Wheelchair Lifts For Churches
Churches are a place where anyone is welcome, which is why accessibility is a top priority. A church needs to feel like anyone can visit at any time, and one of the best ways to do that is to install a wheelchair lift.
Luckily, there are a lot of options when it comes to wheelchair lifts for churches that are much easier to install than one might think. In this article, we take a look at some of these options along with a couple of things you need to keep in mind when installing one, so read on to find out more.
Types Of Wheelchair Lifts
A wheelchair lift is a machine designed to lift wheelchairs, which gives individuals in wheelchairs a convenient way of entering and exiting a building. There are a couple of different types of these lifts, each with their own set of advantages and disadvantages. And we take a quick look at two types of wheelchair lifts that are ideal for churches.
1. Vertical Platform Wheelchair Lift
These are considered the “standard” lift, and it’s probably the image that comes into your head when you hear the term wheelchair lift. They’re designed to simply transport a person over a vertical barrier. These lifts also have a bunch of different names, sometimes they’re referred to as porch lifts or simply vertical lifts. These are really easy to use as all one would need to do to use it is get inside the machine, press a button, and wait for the device to lift them up.
2. Inclined Platform Wheelchair Lift
If you’re running low on space and can’t install a vertical lift, an inclined platform lift would be your next best bet. As the name implies, instead of lifting an individual vertically over a barrier, this type of lift is designed to diagonally carry a person over a flight of stairs. As pictured above, the inclined platform wheelchair lift could be suitable for many churches. These will be even more useful if the entrance to the church has a lot of stairs. Another great plus is that the lift can be easily lifted up to allow people to use the stairs. A great flexible option, especially for churches that are running low on space.
Things To Consider When Installing A Wheelchair Lift
Here are some things to keep in mind when choosing a wheelchair lift for a church to help you choose the best option.
Different types of lifts require different amounts of space. Vertical lifts will usually require more space, while an inclined one doesn’t require that much space. So before deciding which type of lift to install, make sure to take a good look and have a clear idea of how much space the church has to make sure you install the right one.
2. Should The Lift Be Open Or Closed?
This goes hand in hand with space. Closed lifts require a shaft, which means it will take up a fair amount of space. An open lift doesn’t need a shaft so space won’t be too much of an issue, but remember that open lifts can only travel a maximum of three meters.
Figuring out the right place to put a lift is very important. Obviously, the spot where the lift is going to be installed needs to be easily accessible. That way, people will readily use the lift to enter the church. To make sure the lift is as accessible as it needs to be it’s important to have a good grasp of the church’s surroundings. Once you have an idea of where you’re going to place the lift, the only thing left to do is choose the lift that will be installed.
Advantages Of Having A Wheelchair Lift In Church
1. It Will Invite More People
A church is a place where everyone is welcome, and having a wheelchair lift will allow more people from different life situations to freely and easily enter the church.
2. It Gives People A Safer Option For Entering The Church
While it is possible to assist a person in a wheelchair to climb the stairs, it can be unsafe. The church is a place where people are supposed to feel safe and welcome and having a safe way to transport people in wheelchairs up the stairs is a great way to enhance that feeling of safety.
There are so many advantages that come with installing a lift in a church, especially considering the variety of people who enter the building to pray, feel safe, and express their faith comfortably. While there are a fair amount of things to consider when having one installed, seeing people from all walks of life conveniently enter the church will make it all worth it.