Home Access Ramps
Home Access Ramps
At Metro Med in Tucson, AZ
If you live with limited mobility, you may need to turn to a walker, cane, scooter, or wheelchair for assistance. Whether your mobility is limited due to a disability, an injury, arthritis, or you’re recovering from surgery, it can be difficult to get around without the assistance of a mobility aid. Once you’re using one of these devices, you’ll likely need a more accessible way to get around your home as well. A home access ramp can be an excellent solution.
You probably have quite a few questions, like where to start, what length ramp you need, what the installation process is like, and so on. We’ve gathered up some of the most common home access ramp FAQs below. If you have questions or you’d like to start browsing options, visit us at Metro Med in Tucson, Arizona today! We also proudly serve Casas Adobes and Oro Valley.
Where Do I Start?
When you start shopping, you’ll have a few different style options to choose from. Portable or folding ramps come in a wide range of lengths. You can use this type of home access ramp on thresholds, on porch steps, or over small staircases. This option is lightweight, easy to store, secure, and affordable. The best part? A folding ramp doesn’t require any installation because you simply set it down where you need it, then fold it up when it’s not in use.
Another home access ramp to consider is the modular style. These ramps tend to be made of aluminum, which makes them lightweight without compromising strength. Additionally, modular ramps can be customized for any type of home and can be quickly installed by a professional. Plus, they’re ADA compliant and won’t be permanently attached to your home, so you won’t need to worry about an inspection.
Last but not least, threshold ramps provide access through doorways and other entrances that are up to 4” high. This option will give you a smooth transition between rooms, so stability is never going to be an issue. This ramp is highly versatile, which is great for users who need assistance getting in and out of the house as well as moving between rooms.
What Length Do I Need?
Keep in mind, the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) suggest that you choose a ramp with a 1:12 ratio. This means that you should have 12” of ramp for every inch of rise for optimal safety without being too steep. Be sure to check the ADA recommendation for your mobility device. This will help you determine the maximum degree of incline that it can be used on.
How Long Does Installation Take?
Fortunately, it does not take long at all for a home access ramp to be installed. Whether you choose a portable or a permanent option, it’ll only take a couple days after you receive the product to schedule an installation date. Before you know it, you’ll have a safe and convenient way to move around your home with your mobility aid!