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There's No Need to Leave Home in the Case of Poor Mobility

Having to alter your lifestyle to accommodate for the reduced mobility of yourself or a loved one can be stressful and confusing, especially when you have to decide whether to alter an existing home, or to sell and move to a new home where access is easier or already provided. To some Australians, having to cope with reduced mobility means that the only option is to move into a retirement home or assisted care facility. Being able to remain at home can make all the difference during a trying time, and many people generally prefer this option for a number of reasons:

  • The local area is familiar and the neighbourhood is comfortable
  • A lot of time has been put into the home over the years, whether through regular upkeep or modern renovations
  • It is a family home where children have grown up and lived
  • The home signifies independence and pride of ownership
  • You or your loved one just aren’t ready to move yet

Often the cost of moving can be substantial enough to drive people away from the idea, especially after stamp duty, real estate agent fees, moving costs and other incidentals are included. Making alterations to a home to provide easier access is not only beneficial at the present time, but is a great future-proofing idea that will ensure everyone in the house is able to benefit in the years to come.

Altering your home to increase mobility and access

For you or a loved one to be able to move around a home easily, a number of alterations may need to be made, especially if the house contains stairs, threshold barriers or multiple levels. You may wish to enlist the help of an access specialist who will visit the home and advise as to what changes need to be made. Some companies offer free quotes and other information services in order to assess placement of products and the building standards they need to comply with.

Ramps

A simple ramp can make small sets of stairs or thresholds easier to overcome, especially for those who use wheelchairs or walkers.

Open platform lifts

These lifts are designed to enable access to decks, mezzanines, higher thresholds, or access ways that are too high for a ramp. Able to accommodate people in wheelchairs or those with walkers or prams, a platform lift can be a viable alternative to moving as it provides easy access to a home. Lifts can be installed inside or in outdoor settings. They have simple operating features, have minimal visual obstruction and may not require changes to any existing structure.

Stair lifts

For flights of stairs (indoor or outdoor), a stair lift may be installed. This is essentially a chair that travels up the side of a flight of stairs. They are safe and easy to operate and great for those with reduced mobility, users of mobility aids, or the elderly.

Enclosed lifts

An enclosed lift is a modern, safe and practical way to travel higher distances than a platform lift – for example to another level, floor or mezzanine area. Working in the same way a platform lift operates, anyone can benefit from the ease of access that an enclosed lift provides, especially those in wheelchairs or motorised scooters, or people with walking aids, pushchairs or who have reduced mobility.

Choosing the best company for the job

It’s important that the company you choose is an access specialist that is able to take care of the whole project while remaining professional and adhering to building standards and codes. With Pandect distributors, after a no obligation quotation service, our trained technicians work quickly and efficiently to install your solutions and are always on hand to answer questions or provide after-sales backup and support.

Pandect lifts are design registered in Australia and met the requirements of the Australian building codes. Many people take advantage of the customisation service offered, and their products blend seamlessly into the décor of their home or make an elegant, modern statement. As well as looking great, Pandect lifts do not need to be installed in a pit or against a load bearing wall, so they are able to be placed almost anywhere. Plugged into a common household power point, these lifts typically use the same amount of  electricity as  a standard light bulb.

We’re ready to help

No matter where you are, there will be a Pandect product distributor and a trained technician near you. Having reduced mobility, using a wheelchair, or the use of a walking aid doesn’t mean you have to leave the home you love. Are you ready to get started? Contact us today with any questions or for a free consultation.

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Steven hails from sales & project manager roles in the lift industry - specialising in lifts for small commercial buildings and private homes.  During this time, he saw a growing market for disabled access to public buildings as well as seeing people having trouble accessing their own homes. After seeing the enjoyment received in the outcomes that low rise platform lifts...

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