How to Ensure Your Home Lift Will Accommodate a Wheelchair

There is a growing need for housing features that are wheelchair friendly. Homeowners and property developers alike are now increasingly looking to ensure their properties are able to safely and comfortably accommodate people with mobility needs. 

One of the best solutions is the installation of a home lift which can be used to transport a wheelchair between floors of your multi-storey home. Here are some tips to help you ensure your lift is designed to accommodate wheelchairs. 

What to Consider If You or a Family Member Use a Wheelchair

The Door 

Providing a wide, fully automated door is essential for wheelchair users or anyone with reduced mobility. The door needs to be wide enough to allow a wheelchair to enter the cabin with ease. We recommend choosing a lift with an autoslide door, which has been designed to open and close automatically with minimal effort. 

The Cabin 

The size of the cabin determines how comfortable and safe it is for wheelchair users. As a minimum, the cabin must be 800mm wide – the same width as the door – and you may want to consider adding extra depth to allow room for someone to push the wheelchair user. 

Choose the Right Lift Company 

It is important to find a lift company that has experience in this area, as they will know best how to accommodate the needs of a wheelchair user. We recommend choosing a lift company, such as Platinum Elevators, that has a showroom with operational lifts so that you can visit and see in person which lifts suit your individual needs. 

Choosing a Registered NDIS Provider 

Some elevator companies, such as Platinum Elevators, are registered NDIS providers. 

What Is the NDIS? 

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is an Australian government scheme that provides funding to eligible people with disabilities to gain more time with family and friends, greater independence, access to new skills, jobs, or volunteering in their community, and improved quality of life. It also connects those with disabilities to services in their community, such as doctors, community groups, sporting clubs, support groups, libraries and schools.  

What Is an NDIS Provider? 

An NDIS provider is a service provider that is registered and approved by the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission to deliver services funded in NDIS Plans. 

What Are the Benefits of Using Registered Providers? 

One of the main benefits of using a registered NDIS provider is that you know that they meet the NDIS’s quality and safety standards. This means you can start off with greater confidence in their services. Additionally, registered providers can also provide plan management services, which unregistered providers cannot. 

Maintenance Considerations

If the lift is the only form of access to a wheelchair user’s home, it is important to be aware of how to maintain the elevator and ensure that it is always in working order. Platinum Elevators offers remote monitoring services, which takes the hassle out of servicing your elevator when needed. 

Adding a home lift to your property is a great way to provide wheelchair access in your home. At Platinum Elevators, we can help you to make sure your home lift is designed to accommodate a wheelchair and ensure that it meets all quality and safety standards. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you find the perfect lift for your needs.

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