England, United Kingdom (PressExposure) May 17, 2013 -- Wheelchair users are pushing the boundaries to gain more independence and access to areas that were previously difficult for them to negotiate.
Anyone with mobility issues will tell you that having access to the right equipment and support is crucial for them. Many people rely heavily on wheelchairs and mobility scooters. In the UK, public buildings and new buildings are required to have wheelchair access so have wheelchair ramps built in. However, this does not mean that everywhere is easily accessible by wheelchair. There are gaps in the coverage of ramps that are, safe and easy for all kinds of wheelchair users to use. As a result a mobile wheelchair ramp can be an invaluable accessory for wheelchair users.
For example, standards of access for wheelchairs in other countries are very mixed. This can make it hard for a wheelchair user to enjoy a holiday abroad. In Spain, there are ramps, but sometimes they are ridiculously steep, meaning that some places are not accessible in wheelchairs. Dropped kerbs exist, but many of them are quite high, so are difficult to negotiate. A ramp that can be folded up and carried by a friend can really help in this situation. It can allow someone to park up close to a beach, and use the ramp to get to the right side of the street and proceed from there. The ramp can then be put back into the vehicle or taken to the beach.
The Use of Mobile Ramps in Residential Properties
There are places in the UK where using them in this way is useful, but most places already have good ramps built in. However, a wheelchair ramp that can be packed up and taken anywhere is still an important aid for UK wheelchair users. Most residential homes are not equipped for visitors in wheelchairs; so many people take their own ramp when they visit friends and relatives. The development of fold up wheelchair ramps has been a very important one for wheelchair users.
Simple Life Mobility has noticed that as the price of foldable wheelchair ramps has fallen, demand has risen. It is now possible to buy a good quality mobile wheelchair ramp for under Â£100, a price point that makes them affordable, and, therefore, more popular.
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