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Keeping You Living Safe and Independently at Home

Whether you’re aging in place or have a mobility concern that limits you from safely accessing multiple floors of your home, a vertical platform lift (VPL) may be just the piece of equipment you’re looking for. Not only are VPLs good for homes, but they are also great options for commercial buildings or multi-level buildings to allow wheelchair users easy access. Below, we've compiled a list of the most common questions associated with VPLs. If you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to contact our team or browse our VPL selection. 

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Vertical Platform Lift (VPL) FAQs

What is a vertical platform lift?

A Vertical Platform Lift (VPL) is a device used to transport a person in a wheelchair or with mobility challenges between different levels of a building, such as from the ground floor to an upper level or a raised platform. VPLs are often used in homes, schools, offices, and other public buildings to provide accessibility for people with disabilities or mobility concerns.

What are the benefits of using a vertical platform lift?

Using a vertical platform lift offers many advantages and benefits to those with limited mobility. These include:

  • Safe transportation
  • Reduced risk of falling
  • Convenience
  • Cost-effective
  • Increased property value

How is a vertical plaform lift installed?

VPLs are installed on a pad to fit the lift by a professional so you have nothing to worry about! Installation can vary depending on where the VPL will be installed so be sure to ask about specifics.

Are vertical platform lifts difficult to operate?

Not at all! They move up and down easily with the switch of a button on the control panel.

What is the maximum weight capacity of a vertical platform lift?

The maximum load capacity of each VPL can vary, but generally, they can carry anywhere from 500-750lbs. Be sure to check with us on the specific model you are looking at and let us know of any requirements you need, and we will find the right VPL to fit your needs!

What happens to my VPL if there is a power outage?

In case you lose power, the device should continue to work for a limited number of trips on a single charge. However, if you expect the power to be out for a long amount of time, you’ll want to use the VPL sparingly.

Can vertical platform lifts be installed outdoors?

Yes, VPLs can be used and installed both indoors and outdoors as long as there is adequate space. On top of this, VPLs are entirely safe to use outdoors, even in rain and poor weather. These machines are designed to be safe to use wherever they are installed by a professional.

What’s the difference between a vertical platform lift and a stair lift?

Stairlifts and VPLs can both be installed indoor and outdoors and are both good options to use in the home. There are a couple main differences. On a stairlift, you move up and down with the stairs and have to get out of your wheelchair or mobility equipment. With a VPL, you move vertically and stay in your wheelchair or piece of mobility equipment. The location of where you are installing the device plays a large role in which would be a better fit for you.

What’s the difference between a vertical platform lift and an elevator?

A VPL is most similar to an elevator as they operate by moving between floors vertically. But, many find VPLs much safer in the home. VPLs are often less costly than an elevator.