Passenger Lifts

Disabled lifts

There are many people in the world today that suffer from some form of disability that requires the use of a wheelchair or scooter, or that simply cannot climb stairs or even walk with ease, and these people are no less important than anybody else. It should go without saying that these people have just as much right to having freedom of movement as everybody else. From residential buildings with disabled tenants to public transport, coffee shops, stores and other public conveniences that most people take for granted, the sad truth is that many disabled people are left out in the cold with no way in. Incorporating lifts for disabled persons into a home or business premises is just one important step to ensuring that nobody is left without the means to gain entry to your premises or to move around inside.

Types of Disabled Lift

There are many different types of disabled lifts available and each serves a specific purpose and provides a specific kind of access. Internal and external vertical platform lifts can provide disabled access to multiple floors where room is available for installation and small-rise step lifts can provide a solution for small flights of stairs in large rooms with multiple levels. Usually step lifts are incorporated into the staircase itself, providing quick and autonomous access whilst leaving room for the general public to still use the stairs. Stair risers are usually fold-away lifts that can provide disabled access in multi-storey buildings without installation of a separate lift shaft and machinery. The stair riser is basically a platform attached to a rail running the entire length of the stairs and can be operated with ease by the disabled person, folding neatly against the wall when not in use. This type of lift is most common in residential buildings.

Other Things to Consider

The type of lift to install in your premises should not be the only concern. While installing a disabled lift into your property is a great first step toward equal access, this may not be enough in all cases to truly providing disabled access. Other things to consider include the width of doorways and walkways, ease of manoeuvrability for wheelchairs inside the building and disabled toilet facilities. In a store for example, the aisles may be spaced closely together in order to fit more stock into a limited space, but this won't help a wheelchair user as they may not be able to navigate the store to buy anything. Toilets too are often overlooked, and traditional toilet facilities will most likely be impossible to use for physically disabled people.

Providing disabled access to your building whether it is residential or commercial is a great way to show your support for the disabled community and, although the initial cost may prove quite expensive, the customisations and installation of specialised equipment must only be done once. The long-term benefits of disabled access to your property if taken care of properly will vastly outweigh any expenditure.

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