If you care for someone confined to a wheelchair, there likely will come a time when you’ll consider adding a ramp to make it easier for your loved one to get in and out of the house. If you decide to take matters into your own hands, check out the tips below courtesy of Yahoo! contributing writer, C. Jeanne Heida.
Slope – According to the American Disability Act (ADA), the wheelchair ramp should be placed on the least possible slope.
Rise – The ADA requires a rise, or angle of ascent, of 1:12 meaning that for ever foot of ascent or descent, the ramp must be 12 feet long.
Width – The standard width of an ADA approved ramp is 36 inches.
Landings – According to ADA guidelines, wheelchair ramps need a level landing at the top and bottom of the ramp and the landing must be 60” long. However, if the wheelchair needs to change direction on the landing, the landing must be 60”x60” to allow for adequate turning space.
Handrails – If a ramp rises more than 6” above the ground or projects horizontally more than six feet, it must have handrails according to the ADA. In addition, the ramp should also have edge protection in the form of banisters, walls, or curbs.
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