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How to Choose a Wheelchair Threshold Ramp

Do you notice that you or a loved one are having a hard time crossing over doorways or rougher surfaces? You don't have to let the struggle continue; there's an easy way to fix the trouble spot: a threshold ramp

Keep reading to learn what a wheelchair threshold ramp is and how to choose the right one for you.

What Is a Wheelchair Threshold Ramp?

A wheelchair threshold ramp is a simple and safe way to help wheelchairs cross over rough surfaces. They provide a sturdy, slightly-inclined platform to make it easy to cross over raised landings, doorways, or curbs. They can be used in doorways, small steps, or raised curbs.

Remember, always be sure your threshold ramps meet ADA requirements.

How to Choose a Wheelchair Ramp?

The first thing you need to do is identify where the problem area is. You'll need a different type of ramp for a curb compared to a doorway, so it's important you take note of all of the problem areas where you need a ramp.

Next, you'll want to decide if you need a permanent ramp or a portable ramp. If the ramp is going into a disabled loved one's home, you should get a permanent one. Whereas if you're getting the ramp to make it easier when your loved one comes over,  you'll probably want to get a portable one that you can take out and put away.

Lastly, you need to measure the spot you're going to put the ramp in to get the right size. Once you have this information, it's time to find the right ramp for your needs. Here are some options:

  • Aluminum Threshold Ramp Plates - very popular when the area you're fixing rises 3 inches or less.
  • Rubber Threshold Ramps - these come in a variety of styles and can be very heavy duty, offering sturdy support.
  • Adjustable Ramp - great for single step rises of up to 9 inches in height and are easily adjusted to the ideal height. 
  • Bariatric Threshold Ramps - designed to hold up to 800 pounds to be able to adequately support heavier wheelchairs and / or wheelchair users.

Beyond a Wheelchair Ramp

Not only do these ramps help people with disabilities easily cross uneven surfaces, they also make it safer for people to walk over. With at least one person over the age of 65 falling each day, these threshold ramps can make your home safer for everyone.

Choose Your Wheelchair Threshold Ramp Today

Now that you know what to look for in a wheelchair threshold ramp, make a plan to get one today. If you need anymore resources to help yourself or a loved one become more mobile, be sure to check out our mobility products. We've been helping people become more mobile for nearly 50 years, and we look forward to helping you too!

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