The term “accessibility equipment” is meant to include a wide range of products designed to remove access barriers for those with mobility challenges related to disabilities and age. Trouble spots often include stairs, house entrances, steep inclines or ramps, vehicle access points and other public areas. Equipment can be both cost effective and space efficient for homeowners whose architectural layouts are constrained due to space or budgetary concerns. Recommendations often include:
Elevators. They’re a space-efficient solution and can add value to a property.
Inclined platform lifts. Usually installed to ride along a guide rail, platform lifts can be modified for straight or curved staircases. They can be installed both indoors and outdoors.
Stairway chairlifts. Typically the more affordable solution for navigating stairways along a track or rail, chairlifts can also be mounted to an existing staircase.
Vertical platform lifts. They’re a space-efficient method when ramps or traditional elevators aren’t practical.
The Accessibility Equipment Manufacturer’s Association (AEMA) works to encourage all commercial installation companies to participate in the Certified Accessibility and Private Residence Lift Technician training program provided by the National Association of Elevator Contractors (NAEC). Ask a prospective contractor if they participate in the program before letting them install accessibility equipment in your home.
When assessing a potential contractor for accessibility equipment installation, try to decipher if the company representative seems attentive and patient with understanding your specific needs. Ask about the variety of available options to get a sense of their industry experience.