Wheelchair bound individuals can use through the floor lifts to access the upper floor of their homes. The lift passes through the ceiling of the ground floor room into a room above; in most cases this will be the user's bedroom. These lifts will carry the occupant and his or her wheelchair. They are ideal for opening up the other floors of the house to people for whom a simple stair lift is not sufficient.
Through the floor lifts are also referred to as home lifts, wheelchair lifts and through-floor lifts.
When the lift is at rest on the ground floor, a trapdoor in the ceiling stays in the closed position and blends in with the rest of the room's décor. In the upper room, it matches the carpet or wooden flooring fitted there and is unobtrusive.
The car that takes the user between floors can be either fully or partially enclosed, depending on personal preference, and electronic interlocking prevents the car from moving if the door is not completely closed.
Wheelchair users are the main customers for this type of platform lift, although there are versions designed for standing occupants. Use of this type of lift means that the disabled occupant of the house doesn't suffer the inconvenience and discomfort involved in transferring into and out of a wheelchair – something that would be necessary if using a standard stair lift.
Prices for through the floor lifts typically begin at around £8,000. They are of a stronger construction than ordinary stair lifts and the installation work involves cutting neat holes through ceilings and floors to take the equipment. Through the floor lifts will also often require structural alterations to be made to the property before installation may proceed. A shaft is usually not needed in domestic settings, and this keeps the cost down somewhat. As with all domestic lifts the cost will depend very much on individual circumstances.
It is important to plan very carefully prior to installing a through the floor lift. It is essential to take into account issues such as the size of wheelchair that might be needed at a later date, and the weight the lift will be required to carry.
Depending on the amount of structural alterations that need to be made to the property the installation of a through the floor lift can take several days. The company representative will advise on this and any other issues during the initial home visit. A team of engineers will then work out the installation details.
A through the floor lift will effectively open up the upper part of a house to a wheelchair-bound resident. Although it will be somewhat more expensive to install than a regular stair lift, the resultant freedom for the disabled person will more than compensate for the additional cost. To get a quotation for a through the floor lift, please fill out the request form.