Wheelchair Ramps

On the Go with Wheelchair Ramps

Wheelchairs are designed to provide users with mobility, freedom, and independence.

When obstacles pop up, you have the power to overcome those barriers with a few home modifications such as a wheelchair ramp.

Omicelo Health can keep you rolling in the right direction with a ramp solution created specifically for your house. We can help you stay in the home you love and keep your mobility and independence alive and well

Types of Wheel Chair Ramps

Modular (Large)

Modular ramps are ideal for home use because they’re prefabricated and can fit a wide variety of configurations. Usually made out of aluminum, these types of ramps are produced at the manufacturer and assembled on site. Modular ramps are especially useful for outdoor use since aluminum is durable and doesn’t warp.

Threshold / Door Jam

Threshold ramps tend to be smaller and portable, providing smooth access over small steps or bumps in entryways. They’re made of metal and/or rubber and range. They can be used indoors or out.

Portable Ramps

Also referred to as suitcase ramps, portable ramps give you the ability to take your mobility with you wherever you go. They can help you navigate unexpected obstacles in both your home and other locations. Be aware that these ramps are usually not ADA-compliant but are safe for personal use.

The Basics of Wheelchair Ramps

The Perfect Slope is Key

The slope of a wheelchair ramp is particularly important for safety. Too steep, and it can be too difficult to move upward or too dangerous to go downward. But if the angle is too flat, the ramp can be unnecessarily long or hard to navigate. The standard slope for a wheelchair ramp is a 1:12 ratio, meaning that the slope should rise 1 inch for every 12 inches in ramp length.

Style and Material

Wheelchair ramps are made by a long list of manufacturers and come in a wide variety of styles. Many ramps are pre-fabricated with metal, rubber, or plastic parts, while others can be constructed from raw materials such as wood.

Safety Regulations

The Americans with Disabilities Act provides regulations for the technical specifications of wheelchair ramps, including their dimensions, structure, handrails, and other details.

As with other home accessibility modifications, wheelchair ramps may require a permit that is approved by local agencies responsible for enforcing building codes.

Versatile and Durable

Most ramps are sturdy enough to handle a wheelchair or a scooter. Many also have grooved surfaces or skid guards to prevent slipping.

How to Get a Wheelchair Ramp

Evaluation – Approval – Install

Before determining which wheelchair ramp solution may be right for your home, a healthcare professional, Home Accessibility Specialist or knowledgeable construction contractor will need to take measurements. They’ll evaluate your home, including entryways, steps, discharge points and other possible impediments to determine where ramps may be needed.

The team at Omicelo Health have certified Home Accessibility Specialists and highly skilled construction installers partners that can assess your home for a ramp. They’ll keep you in the loop about the progress of the project and contact you if they have any questions, concerns, or updates.

Once everything is approved, the contractor will be given the green light to proceed with the installation. After it’s completed, your home will be inspected to ensure everything has been installed correctly.

We want to see a smile on your face!

Let Omicelo Health Get You Mobile Again

You can count on Omicelo Health to provide the support you are looking for in a home modifications. We have highly qualified installers that take great pride in their work to ensure you are happy with the result.

It’s easy to transform your home into a wheelchair haven. Contact our team today to discover if a ramp or other home improvement can provide the freedom and independence you need to live comfortably in your house.