Home Lifts For Easy Access

Home Lifts For Easy Access

Want A Through-Floor Home Lift?The home lift, which provides access for people between two floors in your home can also sometimes be called a home elevator or residential lift.

Providing easy access so that people can use their whole house, they are especially important for people like the elderly and those with a disability. It helps them to easily move from one floor to another.

A home elevator can also be used for transferring heavy things, or a larger quantity of smaller things that might be difficult to carry. There are several types of lifts that can be used at home. It may depend on your needs and the space requirements.

A home lift is ideal for houses that do not have enough space for the construction of a ramp. It is also cheaper than a commercial elevator. Building a home elevator does not require planning permission, but they should still include the safety systems like those elevators used in offices or commercial buildings.

There are other several types of lifts that can be used at home. These include the vertical platform lift, inclined platform lift and stair-chair lift. A vertical platform lift is a device installed with platforms that move up and down vertically. It is also called a through-floor lift sometimes. They are mostly seen in churches, schools and offices, but they are also used at home.  Why not call us to find out what would be suitable for you? Our freephone number is 0800 007 5050. Speak to our friendly team today.

wheelchair platform liftAnother type is the inclined platform lift, which is almost the same as the vertical platform lift. The only difference is, it doesn’t go up and down vertically, and instead it follows the stairway track, which is inclined. This is the reason that they are also called stair lifts. They are specially designed for people who have difficulty using stairs like those in wheelchairs; that is why sometimes, they are also called wheelchair lifts.

The other type is the stair-chair lift or stairlift and is almost the same as an inclined platform lift, but this time, it consists of a simple seat. It’s a home lift that uses less space and people who use wheelchairs will just need to transfer from the wheelchair to the mounted seat. Using this lift may require help from another person though, depending on the users capabilities.  

In using a home elevator, whether a wheelchair lift or through-floor lifts, safety should always be considered. There are several recommended safety features that a lift must have. These include an interlock mechanism on doors and gates, a manual system in case of a power outage or a mechanical malfunction, sensors that prevent the lift or elevator platform from crushing objects that may be underneath it, a backup system, safety gates at locations where there is a drop-off when the lift or elevator platform is at a different level, handrails on platforms, proper lighting and an emergency telephone or other on-device communication system.

Home Lifts Prices

Through Floor Lifts are often installed to accommodate a wheelchair user, and to facilitate their movement between the floors of their home. Typically requiring some degree of building works the lifts we recommend are all DDA compliant and are guaranteed to be installed by time served craftsmen, who specialise in disabled lifts and adaptations. Prices start at around £8500 and are bespoke to the property they are installed in.  Contact us to find out more, to receive a brochure or to get a quote arranged.

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by Dr. Neil Stirling MBChB