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Defeating the Slippery Slope

Posted on: October 23rd, 2012 by LAMedicalBlogger

While many people will never have to worry about needing an accessibility ramp, there are others that will come to depend on them to gain access to their home as they age or in the wake of an accident or medical condition that impairs their mobility. But you can’t just build or buy a ramp and use it any way that you want to. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has certain guidelines that must be met for all public ramps, but they are also great recommendations to make home access rampseasier and safer for both the disabled and their caregiver.

An access ramp for your home can make entering and exiting your home much more convenient.

The most important point of the ADA guidelines is the slope of the ramp. Slope is measured in a ratio, such as 1:16, where the first number, “1,” is the rise of the ramp, and the second number, “16,” is the run, or length of the ramp. ADA guidelines suggest a ramp with a slope between 1:16 and 1:20, as a 1:12 ramp is too steep for many people. While homeowners aren’t held to these standards when using a ramp, if you have the extra space available there’s no reason not to take advantage of it. There are other guidelines such as handrails and edge protectors that can be found here. 

While LA Medical doesn’t provide the services for building access ramps, we do offer portable ramps that can be used in a variety of situations to make access easier. Our Trifold Ramp from EZ-Access can be used to get a mobility scooter or wheelchair into the back of a van or SUV, as well as to help someone using one of those devices access a family member’s home that does not have a ramp. We also carry threshold ramps in varying heights for those smaller obstacles in getting into your home.

Contact us today or browse our online catalog for portable ramps and other accessibility options from LA Medical!

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