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3 Ways to Increase Accessibility in a Home

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You can increase accessibility in your home with a wheelchair lift.

It’s not uncommon for there to be a need to increase accessibility in a home, especially as a person gets older. Finding an efficient and effective to increase accessibility in a home may mean considering several types of solutions based on your specific needs. 

Here’s a look at some of the options to consider. Choose one or more of these options to get the best results for your accessibility needs.

Wheelchair Lifts

A wheelchair lift is a more efficient method of improving mobility in a home, especially when there are one or more sets of steps in the home. Typically, homeowners turn to ramps to make homes more accessible to wheelchairs, and while they may work for a short set of steps, it’s not an option for most large steps.

Wheelchair lifts can work very well to minimize the problems of getting from the ground floor, for example, to the bedrooms. This is an effective solution because it’s easy to operate. Most often, a single person can use a wheelchair lift. There may be no need for additional assistance from another party. In that way, these lifts make it easier to move throughout the home and enhance independence. 

Stair Lifts

Stair lifts are a valuable accessibility tool as well. If a person has the ability to walk, but they don’t have enough stamina or ability to climb a set of stairs, this type of lift can be ideal. Stair lifts don’t accommodate a wheelchair, though.

The person is able to sit in the unit, and it enables them to move up and down the set of steps within a few moments. There’s ample independence here, too, in that most models are designed for the person sitting in the stair lift to operate the controls. They are easy to use and very safe.


A third option is a dumbwaiter. Sometimes carrying heavy items up and down the stairs is simply too hard to do. For a person who has limited mobility, having a dumbwaiter may work to alleviate a great deal of stress and strain. It may also help to make the home safer for their use. 

A dumbwaiter is as simple as it sounds. The heavy items are placed on the lift, and you can raise and lower it to the desired floor. You don’t have to climb up the stairs to move these items. It’s common for injuries to happen when people need to do this – such as moving a basket of laundry or having to lift the groceries. Dumbwaiters may help those who have some mobility issues to reduce the risk of injury.

Preferred Elevator: We’re On the Up and Up!

For over a decade, Preferred Elevator has served residents in Central Maryland, Baltimore, and Washington, DC. You can rely on our experienced home installation team and quality products.

For our commercial elevator clients, we also provide annual inspections of your equipment to adhere to standards established by the state of Maryland. During these inspections, we make sure that your commercial mobility product is functioning correctly and efficiently. We’ll also go over all safety devices and customized features offered within your plan!

Get in touch with us! Our business hours are Monday-Friday 8 am -5 pm. Reach us by phone at 410-238-2555, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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    • 7110 Golden Ring Road
      Suite 102
      Essex, MD 21221
    • Phone: 410-238-2555
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