6 Reasons To Choose A Platform Lift Over A Ramp For Accessibility At Your Public Library

Posted by on Oct 14, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 6 Reasons To Choose A Platform Lift Over A Ramp For Accessibility At Your Public Library

Accessibility for all groups of people isn’t just a goal when you’re running a publicly funded library, but an outright requirement. If you’re facing the prospect of changing your current access layout to better meet the needs of your community members, stick with a reliable platform lift. Also known as a wheelchair lift, this type of equipment offers seven distinct benefits to the public library. Meeting Requirements Of course, the biggest reason to order a full-sized powered lift is to meet the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements set for your public building. All buildings open to the public, unless there’s a specific exemption, must feature a ramp or a lift to help people travel through doorways that aren’t flush with the ground. Even a doorway set one inch above the ground needs some kind of accessibility device. Helping A Wide Audience Don’t let the name of a wheelchair lift fool you. While these lifts definitely help anyone in a wheelchair enter and exit the library, the audiences served by these tools are much wider. People who appreciate a powered lift include Anyone with a permanent or temporary injury requiring them to use crutches, a cane, or a walker People with impaired sight that find stairs difficult to navigate Adults pushing two or three babies in a single stroller, which can be difficult to get up ramps Visitors with other health problems limiting their mobility, like arthritis or COPD. Lifts work better for the majority of these people because there’s less ground to cover, since ramps can stretch dozens of feet and feature multiple twists and turns. Accepting Oversized Deliveries If your library invests in a heavy duty lift that can handle a few hundred pounds, you can use the equipment for getting new shelves and computer desks in faster as well. Wide models make it even easier to get more out of this purpose. Make sure that using the device in this way doesn’t void the warranty from the manufacturer or installer, and get a power lift marketed as a multipurpose addition to make sure it’s an accepted use. Reducing Strain And Fatigue Vertical and inclined lifts are preferred by people in manual wheelchairs because rolling up an extended ramp takes a lot of arm and shoulder strength. It’s difficult for newcomers and experienced wheelchair users alike to deal with the pain and soreness after a long day of navigating steep ramps. Since it only takes the push of a button to activate the powered lift, anyone can use it regardless of energy level and physical ability. The platforms also save battery life for users in electric wheelchairs. Saving Space In order for the ramp to remain flat enough to safely navigate in a wheelchair or with a walker, you can only rise up a single inch per foot of length. Once you add in the width to accommodate standard sized mobility equipment, you’re looking at using three or more square feet per inch of height. If your doorway is five or six steps above the ground, you could end up with a massive ramp snaking back and forth. A lift only takes up the space of a single wheelchair or scooter, allowing you to squeeze one into a corner or along a sidewalk. Offering Safer Access Finally,...

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How To Keep The Tires On Your All Terrain Walker In Great Shape

Posted by on Oct 15, 2014 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Keep The Tires On Your All Terrain Walker In Great Shape

If you are a senior citizen who likes to stay active, then you may like to hike outside. If you are not stable on your feet, then it is best to use a walker during your outdoor adventures. An all terrain walker is your best option, and you should look for a product that has eight inch inflatable wheels. These wheels will roll over uneven soil and they will move over gravel, grass, and other types of ground. You must take care of the wheels though, so you can continue to use your walker with ease. Read through the information below to learn how to do this. Keep Your Wheels Inflated Your all terrain walker wheels are constructed much like bicycle tires. The wheels contain an outside shell made out of rubber and treads are built into the rubber so the wheels do not slip or slide across the ground. In the middle of the tire sits an inner tube that is also made from rubber. The inner tube is filled with air so that the tire can retain pressure for long periods of time. Air pressure will reduce though when you use your walker, and this means that you need to inflate the inner tubes on occasion the same way you would on your bicycle. Refill Tires When all terrain walker wheels are fully inflated, you will be unable to compress them with your hands. If you can squeeze the tires easily, then they need to be filled with air. Use a manual bicycle pump, because the wheels do not contain nearly as much air as bicycle or vehicle wheels. Remove the cover from the valve stem that sits inside the wheel. Look for the optimal pressure range printed on the side wall of the tire. If this information is available, then use a vehicle or a bicycle air pressure gauge to check pressure. Just place the device over the valve stem and read the PSI (pressure per square inch) reading. Attach the nozzle or end on your hand pump to the valve stem at this time and pump air into the tire. It will likely only take two or three pumps until you feel pressure coming from the pump handle. Use your pressure gauge to make sure that there is enough air in the tire. Repeat this process to fill the rest of the wheels. Clean Your Wheels Often Remove Stones Rocks, dirt, and debris can build inside the treads of your all terrain walker wheels, and this will keep your device from moving properly when you use it. Stones and other hard objects that are stuck in the wheels can also rupture your tires. This means that you need to clean your wheels thoroughly after a hike outdoors. Start the cleaning process by setting your walker on its side so you can see all the wheels. Rotate each wheel with your hands and look for stones stuck in the treads. If you see any rocks in the treads, then use a wire brush to remove them. Use either a wire spoke or plumbing brush to clean the treads of your tires. Both of these tools have small ends that you can run through the spaces of your tires. Work the wire brush up and down against...

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