Overcoming Residential Access Challenges with Low-Rise Platform Lifts

8th Nov 12

For the elderly, persons with reduced mobility or those using manual wheelchairs, large power chairs or walking frames, certain residential buildings can pose challenges to access. Stairs, ramps, decks, mezzanine levels and split levels can prevent the freedom of movement throughout a home - but a low rise platform lift can provide complete accessibility. 

Low rise platform lifts are already used in thousands of locations throughout Australia and New Zealand, providing many people with reduced mobility access into and within residential homes and commercial buildings.  If you think a low rise platform lift may be of use to yourself or someone you know, please read on for more information. 

What is a low rise platform lift? 

A low rise platform lift is a powered device designed to raise a wheelchair and its occupant, or an individual in order to overcome a step or similar vertical barrier. 

Where in my home or building can I install a low rise platform lift? 

They are versatile enough to use in a variety of indoor or outdoor environments - providing deck or verandah access, internal garage access, split and mezzanine level access, and threshold access from a path or driveway. 

Who can use low rise platform lifts? 

Low rise platform lifts are suitable for many people including the eldery, any person with reduced mobility, carers to persons with reduced mobility, and any persons using manual wheelchairs, large power chairs and walking frames. 

How do I know if I might need a low rise platform lift? 

If you or someone you know is faced with reduced access in or out of a residence, or within a home or building, a low rise platform lift could allow for freedom of access and movement. Where stairs, ramps, or narrow spaces may pose a barrier to those with reduced mobility or those using manual wheelchairs, large power chairs, a low rise platform lift can provide a safe and effective solution. 

What are the benefits of having a low rise platform lift in my home? 

Low rise platform lifts are safe, simple and cost-effective solution for anyone who is faced with residential access challenges. Where steps, ramps or a lack of space may pose a challenge to access, low rise platform lifts provide an answer. 

Are low rise platform lifts easy to install? 

Yes - but installation must be undertaken by a qualified contractor or technician to ensure the lift and surrounding environment is appropriate and safe for the lift to operate in.

You will find a number of low rise platform lift types available that can be customised to blend in with, and cooperate with the surrounding building. In some cases, adjustments may be required to paths, surrounding building work, doorways, and electrical wiring. 

Pandect's distributors in Australia can provide a range of mobility solutions including a selection of platform lifts. To find out more about which solution may be right for you, please don't hesitate to get in contact with us.

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Ian has over 30 years experience in the service sector within Australia, New Zealand and Europe. He has gained a wealth of national and international knowledge throughout this time specialising in quality operational and service delivery both in the private and public sectors. For the last 6 years he has owned and operated Vestner, a New Zealand company specialising in the...

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