Different Types Of Threshold Ramps
Not all wheelchair ramps fit every doorway, so before purchasing you’ll want to make sure you get the right ramp for your situation. Above, we reviewed several different kinds of threshold ramps, each with their own purpose. Since each ramp comes with its own features and specifications, we want to help guide you through making an informed purchase that fits your specific needs.
Rubber Door Jamb Ramps
Rubber door jamb ramps are meant to get you over a slight lip in a doorway. These are common for doors that slide, such as patio doors. If you have a rubber ramp on each side, you can navigate over the door jamb without having to put extra effort into getting your wheelchair over the threshold. The rubber materials is also designed to be slip-resistant, making these a great option for outdoor use.
These would also work nicely if you have trouble getting in between doorways due to a slight lip in the flooring. It would make a smooth transition from room to room and allow the user to wheel themselves through without requiring any help. Caregivers might find these a great option for seniors aging in place in their own home, so they can be left to navigate the home without any worry.
These ramps are made specifically for outdoor use. Aluminum ramps do not rust and can be used to navigate up one or even two stairs if necessary. These often have rubber tape on them to prevent slipping and padding underneath, so the ramp will not slide off the stairs regardless of the incline.
The best way to use aluminum ramps is to anchor them into the stair permanently, but they can also often be used portably so you can take them with you and use them whenever you need to.
High-Density Foam Ramps
These ramps are similar to the rubber ramps in that they’re optimal for at-home use with limited set up. You can find them ranging in height from one inch to four inches, and they have a polyurethane coating on the outside that makes them slip resistant.
This type of ramp is ideal for indoor use because they are not that much of an eyesore and they could help the wheelchair user get up an entire step if that is necessary for the home. There is no way of permanently anchoring these to the floor, so you have to be aware of that, but the coating on the outside prevents them from slipping around too much. Because they’re more lightweight than other ramps and aren’t permanently anchored, they’re a great option for seniors who might be temporarily using a wheelchair or aren’t using their wheelchair all day long. These seniors will be able to easily move the ramp around as needed.
Heavy Duty Rubber Ramps
Compared to portable rubber ramps, these ramps are what you typically see at car dealerships and other places where people need to move vehicles up into things. These are heavy and often have handles on them so you can carry them without struggling with the weight.
These rubber ramps hold a lot of weight, usually in the tons, and have the versatility to be used in a variety of situations. Though a bit pricier, we would recommend these ramps to be used for seniors who know where they will be aging in place for an extended period of time and need an easy wheelchair solution that they don’t need to worry about once it is installed. These ramps can be anchored on front doors and entryways and left to withstand high amounts of weight and use.
Many seniors who are aging in place will need to consider their mobility and how easy it will be to move around the home they’ve chosen to age inside. When wheelchairs are involved, it’s fairly easy to fit a home with the appropriate threshold ramps that will take you from point A to point B without difficulty or danger.
Whether you’re permanently in a wheelchair, temporarily using one, or if you’re a loved one who would like to have options for a visiting seniors, there are threshold ramps available for every scenario. Keep your needs and budget in mind, and you’ll be able to find the best ramp that requires the least difficulty to install and maintain.