A vertical platform lift (VPL) is a conveyance device intended for persons in wheelchairs who need help traversing obstacles where a ramp is not allowed. The range for this enclosed platform can begin from as low as 20 inches and end as high as 24 feet.
The VPL is considered a mid-range solution as getting into a stair chair is often too difficult as well as dangerous for wheelchair dependent individuals. A VPL also comes into play when a home elevator is too expensive or there is simply not enough room for one on the property.
While more economical than a residential lift, a VPL can still impact a budget for the business or home owner looking to do the right thing—especially if the total travel is over five feet.
With this in mind, here is some advice if you are planning for a wheelchair lift: Try to create or find a location where the traveling distance is five feet or less. For anything over five feet, an enclosure is required for all of it—either from the factory or one constructed at the site. Combined with exterior doors, ventilation systems, extra locking requirements, labor, etc. your price will rise significantly.
We recommend the “pass-through” design for the enclosure. This is where the traveler enters through the front, remains in position, and then simply wheels forward out the door in the back of the cab at the desired landing. A 90-degree turn can make for some extra work inside the VPL, especially with the larger wheelchairs, and will also add some costs to the project in regard to automatic doors being required.
We are here to assist you in coming up with the most safe, dependable, and code-compliant solution. The earlier the better, so give us a call at 1-800-954-3887 for a free consultation.