Vertical Platform Lifts (VPLs) and Inclined Platform Lifts (IPLs) help people with mobility challenges reach the top of their steps. Both types can be added in commercial or residential locations. As one article points out , both can be cost-effective and space-saving solutions compared to ramps. However, there are some key differences between VPLs and IPLs that will determine what works best for you.
About half of wheelchair users must use stairs to enter and exit their homes, so Vertical Platform Lifts (VPLs) are crucial for those peoples' mobility. Our certified Aging-in-Place specialists conduct a detailed assessment to determine which VPL is right for your needs. Let's take a look at the pitfalls so we make sure you avoid them when choosing the best device for you.
1. In which entrance of the house should the VPL be installed?
The first thing to consider is which entrance of your house the VPL will be installed. Do you have more space in your driveway than in the space behind your house? Does the side door entrance suit the height of a VPL better than the back door entrance? Please consult a local specialist for answers to these questions by having a home assessment.
2. Is there space for a patio at the top of the lift?
Usually when you install a Vertical Platform Lift you need to build a patio in order to accommodate the the seamless movement of your wheelchair and scooter into your home from the lift. You need to know permitting regulations of your township. Please consult a local specialist for answers to these questions by having a home assessment.
3. How do I finance my VPL installation?
There are various options you can consider when you consider financing your stair glide installation. Some are:
- State wavers
- Community organizations
- Funding organizations
- Bank financing
Please consult a local specialist for answers to these questions by having a home assessment.
See how a VPL is installed in our video!