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Reclaim Ease of Access to Your Home

Regain your freedom while reducing dependence on your loved ones. With a lift from Vancouver Island Medical Supply, stairs are no longer a barrier. Your garden and, indeed, the world will be accessible once again.

Many clients find that a porch lift is the best accessibility solution. These lifts require limited space and can often be used independently by most people with limited mobility. The most common lifts are 45” to 52” high, although taller lifts are available.

Before selecting a porch lift, it is advisable to ask a Vancouver Island Medical Supply installer to check out the home first and determine that a porch lift will be suitable. Ask the installer the following questions:

  • Where would you recommend installing a porch lift? Although most users install the lift at a pre-existing door, some users end up installing patio doors somewhere else in the house to accommodate a lift.
  • What configuration is needed? For example, will it be a left or right tower, straight through or 90 degree turn?
  • How high does the lift need to be?
  • What type of prep work will I need to do before installing a porch lift? Typically this will include getting a base ready and having some electrical work done.
  • What type of base do I need under the lift? If a concrete pad is required, this may need to be done in the spring or summer.

It is also a good idea to ask about various types of lifts to find the one best suited to your needs. The following questions cans help you choose the best lift:

  • What safety features are available on this lift?
  • What type of drive mechanism is used in this lift (e.g. ACME screw or cable)?
  • How well does this lift work in cold/wet weather?
  • What ongoing preventative maintenance do you recommend for this lift?