Creating Independence for a Handicapped Loved One

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Many questions arise when you think about wheelchair access. One of the first questions clients ask is whether a disabled ramp should be permanent or temporary. In most cases, I recommend installing temporary handicap ramps. This is because the need is usually temporary, especially for home use. Ramps are often built to meet a need for a time span such as when a parent comes to live, a child breaks a leg, or a wheelchair needs easy access to and from the home. All these are temporary situations in which, as soon as the need disappears, life resumes as usual, and the entrance to the house does not have to be in the form of a ramp.

Permanent handicapped ramps

Permanent handicapped ramps are a beautiful addition to any home if needed. If a resident will be living in a home for a long period of time and needs a disabled ramp, it can be designed to blend in harmoniously with the exterior of the home, often using wood or metal as the material to build the ramp. However, once a disabled ramp is installed, you will not be able to lift or move it. This is not with you. This is one of the main reasons people choose to install temporary ramps.

Temporary ramps

The temporary ramps are made of lightweight metals, making them easy to carry from one location to another. Temporary handicap ramps come in two basic models; short or long. The style you choose for your handicapped ramp will depend on your individual needs. Shorter ramps are usually more portable than longer ramps, although longer ramps can often be turned into surprisingly small sections. Also note that the shorter the ramp, the greater the angle between point A and point B. This can be scary when it comes to getting in and out of a car, even with an empty wheelchair. The wheelchair is also more difficult to return to the vehicle due to the steeper incline.

Long handicap ramps

Longer handicap ramps are the most requested type of temporary handicap ramps. They are more expensive than shorter ramps, but the extra seats you can access are well worth it. Even though they fold into small bags to travel with you, they are still very strong and durable. Believe it or not, some of the portable temporary ramps can fold down to the size of a large suitcase and hold over four hundred pounds.

Threshold

Another area in which you might consider temporary disabled access is the threshold in your home. Often these obstacles, which are no more than two to three inches in size, can be a big problem when climbing in a wheelchair. For such situations, it is recommended to purchase small temporary handicap ramps or threshold ramps, depending on the size of the threshold.

Whatever the needs of your life or someone you love, a rampe handicapé product is available to address the mobility challenges in your life. Small temporary wheelchair ramps make showering easier. It is much easier to roll up to the top shelf of the shower sill and then sit in a bath chair than to lift it up a few inches and then up. Help your loved one by finding ways to make it easier to access and make mobility a pleasure again.

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