Decades ago, navigating through a home with a mobility impairment was much less comfortable than it is currently. Then, in the 1960s, Ralph Braun pioneered what we know today as the wheelchair lift. Diagnosed with muscular dystrophy as a child, Braun became frustrated with the challenges that came with living with a disability and lack of mobility. One of these frustrations included not being able to navigate through his college campus with ease, resulting in attendance gaps. As a result, Braun dropped out of college but tirelessly worked to create a motorized wheelchair, and then a wheelchair lift. Click here to read his compelling story. While we weren’t the geniuses that invented the wheelchair lift, our certified technicians can indeed install them in your home. Read on to learn a few wheelchair lift maintenance tips.
Wheelchair Lift Basics
Instructional manuals are always your best friend. When in doubt, you can figure anything out by reading an instruction manual. You should never use a wheelchair lift for anything but its intended purpose. In other words, children should not take a joyride on the lift, regardless of how fun it may seem. If you use this device for any other purpose, then it runs the risk of becoming damaged. If you still have any questions or concerns after reading your manual, please don’t hesitate to call us or the manufacturer of your lift. Bruno is the manufacturer for our wheelchair lifts.
Wheelchair Lift Installation
The best way to ensure that your lift will last for a long time and work properly is by having our certified professionals install, service, and maintain the lift. We have a wealth of installation experience. We’ll break down how to use the device and go over safe practices with you.
Inspecting Your Lift
Ever so often, you should indeed check your lift for any new noises, loose bolts, poor electrical connections, and worn threads. Our wheelchair lifts rarely have these issues, but it’s always best to be safe than sorry. If you think there are any issues, call us right away.
You can rest assured that you’ll never fall while you’re using your lift. Solid metal walls keep your arms and legs out of harm’s way while using your device. An automatic interlock secures a gate at the top landing. The gate and interlock both stop the gate from opening once the platform lowers. This feature ensures that no one falls below the surface. A safety under pan also ensures that the lift does not descend if there is anything under the lift. Another safety feature of wheelchair lifts is a battery backup system in case of an electrical outage. Even if there is no power, you can still safely move from one level of your home to another to exit the lift
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!