Types of Wheelchair Ramps

Wheelchair ramps are essential if you have any steps or different levels in your home. This article describes common types of ramps.

Permanent Ramp

You can fit a permanent ramp can anywhere in your home. These are normally made of metal or constructed from wood and cannot be easily removed. They basically become a fixture of your home.

If you or a loved one must use a wheelchair because of a permanent condition, you'll probably evaluate your home and change your home to make it easier to get around. In this case, a permanent ramp might be a helpful solution.

Temporary Ramps

There are also lots of different types of temporary wheelchair ramps. You can remove temporary ramps and even take them with you, if required. You will need to consider temporary ramps if you want a ramp which you can transport with you or a ramp which isn't always fixed in place.

Temporary wheelchair ramps are also ideal if you sometimes have a visitor who has a disability, but you don't always need to use the ramp. Or if you plan to move, you can take the temporary ramp to your new home.

Folding Ramps

Many ramps fold in half along their center. This feature allows you to store the ramp more easily. But folding wheelchair ramps can still be pretty large, so you will need to find space to fit yours.

Suitcase Ramp

A suitcase ramp is a special type of lightweight folding ramp, which has handles so you can carry it easily. This is an ideal type of ramp for anyone who uses a mobility scooter; you can take it with you wherever you go.

Telescopic Ramps

Telescopic ramps are perfect for getting up different heights of step because they can extend in size. If you need to take a ramp in your car, a telescopic ramp offers a good choice. However, it is not as durable as many other types of ramp.

Solid Ramps

A solid ramp is typically made out of metal, which means that it lasts for a very long time. Constructed of aluminum or stainless steel, they won't rust if you leave them outside. Although you can remove these wheelchair ramps, storing them is difficult.