A Philadelphia native, you’ve been in your house for 10-plus years – the kids have graduated college and you’re starting to think about retirement. You’re still active and don’t want to think about what would happen if you can’t climb your stairs, but a nagging voice in your head reminds you it has become difficult to get up and down them lately.

It’s time to start preparing your home for a more mobile life as you age. Here’s what you need to know about preparing your home for future wheelchair lifts in Philadelphia:

Firstly, a residential wheelchair lift comes in two basic types: vertical platform lifts and inclined platform lifts.  A vertical platform lift allows you to stay in your wheelchair while raising you from the ground up so you’re never barred from accessing your entire home. They’re easy to install, affordable, compact, and allow you to keep the same amount of living space as before installation.

They’re usually installed within a hoist-way or shaft-way with access to enough power to operate, but for those who do not have a hoist-way or shaft-way, they can be installed as an “open” system meaning that they feature a platform that is not enclosed. Vertical platform wheelchair lifts in Philadelphia usually incorporate a tower that houses the operating system and mechanics. This shouldn’t take up too much space and your normal home layout should stay relatively the same.

Inclined platforms travel on an angle that follows the path of the barrier, usually your stairs. They can also be installed on support posts on the wall besides the stairs and fold up to keep the lift out of the way when not in use. This keeps your Philadelphia home spacious.

Not sure which one to install? As your Philadelphia elevator experts for over six decades, Pincus will help you find the wheelchair lift solution that’s right for you. Give us a call us at 610-738-4350.

We look forward to hearing from you!