Keystone Mobility has been providing accessibility solutions for Pennsylvania residents for many years. From home care patient lifts to grab bars, these accessibility product in the home can make for a safe and comfortable environment. One of the biggest challenges that wheelchair users and those using mobility scooters face are accessing their home and other places in the community that require an easy transition for their wheelchair or scooter to overcome obstacles. A wheelchair ramp comes in many shapes and styles and there are many solutions available to meet the needs of each unique wheelchair user’s environment.
When choosing a wheelchair ramp, people often ignore some minor but very important details. Given that the main purpose of the wheelchair ramp is to ease movement, the issue of how its length affects movement in different heights should be considered. The main goal here is to reduce the slope to enhance easy movement and user’s safety.
The manufacturers that we work with are PVI Ramps, National Ramp and American Access and they recommend the length of the ramp to be one foot for every inch rise in height. However, this standard does not apply in all circumstances given that there are different types of wheelchairs and scooters for different uses. For instance, if a wheelchair manually propelled, a one foot for one-inch ramp will be too steep. Here is a standard guide to different types of wheelchair ramps and their most recommended use.
Threshold ramps are designed to allow easy wheelchair or scooter navigation through doorways and landings. The threshold ramp can also be used in uneven but not very steep areas in the house. The ramps should be lightweight and easily portable to avoid accidents. Threshold ramps are of different materials such as rubber and aluminum and their most recommended size is 6” to 24.”
Given that they are not easy to install or move, modular ramps are designed to be used in an area for a long period. They are semi-permanent structures that can be installed where a permanent ramp construction is not an option. Most modular ramps have handrails and are usually installed on decks and porches of different lengths. Most modular ramps are made of aluminum, and their most recommended size is 12” of length for every 1” of rise.
The folding ramps are designed for easy wheelchair navigation through low heights. Folding ramps have the same use with the threshold ramps only that they can be folded for easy portability. For safety purposes, the ramp weighs around 52lbs and can handle a capacity of 600lbs. The standard size for this type of ramp is 60” to 144.”
Suitcase or Single Fold Wheelchair Ramps
The suitcase ramp is a portable, aluminum made, equipment for easy wheelchair mobility. The ramp is designed for a single fold to ensure ease of use and users safety. Suitcase ramp allows wheelchairs to access houses and cars with ease. For safety purposes, the ramp is designed to handle a load capacity 575 pounds when unfolded. The recommended length for this type of ramp to suit both the motorized and the manually operated wheelchairs is 24” to 72.”
Track Wheelchair Ramps
Track Ramps are portable equipment that allows easy wheelchair accessibility to a house or a car. They are designed for a two wheels wheelchair whereby each wheel is expected to run on its track. Track wheels are a bit disadvantageous given that they cannot be used with a three wheeled wheelchair or scooter. The ramps can also be hard to use in an uneven terrain given the difficulty in aligning the wheels to their track.
Track ramps are aluminum made and have a weight capacity of 600 pounds. They can be used for both power, and manual wheelchairs and their most recommended size is 24” to 144.”
As you can see there are various types and styles of ramps and it is very important for you to choose the most appropriate wheelchair ramp for unique situation. Keystone Mobility has access to these many styles of ramps and our staff is well qualified to help in selecting the most appropriate product for you or your care givers. We are located in Hummelstown but work with customers all over central Pennsylvania including Dauphin, Lancaster, York, Harrisburg, Cumberland and surrounding areas. There may also be some funding or financing options available as well to help you obtain a wheelchair ramp. Contact our staff today, we would love for you to come by our store or visit your home for an evaluation.