As anyone who utilizes a wheelchair for basic movement needs can tell you, these needs are present in numerous different areas and settings. Those who regularly spend time in places outside their own home will often need some basic assists in areas like staircases and others that are tough on wheelchairs, and for these individuals, few options are better than the portable access ramp.
At Western Stairlifts, we’re happy to offer a huge range of both stationary and portable mobility (access) ramps, platform lifts and related products to those who may require them. Many of our portable EZ-Access ramps are ideal for those who need to be able to get around in many settings — why are these such valuable products for those in wheelchairs and with similar needs? Here’s a basic primer.
Easy to Use in Multiple Ways
Anyone who regularly uses a mobility or access ramp doesn’t want to be constantly disassembling and reassembling them — especially when traveling or moving between different locations. Portable ramps are a perfect solution here, as they can be simply assembled or taken apart with ease.
Not only this, but a simple folding and unfolding access ramp can be used in several different ways, making it simply an amazing item to own. Many of these ramps can be used in different configurations depending on the terrain you’re dealing with and your specific needs. For example, a portable ramp that has been set up completely flat and even could be used (in some cases) as a small walkway or sidewalk extension, while a ramp that has been set up at an incline angle can be used as a way to get from ground level to another surface, such as the top of a car or truck.
Safe for Regular Use
Safety is naturally a top priority for anyone who’s using any type of ramp, so it should come as no surprise that portable access ramps are safe and easy to use for just about anyone. In fact, we at Western Stairlifts firmly believe that this is one reason why these ramps are so popular — many people view them as the ideal option for getting around in various different places, from indoor hallways and other tight spaces to outdoor locations like driveways and stairs.
Durable and Long-Lasting
As long as they’re used properly and maintained well, portable access ramps can be long-lasting, reliable tools. They’re also a great investment for those who live in homes or apartments with multiple levels, as they can serve a variety of purposes and make it easier to get up and down without any assistance needed from friends, family members or even hired help.
Whether you need a simple, lightweight ramp for getting in and out of a car, or a more heavy-duty option for traveling with, there are several great choices on the market. Be sure to do your research to find one that’s right for you and your particular needs — you may be surprised at just how big of a difference it can make in your day-to-day life.
Easy to Set Up and Take Down Anywhere
Portable ramps are beneficial in large part because of their distinct lack of permanence. They can be easily set up and taken down as needed, making them perfect for those who travel frequently or who do not have a designated spot to keep a ramp set up at all times.
This also means that portable ramps are incredibly versatile and can be used in a variety of settings and locations. Whether you need a ramp to get into your home, into a public building or even onto a bus, you can find something that will be the perfect fit.
Compact and Light
You might be worried about lugging around a heavy, awkward ramp when you’re already dealing with a disability, but portable ramps tend to be impressively compact and lightweight. This makes them very easy to store and transport.
For those who may not need a ramp on a daily basis, it’s often easy to simply keep one stored away until needed, or even donate it temporarily to someone in need. When you do need it, you’ll be thankful for its compact design that makes it simple to set up and take down as needed.
Huge Range of Features and Styles
Specific needs and desires will vary greatly between those in the market for a portable access ramp, and this is reflected in the wide range of features and styles that are currently available.
Some ramps have been designed with a particular surface type in mind, while others can be used on multiple surfaces both indoors and out. There are also some great choices if you’re looking for an extra-wide or extra-long ramp to accommodate larger items, or even a pet.
In short, there’s sure to be a portable access ramp out there that’s perfect for you and your needs. It’s simply a matter of finding the right one.
Another great quality of portable access ramps is their affordability. These types of ramps are often cheaper than other options like wheelchair lifts, making them a budget-friendly way to get around and gain access anywhere you need.
So if you’re looking for an easy, practical and long-lasting way to make movement easier, be sure to check out the many different portable ramps currently available on the market. With so many great options to choose from, you’re sure to find something that’s perfect for your needs and will serve you well for years to come.
For more on this, or to learn about any of our access ramps, stair lifts, lift chairs or other quality products, speak to our staff at Western Stairlifts today.