Wheelchair lifts are a great way to help people with disabilities, injuries, or the elderly in and out of their homes. They come in many different styles and sizes, but all have one thing in common: they allow for easier mobility. Wheelchair lifts can be installed indoors in a hoistway or outdoors depending on your needs.
Similar to a residential elevator, wheelchair lifts carry people up and down between floors in their home but are made more for practical purposes and can be an affordable alternative to an elevator. Wheelchair lifts are often overlooked in the planning process of home lift installations, even though they are a great option for those with mobility issues.
While a wheelchair lift is more practical they offer very reliable service and are specifically designed to fit most standard wheelchair models. This lift manufactured by Savaria model V-1504 is shown in a hoistway and provides vertical travel up to 12′.
Wheelchair lifts can be ideal for several reasons:
- The weight capacity for this type of lift is usually 750 lbs.
- Provide wheelchair access 2 levels and in some cases 3 levels.
- Standard platform size of 36″ x 48″. Optional platform sizes are available.
- Two drive systems including hydraulic lift and screw drives.
- Usually, savings associated with the construction cost over elevators.
- Easier to service and lower maintenance cost.
- Does not require a machine room.
- Can be installed with a 3″ pit or ramp on the first floor.
- The open-style platform feels spacious.
- Only uses a standard household 110-volt outlet.
- Some models have battery back-up operation in both directions.
Wheelchair lift applications
Wheelchair lifts installed in the interior of homes are also available with factory-made enclosures or can be placed within a hoistway that meets local codes. Most platform lifts are built to meet the ASME A18.1 standard. Wheelchair lifts are so versatile they can even be installed outdoors for year-round accessibility.
Price of a wheelchair lift
The cost of a wheelchair lift will depend on the size and type of lift installed in your home. Wheelchair lifts can cost anywhere from $4000 to over $20,000 depending on what you need. A lift that provides access to a porch or deck with 4-6 feet of vertical travel will usually cost $4000 -$6000 where a lift that needs access to a second floor will cost around $20,000.
Enclosed wheelchair elevators
Wheelchair lifts are available with clear enclosures made from acrylic panels and aluminum frames for open installations.
Outdoor wheelchair lifts
Outdoor wheelchair lifts are available in two main types: enclosed for higher travel distances and unenclosed for lower travel to around 6′. A wheelchair lift for outdoor use can be used in all seasons and should be covered with an awning if possible.