Unbeknownst to people, there are actually several types of wheelchair lifts and they serve different functions. True, generally, they are electrically powered platforms designed to raise a person in a wheelchair up another step or bring him down. But with today’s innovations, this simple goal can now be achieved in more creative ways. Back in the day when there were no portable wheelchair lifts to make use of, people with disabilities had to rely on a third party’s intervention in order to get up or down a vehicle or a flight of stairs, especially in public. Although effective, it is clear that this made them feel less empowered and certainly, more awkward about their condition.


With portable wheelchair lifts, spatially limited folks are now able to manage their own conditions and get passed their issues without having to rely too much on another person. They can come and go as they please and reclaim some form of normalcy in their lives. What is interesting to note is that these devices used to only be applicable for small obstacles like a small stage, a low platform or a few set of steps. But now, there are actually forms of it that you can use to take you up to the second storey of your house. Let us make this the first type of wheelchair lift we discuss.


The stair lift or inclined platform lift is one of the most common types of indoor wheelchair lifts installed directly against the staircase of a disabled person’s house. What it does is follow the contour of the straight or curved stair rail and have the wheelchair lifted or brought down using a small platform. Obviously, not all homes are made with the same size and length stairs so most installation cases are made-to-order; with the manufacturers requiring specific measurements of the stairs to be used. Now, one would imagine these types of wheelchair lifts to be more expensive than other forms. Yet, they are not. However, they are quite unaccommodating to other inhabitants of the house since they block passage significantly.


The second in-demand type aside from portable wheelchair lifts retailed today is that of the outdoor lift that are often used in homes to provide people with mobility problems an alternative route to get around their house. And instead of having the lift prevent everyone else from moving easily in and out of the place, it is positioned outside the home for everyone’s convenience.


Third is the vertical platform lift, which works the same as an outdoor elevator, except that it is positioned within the house. As one would assume, there will be the need for certain adjustments to the interiors of the house in order to make the set up work. Thus, getting it in would not only be expensive but also time consuming.


Finally, we have the portable wheelchair lifts that allow wheelchair-bound folks to adjust to the structural difficulties their environment imposes. It’s hard to find a building that actually has no elevation to speak of. So versatility when it comes to movement is questionable for those who have walking issues unless they have with them a portable wheelchair lift to use for every step they encounter. And as an added bonus, they can also be used for vehicle transfers.