Making Home Accessible

Amramp provides solutions for those in wheelchairs

Getting out of the house can be a challenge for those in wheelchairs. Maneuvering multiple steps or narrow stairways can make it difficult to exit safely. Many older homes were not built to accommodate wheelchairs, making it almost impossible to leave quickly during an emergency.

Whether someone is recovering from a recent injury or living with a long-term illness, wheelchair accessibility is not only a necessity, it’s a lifeline to freedom and independence. That’s why people turn to Pathfinder Services and Amramp for their home ramp needs. With a variety of convenient options, Amramp makes accessibility a possibility for any home.

Evaluating Needs
“Accessibility to the home and safe egress for patients with impaired mobility is critical,” says Evan Detweiler, Director of Therapy and Case Management at the Rehabilitation Hospital of Fort Wayne.

“Installation of a ramp should be considered whenever mobility is impaired,” Detweiler explains. “The need for a ramp increases as the complexity of injury or disability increases. The longer the impairment is expected to last, the greater the need for ramping. In more permanent scenarios, the ramping solution will need to withstand the anticipated duration of use.”

That’s when Amramp can become an integral part of therapy and recovery for those in wheelchairs. Amramp gives patients the opportunity to exit their home safely and easily. Amramp offers a variety of solutions, including permanent installation and short-term, temporary ramps.

Overcoming Barriers to Ramp Installation
The process of getting a ramp through the Rehabilitation Hospital involves a home evaluation. According to Detweiler, there are many structural and safety issues to consider.

“Access to the home may be a barrier. The home may have narrow steps that make getting into the house a challenge. Doorways that are too narrow also create accessibility issues. Throw rugs and lighting issues are safety concerns that may be addressed during the evaluation as well.”

Even when a ramp is determined to be necessary, families must overcome other hurdles, like cost and physical restrictions.

“Expense is the number-one obstacle to getting a ramp. Most insurance policies do not cover ramps, especially for short-term needs,” Detweiler adds. “A second barrier [includes] restrictions placed by landlords or by neighborhood association covenants. Available physical space can also be a barrier.”

Amramp can determine which ramp best suits the physical space and offers rental ramps for as little as one day. For many individuals, ramp installation is more affordable than other options.

“The ramp expense versus major remodeling or relocating should be considered since it may be the simplest way to maintain independence as well as being the most cost effective,” Detweiler adds. “Ramp access allows people to age in place or have access to their home and family without the expense of moving or remodeling.”

Through Amramp’s wheelchair accessibility solutions, patients’ lives improve, gaining the freedom and mobility they need.

Make home accessibility possible for someone in a wheelchair. Consider supporting Pathfinder Services so that more people can live with freedom and independence.