Ramps Vs. Vertical Lifts: Which Is the Safer Option for Seniors?

As homeowners age and mobility becomes an issue, ageing in place may be difficult. Navigating the home with mobility aids, such as walkers and scooters, is often daunting when stairs are present. Senior homeowners have several choices to make living independently easier, such as ramps and vertical lifts, but they may want to understand the pros and cons of each and which makes for the safest choice. 

Ramp Construction 

Building ramps to allow seniors the option of ageing in place, especially for those whose main mobility source is a wheelchair or scooter. While ramps can be placed at almost any entry and exit of a home, contractors must build them according to the individual specs of a home, and the slope built in such a way that makes them easy to use. 

Ramps built for home use must also conform to a certain ratio for safety. Generally, the ramp’s rise must match its length. Uncovered ramps can present a serious safety hazard, especially in snowy, wet or icy conditions. While contractors can provide senior customers with traction coverings, this usually adds to the cost of ramp construction. 

Vertical Lift Construction 

Seniors who want to enjoy ageing in place and remain in their homes may benefit from the construction of vertical lifts. These mechanized platforms have side railings and protective gates on either end, allowing them to safeguard an individual in a wheelchair or with a mobility device, such as a walker. A vertical lift can assist seniors while getting into large vehicles or give them another option for mobility other than a ramp or a set of stairs. 

Seniors who want to retain their independence may want to consider having vertical lifts installed so they can enter and exit their homes safely. Not only are these lifts safer when compared to traditional ramps, but contractors can customize each according to a user’s individual needs.