3 Considerations for choosing a Wheelchair Ramp

Person sitting on wheelchairMost people have trouble buying a wheelchair ramp because they do not know enough about them. Ascent Mobility says that they must be safe and durable enough for the needs of the disabled.

Here are three considerations to make when choosing a wheelchair ramp:

1. Traction

Whether riding by yourself or have someone pushing the wheelchair for you, proper traction is necessary for adequate footing and wheelchair braking. In that case, it is great to have aluminum tracks as they have non-slip grooved surfaces that sustain traction even in heavy rains. On the other hand, you can use a wooden ramp but it has to be properly cleaned to prevent debris from accumulating. They can also become slippery due to rains so you must be cautious. Alternatively, you can have it fitted with a non-slip surface to sustain traction.

2. Inclement Weather

Depending on your area, your wheelchair ramp may get a lot of exposure to rain and humidity, heavy snow and ice, and salty air. That means you should buy a ramp that can withstand environmental elements in your area. If this occurs, magnesium chloride is a simple and affordable solution.

3. Modular vs Portable

Do you have a friend or relative who comes to your house often and requires a ramp to your house? Chances are you do not need a ramp that is permanently in place as you will only be needing it once in a while. Instead, buy portable lightweight ramps. They are foldable, making them easy to store and move around.

When purchasing a wheelchair ramp, keep the weight capacity in mind. Exceeding its weight capacity may lead to accidents and ramp failures that may compromise your safety. While deciding on the weight, remember to add the weight of an extra person pushing the wheelchair.