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.

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.

mobility ramps

Wheelchair Ramps are Not Only for Wheelchairs

Wheelchair and scooter ramps

When you think of Wheelchair Ramps, you automatically think of them for wheelchair use. However, ramps are a critical safety apparatus for multiple users in your home, church, school or business. A ramp is much safer and easier to use than stairs for anyone with any type of mobility issue. Think of the various people and equipment which may need to access your steps or change in elevation. A safe even slope is much better to navigate than steps are. A ramp greatly reduces fall risks when compared to steps. Ramps are relatively inexpensive and come in a variety of materials, depending on your application and the amount of traffic it needs to carry. There are appealing Ramps designed for interior or exterior use. Consider how welcome and helpful a Ramp (instead of steps) would be for these users:

 

  • Anyone using a Rollator or Walker of any type.
  • A young family pushing an infant stroller and trying to help a toddler at the same time.
  • Someone using crutches due to a foot or leg injury.
  • An elderly person (even without the assistance of a walker) who is already a high fall risk.
  • A person recovering from hip, foot or knee surgery using a knee scooter.
  • A shopper going in or out the door while bags obscure their vision and offset their balance.
  • Someone who is weak from illness or chemo treatments.
  • One who suffers from vertigo or poor balance.
  • A busy toddler who runs ahead of parents.
  • When weather conditions make stairs unsafe.
  • An expectant mother whose balance is not in peak performance.
  • Any type of delivery that requires carrying boxes by hand or a handtruck.
  • Those who are on oxygen or have breathing issues which leaves them easily winded.
  • Anyone weak from heart problems or other health challenges who cannot safely navigate steps.

Wheelchair Ramp

The useful ways mobility ramps are used is endless. It’s true that there are hundreds of thousands in America who use manual or power wheelchairs, as well as power scooters, who depend on ramps to access homes, churches, businesses, clinics, parks, malls, offices. Yet when you really think about it, millions of other people need ramps for various reasons, as well.

home modifications for disabilities

Home Modifications for the Disabled

home modifications for disabilities

There may need to be some changes made in your present home to accommodate the use of a wheelchair. Often a few simple changes can make life so much easier and allows the disabled person using the wheelchair to be as independent as possible. These modifications can be as simple as installing grab bars in the bathroom or as detailed as building an attached apartment for the person in the
wheelchair or possibly for their caregiver. These modifications could be temporary if the patient is expected to regain strength and use of legs, or the changes to your home may need to be more permanent to provide long-term accessibility for someone with more permanent disabilities. Here a few possible Home modifications to consider when planning for a child, adult or aging person who uses a wheelchair to move around:

  • Install lever faucet handles which can be easily reached to flip on/off instead of turning a knob on/off by twisting.
  • Put in grab bars to help with safe movement in the bath and by the toilet. Grab bars can even be installed to assist in getting out of bed.
  • Use automatic door openers so the person in a wheelchair can use controls to open doors. These automatic openers can be used for interior and exterior doors, as well as gates.
  • In some cases, doorways need to be widened for easier passage through with a wheelchair. You can place a threshold ramp over a rough or bumpy threshold to make for smooth passage.
  • Wheelchair ramps are one of the most common modifications where there is a change in elevation. They are available in various materials, for residential and commercial use and allow easy entrance and exit.
  • Increase lighting and remove throw rugs to reduce falls.
  • Consider putting in a security system to protect and to be able to call for help if needed.
  • Where existing stairs make certain areas inaccessible to the person in a wheelchair, you can install a stairlift, an inclined platform lift or a Vertical Platform Lift which is also referred to as a Wheelchair elevator.
  • Kitchen counters can be lowered for easier access for the person in a wheelchair or a Jazzy Air Chair can be used that raises and lowers the person in the actual wheelchair.
  • Walk-in tubs, and transfer benches and lifts can all be considered to make bath time easier and safer.

When considering home modifications to make life more accessible for a disabled person in a wheelchair, remember aging and some diseases are progressive. So plan modifications remembering that what they can do today might not be a capability 5-10 years from now. It is helpful to have an Occupational Therapist or an accessibility professional evaluate your home for your particular needs. There are a lot of changes that will make life so much easier in your own home.

 

Wheelchair ramps for homes

Differences in Wood, Steel and Aluminum Wheelchair Ramps

Wheelchair ramps, often referred to as Handicap Ramps, are one of the most universal ways to provide easy access to homes, schools, public places and businesses. People who use a mobility device such as a power or manual wheelchair or power scooter or even walkers will tell you what a welcome sight ramps are any time there are changes in elevation. In 2016, it was estimated over 2.2 million Americans depending on wheelchairs for mobility. Another 6.5 used canes, walkers or crutches to get around. There is a great need for wheelchair ramps in every arena of life. There are models for every situation.

Since each location is unique, the design and measurements will be individualized. Let one of AccessNSM’s professionals measure and design the layout so it meets all ADA standards. They are knowledgeable in knowing how much space is needed for turns and the safe degree of angels. We carry National Ramp Wheelchair Ramps. Next you can decide which material to craft your ramp from.

Wooden Wheelchair Ramp Installation

Wooden Wheelchair Ramps

  • The most economical investment up front
  • Great choice for private residences or small apartments or businesses
  • Pressure treated to endure weather
  • Warm natural look which can be painted or stained to match any style
  • Wood deck spacing to allow proper drainage

Steel Wheelchair Ramp

Steel Wheelchair Ramps

  • Attractive, heavy duty powder coated steel has a three year warranty
  • Textured flooring protects from slip and falls and allows for immediate drainage
  • Due to its modular design, it can be quickly put into any configuration for your property
  • The unique cone mounted rail guards offer extra strength and durability
  • Since it holds up to 800lbs, it is a good choice for residential, public or commercial use

Aluminum Wheelchair Ramp Installation Garden City NY

Aluminum Wheelchair Ramps

  • Lifetime warranty and 100% maintenance free
  • The only aluminum open mesh on the market. Offers amazing drainage
  • Maximum traction for best safety feature
  • Powder coated color options to complement style
  • 800lb capacity makes it an excellent choice for commercial use

All of our Wheelchair Ramps are American made in modular sections making them the strongest safest and most durable ramps. The modular design makes them quick to install. AccessNSM has a team of professionals to measure, design and install a ramp in your home or business to provide welcome access for wheelchair or scooter users. The local branch near you has an accessibility professional close by to consult with you at no obligation to help you choose whether you want a wood, steel or aluminum wheelchair ramp.