If you need help navigating stairs, you have options. Two options that are commonly compared are outdoor stairlifts and ramps. Both have their advantages and disadvantages, but sometimes one option is better than the other, depending on the person. Here’s what you should consider before choosing one or the other.
Number of Stairs
If you need a way to safely get from one level to another, a ramp may be your best option. That’s because a ramp will gradually incline, allowing you to navigate the one step safely. If you need a way to get up and down a full flight of stairs, such as from your garden to your deck, you may want to consider an outdoor stairlift. That’s because a ramp will not be able to incline safely enough for a wheelchair user to reach their destination. A stairlift will allow the wheelchair user to simply get on and lift up.
Type of Ailment
The severity of your mobility issues will factor into your decision between a ramp and an outdoor stairlift. If you are wheelchair-bound, a ramp can be a great solution. If you’re recovering from a knee problem and have a hard time navigating stairs, then a stairlift may be the best option. Listen to your body and see how it responds to walking. Your body will help you determine which one is the best option for your situation.
Frequency of Use
How often will you need to go up and down the stairs outside? If you use your outdoor stairs occasionally when there’s help around, you may not need anything at all. If you or a loved one frequently uses the outdoor stairs and wants to do so independently, a stairlift can be a great solution. If you use the outdoor steps a lot and have someone who can regularly push your wheelchair, a ramp can be a great addition to your home.
There are certain requirements for a ramp and an outdoor stairlift to be installed. If you have a small yard with limited open space, it can be difficult to install an ADA-compliant ramp. If your stairs don’t have a railing, it can be difficult to install an outdoor stairlift. An aging in place specialist will be able to assess your yard and determine which one is the best fit for your yard and home.
Get Help From the Experts
The certified Assistive Technology Professionals and Certified Aging-in-Place Specialists at Freedom Mobility Solutions can help you choose the right equipment for your home. With our selection of ramps and outdoor stairlifts, we guarantee that you’ll find home accessibility equipment that you or your loved one will benefit from. Get started today by clicking here to request a consultation.