Providing wheelchair access for your public access building is a lot more complex than providing a ramp outside. The inside of your build also need to be wheelchair friendly, and this will include disabled bathrooms, access doors, and providing lifts with buttons at the right height for chair users. However, the inside of your building may not be as simple as two floors with a lift that connects the two and you may require indoor wheelchair ramps.
In many buildings you will encounter stairs inside in between floors. Of course just one step or even a small threshold is extremely problematical for wheelchair users. So this is where indoor wheelchair ramps come into play. These can fit over existing stairs, depending on the gradient, or can be added to the side of existing staircases. What is extremely important is that a wheelchair user can access all the facilities you have in your building on all floors and levels.
Indoor Wheelchair Ramps : For Accessible Builds
The older the building you have the more complex its layout is likely to be. You may have steps leading up to the front door and then a threshold, then a couple of more steps before reaching the foyer area. From here you may have a grand and winding staircase that leads to the upper floors. In a modern build you are far more likely to have a setup that is already chair-friendly.
An older building may not even have a lift. Adding a lift can help a lot when making your building wheelchair friendly. But this is a costly business and one that you may not be able to afford to do. So, first things first. Let’s see where the obstacles are for a wheelchair user. Once a chair reaches the front door of your building via a wheelchair ramp he will be met with a threshold. This might be only a few centimetres high, but will make it impossible for the user to get inside. Here, a rubber threshold ramp is the perfect way to allow access for the chair user.
From here you may find yourself on the ground floor of the building or you may still have some steps to get to there. These need to be covered by a ramp. But always ensure that the gradient is not too steep. A ramp that is too steep and that is the cause of an accident will be a large headache for you. If your steps are too steep, then choose a modular design ramp that can be adjusted to make itself longer and therefore fit over the stairs correctly.
Bathrooms and Other Facilities
Inside your public access building you will also need to make alterations to your bathrooms and other facilities. Doors must be wide enough to allow entry with a wheelchair or mobility scooter. You must provide a disabled bathroom, and this should be easily accessible and not hidden out of the way. Making sure your building is wheelchair friendly is extremely important, and with the help of Go Access Ltd, the whole task will run smoothly.