It’s not a simple job to choose, build or install a wheelchair ramp in your home. There are many factors to consider as you determine how to make your home secure once your mobility is compromised. How are you going to decide what things you’ll need to make it easier for you to move around? There are a few other questions to answer, such as the following:
- Isthe individual who will use a wheelchair, a walker,or a cane fully immobile or just struggling with steps?
It’s important to know the actual condition of the person the wheelchair ramp is going to be built for. That way, you can make it work in such a way it can be used with any apparatus the person uses to move around.
- Is the individual using power or manual wheelchair?
Manual and power wheelchairs don’t work in the same way. As such, the wheelchair ramp should be built or installed specifically to match their requirements. Try to take a look at different types of Grand Rapids wheelchair ramps to have an idea about it.
- Is there a caregiver who will always be helping the individual?
If there’s a caregiver who will assist the immobile individual, you have to take his or her safety into consideration as well. Caregivers will most likely be walking around so the steps should not be too stiff for them and there should be proper grips as well. Their safety should also be your concern.
- How many steps are there at your front door?
The steps towards your front door will affect the inclination of the wheelchair ramp. The more steps there are the longer and more inclined the wheelchair ramp will be. Plan this with a wheelchair ramp construction expert in case you intend to do these things on your own.
Are there tripping hazards to think about?
Tripping hazards should be handled properly as they pose a risk for the immobile individual and the person who is assisting him or her. Take care of all of these tripping hazards so they won’t contribute more to the risks that the immobile person is already exposed to. Keep in mind that hazards should be addressed right away to prevent further injuries.
Is the deck, patio, or porch hard to access?
If you have parts in your home that is hard to access by an immobile person, find out what you can do to change that. Needless to say, all of the parts of your home that are difficult to access should have a wheelchair ramp. Ask an expert on how you can possibly make those hard-to-reach areas more accessible to an immobile member of the family.
Is the condition temporary or permanent?
Knowing if the person’s immobility is permanent or temporary has a big influence on the type of wheelchair ramp that you’ll install. If it’s permanent, then you can install concrete ramps. If it’s temporary, there are other options available to you as well. Making the right choice is crucial.