Different Types of Wheelchair Ramps

Temporary wheelchair ramp sitting on driveway

When you start to look for different types of wheelchair ramps for yourself or your loved one, you may be met with a wide variety of options. The decision depends on where you’re planning on using it, how much mobility your loved one has, and what mobility aids they use.

Learn more about the types of wheelchair ramps below.

Threshold Ramps

Threshold ramps are designed to sit flush against the threshold of a door or the lip of a curb. They are a very portable, lightweight option that provides an excellent mobility solution for people who use a variety of mobility aids. Some variations of traditional threshold ramps include entry mats that permanently sit in front of a doorway with a lip, providing a seamless transition from outdoors to indoors.

Folding Ramps

Another portable style, folding ramps consist of either two or three “folds” with hinges in between. While they aren’t approved for commercial use, you can use a folding ramp at your home to get up and down outdoor or indoor sets of stairs. If your loved one needs a handrail, however, this may not be the style for you as they don’t come with handrails.

Modular Ramps

Modular ramps are specifically designed for continued home use. They can be broken apart and reassembled, so you don’t need a building permit to put one of these up at your home. If you move, the ramp can come with you!

Permanent Ramps

Permanent ramps require a building permit to install. If you and your loved one are planning on being in your current home for a long time, a permanent ramp may be a better option for your needs. These can come in a variety of gradients and styles, so make sure you design one with your loved one’s long-term needs in mind.

To learn more about wheelchair ramps, call Mullaney’s Pharmacy & Medical Supply or stop into one of our locations today.