How do I know what I need?
The best way to handle this question is to speak with a professional and have them perform an in-home evaluation or a consultation over the phone.
The next best thing to do is ask yourself some basic questions such as: how many people will be using the ramp, do I have extra space if needed, will this wheelchair ramp be used for other medical devices and is there a better accessibility alternative? For example a wheelchair ramp may not be necessary if your mobility needs can be better addressed with a stairlift. You may need a ramp for outside, but have little space to work with causing you to plan around that. These questions can not only help you decide if you need a wheelchair ramp, but also expedite the evaluation process.
What is considered a “safe” wheelchair ramp?
The Americans with Disabilities Act or ADA defines a wheelchair ramp as “a walking surface that has a running slope steeper than 1:20”. Basically, for every 1 inch of elevation there must be 1 foot of ramp. However the ADA also limits ramps to have a steepness no more 1:12. Residential homes are not necessarily required to be ADA compliant. It’s still crucial to follow the guidelines since they ensure people with limited mobility can safely access other areas. The guidelines go over everything from the handrails of the ramp to the material being used to build it. If you are interested in learning more about the guidelines visit the ADA website here.
When choosing to purchase a ramp, make sure that the ramp is as ADA compliant as it can be. A ramp within ADA guidelines is a safe ramp that can get you where you need to go.
Who should Install my Ramp?
Trained technicians that have the proper equipment and knowledge to install ramps following ADA guidelines. Here at Patriot Mobility we have trained technicians that can install ADA compliant ramps within a day. We provide a free in-home evaluation or over the phone consultation at no cost. It is imperative to have your ramp installed properly for your peace of mind when going in and out of your home. While we aren’t the only wheelchair ramp provider available, we are the one that can find the best solution that fits your needs. Visit our wheelchair ramp page for the types of ramps we sell here.