Encountering an inaccessible area while using a mobility scooter is incredibly frustrating, made even more so by how often it can happen. It may well happen when you’re out shopping, exploring or perhaps even at home. Fortunately, you can buy a number of different ramp types to help you make many inaccessible areas accessible. Here are the different types and what situations they’re best for.
Folding ramps are any type that can be rolled or – you guessed it – folded to reduce its size when not in use. This makes it very useful for either taking with you when travelling or if you intend on keeping it out of the way most of the time. If you want a ramp that’s well suited to taking with you while you’re out and about the Clever Roll Ramp range is ideally suited. The innovative design allows the ramp to be unrolled and rolled back up in moments. When in the unrolled configuration it’s held together by the attachable raised edges. It can also be put into a carry bag to make portability easier. It’s available in 3ft and 5ft sizes depending on your preference for length and weight. A different approach to folding ramps is the Clever Multi-Fold Ramp. Capable of being folded neatly down to the size of a suitcase it’s a great option for those who want to be able to pack away their ramp when it’s not needed. For example, it could be useful for anyone who owns a business premises in a small, old building without disabled access. Set it up in minutes when someone requires it, then pack it away when you need the space.
Threshold ramps are typically a smaller type used for navigating up, over or down small obstructions, such as a slightly raised step on a door or between rooms. This can make them great for use in a house that wasn’t designed to be accessible but needs to be. The 1in and 2in Rubber Threshold ramps are compact and simple products to help get over those little bumps. Installation isn’t complicated at all, just place it up against the step you need to get up and move it to where you need next when done. There’s also an anti-slip service to make rolling across it safe and secure. Another type of threshold ramp is the Bridge Ramp, available in 1in, 2in, 3in and 4in variants. These ramps are perfect for placing over raised surfaces that have both an up and down competent close together which could stop your mobility scooter potentially getting stuck on the top if it has low ground clearance.
Channel ramps are in fact two narrow sections of ramp that can be placed at differing distances apart from each other. This is useful for getting up to higher or lower levels that a singular ramp cannot be propped up against, they can also be used as makeshift bridges if secured properly. One popular design of this type is the telescopic ramp, available as a 7ft ramp. The advantage if this type is that the length can be somewhat varied – up to its maximum length – depending on the height of a surface or the width of a gap. This could help reduce the steepness of an incline or make a bridge more secure by increasing the length of the ramps. You can see all the CareCo Mobility Scooter Ramps here.