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Elevators installed with more than 4 inches of “gap space” between the hoistway doors and the elevator car doors can pose a serious safety risk. Children may become entrapped in the space and could be seriously injured or killed. This risk can be reduced with the proper installation of space guards at each floor.

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Tips on Making a Home Handicap Accessible

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These tips are useful for making a home easier to navigate

Today we’ll be sharing some useful tips on how to make a home handicap accessible. Limited mobility can change the way people live their lives. A person’s home should feel familiar, but that feeling of familiarity can change as they have to relearn how to navigate their home again. In 2018, AARP reported that 76% of Americans over the age of 50 want to stay in their homes as they age. If a home isn’t accessible, that becomes much harder to do. The beauty of homeownership is that homeowners can enhance their homes to accommodate their needs. If you plan on aging in place, this is a must-read! 

Stairlift and Wheelchair Lift Installation 

Do you or your family members find stairs to be an obstacle? Allowing our experienced technicians to install a stairlift will benefit you and your family greatly. Stairlifts come in many styles, accommodating both straight and curved staircases. If you hope to create a safe, accessible space that can make traveling up and down the stairs less challenging, a stairlift is a wise investment. For wheelchair or power chair and scooter users, we also install wheelchair lifts that have indoor and outdoor applications.

Residential Elevator Installation 

Elevators are an alternative to stairlifts. These lifts are sleek, safe, reliable, and get you quickly to the next floor of your home. Lift installation doesn’t have to be extraneous. We can integrate your new lift into your existing architecture. But the most significant benefit is to have a handicap accessible home that you, your family, or anyone that steps into your home can benefit from immensely. 

Invest in Creating a Fall-Proof Home

Falling can be dangerous for anyone. However, falling affects the older community in a specific way. The National Council of Aging reports that one in four Americans 65 and older falls each year. What’s even more alarming is that every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room because of a fall. A fall-proof home should have nonslip surfaces, proper lighting, and handrails in the bathroom. 

Change Your Furniture Arrangement

If a wheelchair cannot easily navigate around the furniture in your home, it’s not as handicap accessible as it should be. Ensure that there are no narrow pathways and make sure that daily items are reachable. Ensuring that your home is handicap accessible could also mean that you need to lower shelving if it’s too high, lowering light switches and raising outlets so they are easily reached

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

For 14 years, 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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    Preferred Elevator

    • 7110 Golden Ring Road
      Suite 102
      Essex, MD 21221
    • Phone: 410-238-2555
    • 24/7 Emergency Service
    • Business Hours:
      Monday–Friday: 8am–5pm
    • MHIC #123888
    • Elevators Contractors License #1186
    • DC License #ELC1300867