We love ramps. Ramps are in our blood and in our company’s name, EZ Mobility Solutions/Mobility Solutions. But we’re all about products that help provide mobility freedom for our clients in Virginia, North Carolina, West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and Maryland, so we also recognize the benefits of vertical platform lifts. For people who have trouble getting up and down the stairs and rely on a wheelchair to provide them with the mobility they need, wheelchair lifts are a great way to overcome these challenges. Vertical platform lifts (VPLs) are also great for garages or small spaces.
There are multiple different lifts you can choose for your home, so how do you know which the best one to pick is? Our experts at EZ Mobility Solutions/Mobility Solutions can help you decide, of course, but if you are curious, here are some factors to consider.
First of all, consider the height you need to be able to travel. US Medical Supplies deems this factor the most important to consider and suggests using 4.5 feet as a cut-off point for a basic lift. If your height obstructions are less than 4.5 feet, a basic vertical lift could be all you need. You could even select a portable vertical lift that might also do the trick. And, if you have multiple staircases you need to find a way up, you can roll the lift to a new location if it is light enough. If you need a lift to get you up greater heights, you will most likely need a more advanced lift. There are lifts that can go up to 14 feet!
You also want to consider what you need your lift to be able to do. This will help you choose between a residential lift or a portable one. And, of course, you need to think about the size and weight of the wheelchair you will be putting on the lift. If you have an extra wide wheelchair you may need an extra wide lift. Also, you need to consider your weight and your mobility device’s weight. You want to make sure that your lift can handle it. We don’t want your lift to break down half the way up, do we?
If you are looking a lift that can do up to 6 feet in height and has a 750 lb. weight capacity, we love the Passport VPL. No, it won’t take you to other countries and exotic destinations like traditional passports allow for, but it certainly is enticing in its own way. Regaining access to all levels of your home can be as simple as rolling onto the Passport Residential Vertical Platform Lift and pushing a button! It is a powerful lift with a smooth ride that can safely transport you and your mobility device. It also comes in a 36” or 38” wide model so you won’t feel cramped. Best of all, it is the most affordable model on the market, which means anyone can afford to get one installed in their home. The Passport VPL is the lightest on the market, weighing less than 400 pounds. The lift is easily installed by our Mobility Specialist at EZ Mobility Solutions. We can even add a key fob, safety rail or weather guard it for you. Look at all the possibilities! Accessibility at your fingertips! Who needs a passport that can take you to other countries when you can have a passport like this?
If you think you need a lift, contact us at EZ Mobility Solutions/Mobility Solutions. We’d be happy to come out and perform our FREE Home Accessibility Evaluation and give you our expert opinion on what would be best suited for you and your loved ones!