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Need a RAMP? How to select the right ramp for you.

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Whether you are walking or using a rollator, wheelchair or scooter, the right ramps help you easily enter and exit your home and travel. Adaptive Specialties' team understands how important the details are in the selection of the RIGHT ramp. How long? How wide? Portable? Folding? Permanent? Threshold? Hand Rails? Weight Capacity? Here is a list of questions to start the dialog about selecting the proper ramp for your lifestyle. As always, we are here to help you!

Where do I need a ramp?

Consider locations where elevation, no matter how high, creates safety concerns or limits access completely.

Your Home
  • Your ramp solution may be impacted if you own or rent. Always partner with the landlord before making any modifications to a rental home.

  • What is the best door to access and exit your home -- the front, back, garage door? Reminder, plan for 2 points of egress from your home.

  • Are there steps within your home, a ramp can be used inside with 1-2 steps, if more steps, a stair lift may be needed.

  • Doorway thresholds may be only 2 or 3 inches high but can create a fall risk or challenge for a scooter or wheelchair.

  • Travel and visits to friends and family.
  • You may want a folding portable ramp that fits your car/trunk and is designed to fit the steps at frequently visited locations.

  • Vehicle transport of a scooter or wheelchair
  • These require a portable vehicle ramp or vehicle lift permanently attached to the vehicle.

  • Know the specifications of your wheelchair or scooter including the make and model.

  • For power wheelchairs and scooter determine the maximum incline*. This is a very important detail which defines the length of a ramp.
  • Determine the total combined weight* of the wheelchair or scooter including the user, equipment and caregiver if they will be on the ramp as well.
  • Length and width of your wheelchair or scooter* and the door/steps.
  • The specifications and weight of your mobility device is usually in the manual or on the manufacturer's website. Or give us a call, we are happy to help!

  • What is the right ramp length?

    According to the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) guidelines: (Please note: these are only guidelines for residential homes).

  • The rise measurement (the measurement from the top step or landing to the ground) determines the required length of your ramp.

  • Your ramp should adhere to a 1:12 ratio. Translation, for every 1 inch in rise, your ramp should be 12 inches in length.

    For example, a front porch with 2 steps and a total rise of 14 inches high, the ADA guideline calculates to a 14 foot ramp. It sounds very long, but do not give up, there are options.

  • Consider the maximum incline your wheelchair or scooter can accommodate into the required length.

    Now you know where and the size of the ramp, NOW what type?

  • Portable ramps are great for shorter distances and where you can not make a permanent modification.

  • Types of portable ramps include: modular ramps, 1 piece ramps, folding ramps, & threshold ramps.

  • Vehicle ramps can be either portable or permanently attached to a vehicle.

  • Permanent ramps can be designed for mobility but also can enhance your home.

    Use the Ramp Incline Chart below to find the ADA recommended ramp length!

  • Ramp Measurement
    Shop our website or give us a call to find the perfect ramp for your needs.
    Ramp it up and off you go!