As we work with our clients we see many accessibility modifications that were made by contractors or other companies that just don’t meet ADA requirements. Some of these installations and modifications are unfortunately unusable for the client and result in even more headache and inaccessibility than before they were installed. Working with an accessibility provider who understands both ADA requirements and the practical, everyday needs of the equipment or modification can help eliminate the stress of having to deal with a modification gone wrong.
Too Close To Be Useable
This stairlift was installed on a stairway that was way too narrow to accommodate the equipment. The homeowner was unable to use this lift without banging his knees on the wall as the lift when around the corner. Ensuring proper clearance for both equipment and user is key.
No Railing, Big Problem
At first glance, this ramp may look ok, but the lack of railing at the end of the ramp poses a significant problem for the user. One wrong move and a wheelchair could end up rolling off the ramp and into the yard.
Two Steps to Too Steep
From the driveway to the ramp there are two major barriers – big concrete steps. Once you get to this ramp, the incline is so severe that it would be scary to use with a wheelchair, power chair or walker. The incline of a ramp is key for usability, especially when caregivers or loved ones are helping to push move maneuver. For those who use manual wheelchairs under their own power, the wrong incline can make it as difficult to access a home, church, or business as if there were no ramp present at all.
This is another one where it may be difficult to spot what’s wrong. However, if you look closely you will see that there is no upper gate to prevent someone from rolling or falling onto the lift when it is down. While it is a shorter drop, an accidental fall can cause serious injury. There is also no handrail around the platform to help keep the user from rolling off the other edge of the platform.
Get on the Level
This ramp slopes downhill, is uneven and doesn’t have any railing making it extremely dangerous. Add any type of moisture like rain, snow or ice and this homeowner could have ended up severely injured. When there is any type of uneven ground in the area where you need access to your home, working with a professional who can help you select the right type of ramp is crucial.
If you or someone you know is making do with a less than ideal modification or equipment that doesn’t really work, let our team of accessibility experts perform a free, in-home evaluation. We’re passionate about helping you stay safe and mobile in your home. Call today!