Portable Ramp

Differences between modular and portable wheelchair ramps

When there are so many different types of Wheelchair Ramps on the market, it is good to be informed before making your final decision on which type best suits your specific needs. A Handicap or Wheelchair ramp can be a vital asset to your home, business, school, church or office. It can make the difference on whether or not you, your loved one, or clients can even enter the front door. Ramps not only offer access to those using wheelchairs or power scooters, but make it safer for anyone with any type of mobility issue including those using a walker, knee scooter, crutches, a cane, pushing a stroller, or those who simply are unable to navigate stairs or steps. A common question seems to be about the difference between modular and portable ramps.

Modular Wheelchair Ramp

Modular Wheelchair Ramps

  • Crafted in modular sections at the factory to meet all ADA standards and codes
  • Offers quick installation by factory-trained crew
  • Available in attractive materials: natural wood, heavy duty steel, and maintenance-free aluminum depending on anticipated traffic, design and budget
  • Aluminum and Steel offer textured or mesh non skid flooring
  • Can be used for temporary or long term use
  • Can be installed without damaging your existing structure
  • Offers safe welcome access to those with any type of mobility challenge
  • Can be relocated or modified if needed by moving or adding sections
  • Often available to be rented
  • Can be removed and sold when no longer needed

Portable Ramp

Portable Wheelchair Ramps

  • Can be used for special occasions (weddings, graduations, house guests…)
  • Excellent solution for short term use  such as anticipated short recovery period
  • Foldable ramps for  vans
  • Specialty ramps like to go over rough thresholds
  • Ramps on wheels which can be moved around (great to access stages, platforms, altars…)

 

Ask for a free consultation from an experienced accessibility professional to evaluate your space and needs to help determine whether a modular or portable Wheelchair Ramp will be the best solution for you, your loved one, your church, school, or business. A Wheelchair Ramp is one of the most critical ways to offer safe, independent access.

Residential Vertical Platform Wheelchair Lift

Options for home access with limited landing spaces

If your home has stairs or changes in elevation that are impossible for you or your loved one to navigate any longer, there are some great solutions available. Even if you have limited landing space, there are still options to grant access to those stairs or raised levels. Stairlifts or Vertical Platform Lifts (also known as Wheelchair Elevators) are worth looking into to grant access for any type of mobility issue.

Stairlifts and Vertical Platform Lifts are both available for interior or exterior use. That means that whether you are in a wheelchair, use a power scooter, a walker, cane or are unable to navigate stairs due to injury, health or growing older, you can still use all parts of your home. One of these amazing solutions may even keep you from moving from the multi-level home you love.

Stairlift

Stairlifts

  • Take up very little room with a rail system installed along existing stairs
  • The attractive supportive chair folds up out of the way when not in use
  • Available in models for indoor and outdoor use
  • Can be fit for use on curved, straight, spiral and multi-landing staircases
  • Have a second power source in case of an outage
  • Offer a safe, smooth, easy lift up and down existing stairs
  • The low-profile rails and the comfortable chair are available in choice of colors
  • There is a platform model which can carry a wheelchair in use up and down the rail system
  • Some models are available to rent

Vertical Platform Lift

Vertical Platform Lifts

  • Take up a small amount of floor space
  • Self-standing mini Elevators that lift a person, wheelchair or scooter straight up and down
  • Available in models for interior or exterior use
  • Great for raised decks, second floors, lower basements, apartments…
  • Choose from open or enclosed platform lifts
  • Safe, reliable lifts to encourage independent access and movement to upper and lower levels
  • Great solution for home, office, church, and business use
  • Offers access for those in wheelchairs, scooters, using walkers, canes, or for anyone who cannot safely navigate stairs.

 

Contact your accessibility professional for a no-obligation consultation to help you see how we can make your home, office, church or business accessible on all levels.

stairlift rentals

Should I rent or purchase a stairlift?

StairliftsWhen looking for a stairlift to grant access to upper and lower levels in your home, people often ask if they should purchase or rent a stairlift. The answer depends on your particular situation, duration of need, and of course, the stairs in your home. A stairlift consists of a rail system, carriage unit and chair that transports the user safely up and down existing stairs. It is an affordable way for you or a loved one to be able to access all areas of your home when the stairs cannot be safely navigated.

Almost any type of stairs can be custom fit with a stairlift—straight, curved, spiral, multi-landing, exterior and interior. However not every type of staircase can be rented. If you have one straight single run of 10-14 steps, you may be able to rent a stairlift. However, curved, spiral and staircases with turns or multi-landings need very customized fittings for the rail system. Most of the time, straight staircases are the type which can be rented. Check with your accessibility professional to set up a free consultation to evaluate and measure in your home. They can determine if rental is an option. There are times you can rent to own, rent for the duration of recovery, or for a house guest.

