A few weeks ago we completed a typical tall tower wheelchair lift project for a great family in North Vancouver. The installation wasn’t really out of the ordinary, but the interactions to make it all happen was unusual in that we were communicating with folks in 2 different countries on opposite sides of the world! After several successful e-mail exchanges to determine user needs and preferred location (often at odd times of day to make it work for different time zones), we were able to come up with a design and a plan that would best suit the end user, who was moving to Canada to be closer to family. A visit to the site soon followed to take a few measurements and to work with the contractors and concrete people to get the ball rolling.
Wheelchair Lift Area before installation:
The application area was ideal in that we could access the deck space at an outcropping and have the user stay dry while accessing the lift from under the deck. A quick pour of concrete and modification of upper railing to install a gate that we affixed a specialized locking mechanism to, and we were ready to go! The top end of the tower was easily rooted to the decking for additional stability because of the corner we installed it in.
Wheelchair Lift Installation After:
One small modification we added is an extra set of operation paddles. This will allow the user to use their left side to operate, regardless of whether they roll straight onto the lift or choose to back in. Our client uses a scooter for mobility rather than a wheelchair, and this porch lift is ideal to assist him in maintaining access to the home independantly. Another installation sucess!