Regain your freedom while reducing the dependence on your loved ones. With a lift from Vancouver Island Medical Supply, stairs are no longer a barrier. Your garden, and indeed the world, will be accessible once again.
“I’m no longer housebound. It allowed me to regain my independence and freedom. Now I can go to senior centres, concerts, and church independently.” C.B.
Many clients find that a porch lift is the best accessibility solution. These lifts require limited space and can often be used independently by a most people with limited mobility. The most common lifts are 45 to 52 inches high, although taller lifts are also available.
Before selecting a porch lift, it is advisable to ask a Vancouver Island Medical Supply Ltd. installer to check out the home first and determine that a porch lift will be suitable. The installer should be asked the following questions:
Where would you recommend installing a porch lift? (Although most users install the lift at a pre-existing door, some users end up installing patio doors somewhere else in the house to accomodate a lift.)
What configuration is needed (e.g. left vs. right tower, straight through vs. 90 degree turn)
How high a lift do I need?
What type of prep work will I need to do before installing a porch lift? Typically this will include getting a base ready and having some electrical work done.
What type of base do I need under the lift? If a concrete pad is required, this may need to be done in the spring or summer.
It is also a good idea to ask about various types of lifts to find the one best suited for your needs. The following questions cans help you choose the best lift:
What safety features are available on this lift?
What type of drive mechanism is used in this lift (e.g. ACME screw or cable)
How well does this lift work in cold/wet weather?
What ongoing preventative maintenance do you recommend for this lift?