as part of the space plan for the home. For a home that has the space that permits its installation, a vertical wheelchair lift is the best option to have.
A vertical wheelchair lift is a small elevator that allows an individual who uses a wheelchair to easily navigate between floors in a multi-level home. The vertical lift that you will find installed in a home are by no means as large as those found in commercial or retail facilities like office buildings or shopping malls. Most vertical lifts for the wheelchair bound have open fronts
Step Lift: Step lifts are a smaller version of a vertical wheelchair lift that raises the wheelchair several feet in the air. The step lift is designed for outdoor use where an individual has to be lifted from the home’s steps to the front or back door. It is designed specifically for exterior or outdoor use and is a commonly used type of wheelchair lift.
Stair Lift: Stair lifts are a piece of durable medical equipment that is installed in many homes. A stair lift is operated by a pulley and chain mechanism that help the wheelchair bound individual up and down the stairs. The systems are installed by professional installers and designed to gradually guide the individual up and down the stairs with as much comfort and ease of use as possible. What’s more, most stair lifts are designed to accommodate the shape of the stairs, so bends and curves in the wall usually do not pose an issue for the operation of the stair lift.