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Which Is Better Suited to Your Needs – an Elevator or a Platform Lift?


Are you going back and forth between an elevator and a platform lift? What are the advantages of each, and which will best suit your needs? This article will help you make an informed choice.

The Advantages of a Platform Lift

Let’s begin by defining what a platform lift is. A platform lift is a semi-enclosed platform for those confined to wheelchairs to access a raised entrance level to a business or home. It is also used to move from one level of a building or home to another. Specific models can even be installed along the staircase.

What are the advantages?

  • No transfer needed | With a platform lift, you don’t need to transfer out of your wheelchair. Simply access the platform, sitting securely in your chair while using the lift.
  • Optimal security | The platform lift is one of the safest ways to access varied floors. There is zero risk of falling, as all four sides are enclosed. The platforms run on batteries, assuring their operation even during a power outage.
  • Saves space | Contrary to access ramps, which can take up unmeasurable space, platform lifts are incredibly compact. They take up very little space and can be easily installed almost anywhere.
  • Affordable | Platform lifts are some of the most affordable modes of increasing accessibility. They are also eligible for financial aid from the PAD (Programme d’adaptation à domicile) when you hire a licensed professional to install it.
  • Allows for autonomy | The platform lift enables those confined to wheelchairs to enjoy greater independence. They will no longer need help to come and go from home or access different levels of the home.

A platform lift is an all-around solution. It allows access to multiple levels and raised entrances in both residential and commercial buildings.

Why Install an Elevator?

An elevator is a universal solution. Anyone can use it. What are the advantages?

  • Diverse users | Anyone and everyone can use an elevator, a pregnant woman, someone pushing a stroller, an older person, someone in a wheelchair, someone with their arms full of bags, and so on. Elevators are practical for everyone, in all circumstances.
  • Safe and secure | Stairwells pose a danger for those with reduced mobility, especially older ones. With an elevator, the risk of injury is removed.
  • Adds value to your home | An elevator increases the value of your home. As opposed to chair lifts and platform lifts, elevators can easily adapt to any home décor and can be used by all.
  • Space saver | Elevators take up very little space in contrast to elevator cages. You can thus use the extra saved space for other needs.

Live life to the fullest at home | An elevator allows you to move about freely in a multi-level home, regardless of your mobility. This provides you the opportunity to grow old in your own home with peace of mind.

An elevator allows you to move about multi-level buildings, whether residential or commercial.

Which Suits Your Needs Best?

After reviewing the advantages of both, which suits your needs best? The platform lift is less of a process to install and can go almost anywhere. However, it is intended only for those confined to wheelchairs and, if needed, their companion.

An elevator may be more of a large undertaking to install but is accessible to anyone. It can easily be integrated into the décor of your home and appreciated by all. Not only can it be practical in a house, but is widely accepted as the ultimate solution for apartment buildings and commercial buildings.

For more guidance in making the decision, contact Élévaction. Our qualified team is more than happy to answer your questions and help you with your decision.