Residential DDA Lifts
In residential buildings DDA lifts can allow elderly or disabled persons to stay in their multi-storey home even when they can no longer move unaided between floors. Lifts can easily be fitted to most staircases that provide a mobile chair or a platform for a wheelchair that will not take up much space or require a specialised lift shaft, simply converting an existing staircase to be disability friendly. Staircase-mounted wheelchair platforms are also often known as stair risers.
For a more comprehensive solution, full-featured platform elevators can be fitted to allow easy and quick movement between multiple floors. Platform lifts are available with no dependence on an external machine room, allowing the entire lift solution to be self-contained within the lift shaft. Modern platform lifts are also usually very quiet and smooth to operate, allowing regular and frequent use without disturbing other residents.
Commercial DDA Lifts
Many of the same types of lifts found in residential buildings can be installed in commercial ones too. However, the demand placed on most commercial elevators is such that they must be far more robust and designed to take a lot of wear and tear. Therefore commercial vertical platform lifts, stair risers and other access lifts are usually more expensive than the residential equivalent. The most important thing to check for when purchasing a commercial DDA lift installation is that it does in fact comply with DDA regulations. Making sure of this before you buy can save you from the unfortunate situation (and unnecessary expense) of discovering later on that you need to replace a lift to meet
Due to the nature of commercial environments, you may find that the floor layout requires use of additional platform lifts or slopes to provide navigation across multiple level surfaces on a single floor of the building. In addition to these, you will also need to make sure that any pathways and aisles are wide enough to allow for wheelchair users in the first place, which could in some circumstances mean extra refurbishment too.
Vehicle DDA Lifts
A multitude of scissor and tail lifts are available that provide easy access to vehicles for disabled persons. These can be seen most commonly on some taxi cabs and on ambulances as a rear-access platform that lifts a passenger in their wheelchair to the correct height for entering via a rear door. Platform lifts are also available for side entry vans and minibuses and can make it much easier to transport disabled passengers.
DDA compliant vehicle lifts are available from a wide number of manufacturers in the UK and abroad, so shopping around could turn up a great deal on a new or used model.
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