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Aging in Place  /  December 29, 2021

Winnipeg Home Repairs: What Is A Portable Wheelchair Ramp?

what is portable wheelchair ramp

It’s difficult when a once active senior shows signs of slowing down. An aging loved one living alone can be worrisome. You want to help them retain their independence, but safety is paramount. A few easy home repairs for seniors can bring peace of mind. Portable wheelchair ramps for hazardous entryways can be a huge help. Ramps aren’t exclusively for wheelchairs; they can benefit anyone unsteady on their feet. Due to varying shapes and sizes, an online search for ramps can end in confusion. Is a portable wheelchair ramp a good fit for your family? This article will cover the differences between the main types of portable wheelchair ramps.

Truly Portable Ramps

Lightweight and easily moved, these ramps are ideal for an entry with minor grading. They offer an excellent temporary solution, like while recovering from an injury. Since these are so small, they also come with a small price tag.

  • Threshold ramps are wedge-style ramps that resemble doormats with a bit of extra height on one side. These compact ramps are helpful when a large ramp isn’t necessary. Install one in front of a door with a single step. Place two back-to-back to form a bridge over a door jam to prevent tripping.
  • Suitcase ramps can be folded and carried like a suitcase. Easy portability makes them ideal for travel or a temporary fix. They typically come in single or trifold options, covering anywhere from one to four steps. It’s important to note that these don’t have handrails. They’re best when someone is available to help keep the user steady. Suitcase ramps may cost a little more than threshold ramps but are still relatively inexpensive.

Semi-Permanent Ramps

Semi-permanent ramps are much larger and more expensive than their more portable cousins. Their substantial size, and complicated assembly, typically lock them in one location. However, Handyman Connection can disassemble and move these to a new site if needed. A moveable ramp is a practical purchase if the homeowner may eventually relocate. Contact professional repair services in Winnipeg for installation to assure the safety of your loved ones.

  • Solid ramps are one long piece of weather-resistant material. These ramps may reach 10 feet in length. They fit over small staircases and lay directly on top of the stairs. Many models include handrails and nonslip coating. These added features are perfect for seniors who prefer to move without assistance. Handyman Connection can install solid surface ramps for permanent or temporary use.
  • Modular ramps are multiple pieces assembled to fit the specifications of your home. They are ideal for steeper grades or stairwells that don’t have a landing. Because they come in multiple sections, modular ramps are entirely customizable. Builders can personalize these ramps to almost any dimension. Some can even stretch to 60 feet in length! Handrails are included along with weather-resistant, nonslip materials so safety is key. Platforms are available for an effortless transition to a landing or doorway. This is the only option that doesn’t require stairs to be completely covered. Modular ramps can be built adjacent to an existing stairway. This would accommodate family members who need the ramp and those who don’t. Alternatively, stairs can be completely removed to make way for a modular ramp. Handyman Connection’s installation team can help determine the best choice for your family.

Seniors may be able to remain in their homes and stay safe. Installing a portable wheelchair ramp can offer ease of mobility and peace of mind. Small or large, portable ramps are available to fit any budget. Contact Handyman Connection today to discuss your options. We’ll provide outstanding customer service and care to you and your loved ones. We can handle the hard work, while the seniors in your life can enjoy their golden years.

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