Finding a wheelchair ramp for your van or home that suits your needs isn’t a one-size-fits-all decision. With so many manufacturers on the market, how do you find the right option? The first step is making sure you have all the necessary information about your chair’s specs. Next, you’ll need look into the exact location — or locations — you’ll be securing your ramp.
Types of Wheelchair Ramps
Here at Ability Center, we carry a wide selection of modular, threshold and portable wheelchair ramps for use in both homes and vehicles. The type of ramp you purchase will depend largely on where, when and how long you’re planning to use it.
Portable wheelchair ramps are exactly that — ramps you can carry with you anywhere that are easily adjustable to the conditions of various environments. They’re easy to fold and store, and most manufacturers make them in a variety of sizes. Best of all, they’re typically more budget-friendly than other options. Some portable ramps can even be placed directly on top of stairs for guaranteed accessibility on-the-go!
Even if you already have a ramp installed in your home and/or workplace, it’s always a good idea to invest in a quality portable ramp to help prepare for any unexpected obstacles as you travel around. It might be a good idea to keep a portable wheelchair ramp in your van at all times, especially if you use multiple cars.
If you’re looking for a ramp for a commercial vehicle, an electric portable wheelchair ramp, like those manufactured by our partner, BraunAbility, might be a good choice for you.
Ability Center offers a wide range of wheelchair vans to fit a variety of needs, and we’re happy to help you find the perfect ramp for you. Feel free to browse our inventory or visit one of our locations.
Threshold ramps are typically made out of either metal or rubber. They’re designed to sit perfectly against the threshold of a door or curb, and are usually between one and six inches tall. The material and height you choose will depend on where exactly you’re looking to place the ramp – for instance, a threshold ramp installed outside of a doorway will be different than one placed on a single step.
If you’re looking for a more permanent solution, such as a wheelchair ramp for your home, a modular ramp is the way to go. Most people choose to install these in their homes, as they’re larger and can be custom-sized to perfectly fit a chosen space.
Modular ramps are also ADA-compliant, so whether you’re placing one in your home or a public space, you can rest assured you’ll be meeting the needs of anyone who stopping by.
What Information Should I Have Before Deciding on a Ramp?
Before you begin shopping for a new ramp, you’ll need to know a few things about your chair and the place you’ll be using your ramp. Here’s a quick checklist you can run through to help prepare!
• What are my chair’s dimensions (height and width)?
• How much does my chair weigh?
Location of the ramp:
• What’s the vertical rise? (How tall?)
• Are there any environmental considerations that will impact my placement? For example:
o If it’s a sidewalk, is the sidewalk curved or uneven?
o If it’s a door, is the door angled? Raised? Divided?
Type of ramp:
• What length of ramp do I need?
• What material would be best suited to my environment?
• Will this ramp be permanent or portable?
• What kind of weather conditions (e.g. rain, snow) might this ramp face?
• How much traction do I need?
When researching ramp manufacturers, make sure you’re crystal clear on exactly what your needs are and what type of ramp will best fit those needs without breaking your budget. If you’re still not sure what ramp is best for you, you can always reach out to our team of highly-trained and friendly Mobility Specialists to explore your options!
Ability Center offers only the highest-quality wheelchair ramps available. Our ramps are built for years of durable use, no matter where or when you’re using them. To learn more about our inventory of wheelchair ramps for vans or homes and speak with an expert to get started on your search for the perfect ramp, visit AbilityCenter.com or visit a location near you.