Before making adjustments for wheelchair access, you'll need to know about the types of Wheelchair Lifts that you can choose from. You'll also want to become familiar with Handicap Ramps. When it comes to lifts, there are two kinds that you have to familiarize yourself with: rotary lifts and platform lifts. These two types of lift are also available in different styles such as combination, electrical, hydraulic, and gravity. These lifts also will make use of some type of battery power, so it's important to always make sure that the battery has a good charge to operate the lift.
A rotary lift has a platform that isn't folded. The platform will actually swing into the vehicle. A benefit of using a rotary lift is that less room is needed when parking the vehicle. The need for less room makes it easier for people to get in and out of the vehicle while using the lift. It should be noted that some lifts are designed with a bar that can actually limit the space for dealing with the platform, so always examine the design of the lift that you are thinking of purchasing.
A platform lift is a lift that must be stored inside of the vehicle. In some cases, modifications must be made to the vehicle to allow the lift to be stored. Some platform lifts can be folded in half to make storing them easier to do. While some lifts fold automatically, others require manual folding. Regardless of the type of lift you are purchasing, you will need to make use of a backup system. A backup system allows a lift to be worked manually to help a person get out of a vehicle in case there is an emergency.
As far as other types of lifts are concerned, a gravity lift uses power to fold itself and to lift, but relies on gravity to lower itself. Hydraulic lifts rely on hydraulics to lift and lower wheelchairs. Electrical lifts will usually make use of a screw rod or a metal chain to work with wheelchairs. Some lifts will use a combination of electrical and hydraulic power to work.