Did you know that 15% of all Australians currently live with a physical disability of some kind? Or that many of these people experience mobility issues or are wheelchair-bound?
As mobility decreases with disability or age, wheelchair access is something that most people inevitably face.
If you or a loved one is facing this right now, you will no doubt consider modifications to your home. Adding a wheelchair platform lift is the most common addition people make when looking to increase the accessibility in the home.
Here’s what you need to think about before committing to having one installed.
Should I stay, or should I go?
A common enough question that pops up when someone realises they need to make permanent changes to their home is whether they should stay where they currently live or find another home that is more suitable.
The answer to this depends on a couple of factors. Firstly, will a platform lift alone be enough to make life easier for you or your disabled family member, or will you need a range of modifications? If it becomes too costly, then you might be best finding a home more suitable to your needs and installing a platform lift there. It’s about weighing up the cost of moving versus the cost of upgrading your current home.
You also need to think about the neighbourhood you currently live in. Are you ideally located for access to friends, family and your workplace? Moving for the sake of mobility purposes is important, but it doesn’t mean that you should have to move far away from your loved ones!
What will I need to adjust?
Any area of your home containing stairs, threshold barriers, outdoor decks and other areas where there are varying levels will need modification. In some cases, a simple ramp might be sufficient. However, in areas that are too high for a ramp, you will need a platform lift, stair lift or enclosed lift. These can be installed inside or outside your home and most will not require major changes to the existing structure. Not only can these be used by those with wheelchairs and scooters, but it’s also great for those using walking aids, parents with prams, or lifting heavy things into the house.
I’m ready to install one. What next?
When picking a company to design and install your disabled platform lift, look for one that will show you what they do, how it will adhere to your building’s standards and codes (working with your building’s existing walls and power sources) and include all costs and charges in a single accurate quote.
This is something that Easy Living Platform Lifts offer. We advise on selecting the best model for your specific needs, deliver your lift quickly and conveniently and, as a registered and accredited NDIS provider, assist with home modification and personal mobility equipment support.
We also make it simple and easy to make claims and payments.
Contact us today, phone on 07 3851 7550 or visit your nearest showroom to discuss your mobility needs.