Make sure to use a reputable brand like Harmar, Bruno and Handicare. All three of those manufacturers are highly rated and exceed all safety and ADA standards. They stand behind the modular designed parts which make up the stairlift system. Make sure the stairlift you purchase or rent meets these requirements:

  • A backup source of power to ensure operation in case of an outage
  • A seat belt for the chair
  • A lock to keep children from playing on the stairlift
  • The weight capacity should meet your individual needs
  • A swivel seat that locks in place at the top and bottom of the stairs for easy seating.
  • An overload detector and governor to regulate speed
  • Ask about a maintenance plan to cover any repairs

Some companies have a minimum rental period of about 3-4 months to cover cost of installation. Ask about a buy-back program if you sell your home or no longer need the stairlift. The value of gaining the independence and safety of going up and down stairs is a big consideration when thinking about buying or renting a stairlift for indoors or outdoors in your home. Sometimes it means the difference in staying in the multi-level home you love and feel comfortable in.

Aluminum Ramp

Should I rent or purchase a wheelchair ramp?

Aluminum Ramp

If you are wondering if you should purchase or rent a wheelchair ramp, a simple rule of thumb is if you think you will need the ramp for six months or less, consider renting. It is even possible to rent a wheelchair ramp for one day for special occasions such as weddings, graduations or for a houseguest. Wheelchair Ramps can be permanent or temporary, depending on the needs of your home, business, church or school.

AccessNSM offers National Ramps which are highly-rated, quality-crafted handicap wheelchair ramps which are available in different materials including wood, steel and aluminum. If you rent, that will be taken into consideration. One of our accessibility professionals can offer a free consultation to help you decide which material. We can measure and configure ramps which will custom fit your particular area and need. Since our ramps are crafted at the factory and modular in design so they can be quickly installed and used immediately. If your rental ramp turns into a longer-term need, we can use it to apply to purchase.

Rental options are perfect for:

  • Short-term rehabilitation (after surgery, stroke, etc)
  • Hospice or end-of-life situations
  • Rental properties
  • Houseguest with disabilities
  • Special Events
  • Residential and Commercial Installations

Whether you purchase or rent a ramp, our ramps are attractive, safe and meet all ADA standards and codes. AccessNSM has beautiful and affordable warm natural wood ramps, portable ramps, Heavy duty powder-coated steel ramps and lifetime maintenance–free Aluminum ramps with mesh flooring. All our ramps are skid resistant, with highest safety ratings and quickly installed by an experienced team.

Make your home, school, church, business or any public place more welcoming and accessible to those with any kind of mobility challenge- whether they are using a wheelchair, power scooter, walker, knee scooter, or simply aging and unable to navigate the stairs or any changes in elevation.

AccessNSM Holiday Specials

Stairlifts – the Perfect Gift of Safety and Independence

Stairlifts

Give the perfect gift of safety and independence this holiday with a professionally installed stairlift. When your loved one can no longer manage the stairs in your home and feels confined to the lower part of your home, you can give them complete access to any upper level. For someone who is mobility challenged, this could be the greatest gift you could give them. A stairlift can grant them a safe way to independently go up and down any stairs in your home whether it is indoors or outside.

A stairlift consists of a rail system which is professionally installed along the top edge of the stairs (on either the wall or railing side). The rail is attractive yet low profile since it is available in colors to blend with your décor. The comfortable supportive chair is carried up and down the rail system on a carriage unit. At the touch of a button, the stairlift smoothly transports the user with ease to the next level and back. The seat comes in a variety of colors and fabrics, and can be inconspicuously and easily folded up out of the way when not in use. A back up power source is built in for those rare occasions there is a power outage.

There is also a stairlift rental program available if you want to make sure your home offers full access to visitors over the holidays. Perhaps your loved one is in a wheelchair. Explore the possibility of a platform for the user to simply wheel on and lock in place. The platform lifts the wheelchair-in-use up and down the rail to grant access to other levels.

AccessNSM Holiday Specials

Ask about our Super Holiday Special on stairlifts which can be quickly installed by our trained crew. One of our accessibility professionals is ready to offer a free in-home evaluation. Give your loved one a stairlift for the holidays because it offers:

  • Independent access up any stairs—indoors or outside.
  • Custom fit for curved, straight or spiral staircases.
  • An attractive solution for inaccessible stairs to multi-leveled areas
  • A safe, easy way to travel up and down stairs which have become impossible to navigate
  • Access to basements, raised decks, lower level garages, upper stories, raised entries…

Outdoor Stairlift

Give the gift that will help your loved one stay in the home they love, give them complete independent access to all levels and help them to fully enjoy your home. Contact us at AccessNSM to help you give the gift they can truly use.