Today, many people who have trouble getting around opt for a platform wheelchair lift to assist with accessing different areas of their homes or businesses.

Platform wheelchair lifts are manufactured in several sizes and configurations, so it is critical that you consider your needs before selecting the right equipment. You will also need to think about where you want to place the wheelchair lift, as some designs are better-suited for installation into concrete or outdoor settings.

For individuals who don’t have enough space or budget to install a traditional lift, a platform wheelchair lift is an excellent alternative.

Which wheelchair lift is right for you?

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There are three main types:

  • Straight platform lifts
  • Inclined platform lifts
  • Vertical platform lifts

Vertical platform lift operates along with a vertical rail system.

The straight or Inclined platform lift, also known as a stair lift, , runs along with a set of guide rails that are specifically designed for straight and curved staircases.

 


3 Types of Platform Wheelchair Lifts

#1 Straight Platform Lift PLG7 (Straight Staircases)

Price range from $22,000 (Supply & Install)

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Ascendor Platform Wheelchair Lift (Straight Staircases)

Modern, flexible and secure, a platform stairlift is ideally suited to fit all straight staircases. An elegant solution to remove your barriers.

  • Space-saving design
  • Smooth start and stop performance
  • Travel length up to 30m
  • Landings up to 5
  • Low maintenance
  • Modifications for existing homes are not necessary
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Accommodate design requirements
  • Compliant with AS 1735.7-1998 – Lifts, escalators and moving walks Stairway lifts

How does a Straight platform Lift work?

#2 Curved Platform Lift PLK8 (Curved Staircases)

Price range from $26,000 (Supply & Install)

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Platform Wheelchair Lift For Curved Stairs

This type is considered to be the most stylish, but it may only be used with stairs that are curved in shape.
This lift can also serve more than two floors, which is why it’s often described as a multi-story platform wheelchair lift.

Ideally suited to fit all curved staircases.

  • Space-saving design
  • Smooth start and stop performance
  • Travel length up to 30m
  • Landings up to 5
  • Low maintenance
  • Modifications for existing homes are not necessary
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Accommodate design requirements
  • Compliant with AS 1735.7-1998 – Lifts, escalators and moving walks Stairway lifts

#3 Vertical Platform Lift (Unaporte)

Price starts from A$29,190 (Supply & Install)

With the modern vertical lift, you can reach all levels of your building with minimal intervention in the existing building structure.
Suitable for a maximum lifting height of 2m for DDA compliance & 3m for residential.

Without a shaft, the lift finds its place in all possible installation situations.

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Making Accessibility a breeze to your home or office

  • For Your Residential & Commercial Building
  • Little modification to the existing structure
  • Maximum 2-stops
  • Maximum lifting height of 2m for DDA compliance 
  • Maximum lifting height of 3m for residential
  • With or without a shaft
  • Accommodate design requirements
  • Compliant with AS 1735.14-1998 – Lifts, escalators and moving walks Low-rise platforms for passengers

How does a Straight platform Lift work?

#Benefits of having a platform wheelchair lift

  • Improve mobility access in places where an elevator isn’t an option
  • Nominal structural modifications are required
  • Customisable features and finishes
  • Transport awkward loads safely and easily between floors
  • Improve access to staircases for people with disabilities
  • Platform lifts can be installed both inside and outside of a home or building
  • A vertical platform lift is less expensive to instal and operate
  • Ensure that public areas are accessible and compliant with all

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Installation Examples for Straight & Curved Platform Lift

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Platform lifts for straight and curved staircases Intermediate landings can be surmounted with a curved travel rail (Fig. 1) or by installing rails with elevation changes (Fig. 2). The travel rails can be mounted directly onto the walls or attached to steel stanchions (Fig. 2 & 3). Multi-level landings with parking places can be planned to suit individual requirements.

Who can use a Platform Wheelchair Lift?

Platform wheelchair lifts are designed to provide a smooth, as fuss-free as possible, the transition between floors. In fact, they can be used by anyone who struggles with mobility on any level. This might be due to injury or illness which makes walking difficult, or it could simply be that their age is making things trickier.

What is the cost of a platform wheelchair lift?

A wheelchair lift can be an additional investment to your home, depending on what type you choose. Typically, the cost for a platform lift starts from A$22,000 for straight staircases that extends from one floor to another in a multistorey house with a standard platform size of 1000 x 800mm, able to carry up to 225kg and standard RAL colour 9006(Grey).

See an actual example of installation in New South Wales.

Click here to view actual project

The machine itself is only part of that price tag. In most cases, it also includes installation and any required minor structural changes inside your home as well as electrical work that must be done around the stairway area. The price range can include yearly maintenance service (optional) after installation by a professional.

Who can use a Platform Wheelchair Lift?

Platform wheelchair lifts are designed to provide a smooth, as fuss-free as possible, the transition between floors. In fact, they can be used by anyone who struggles with mobility on any level. This might be due to injury or illness which makes walking difficult, or it could simply be that their age is making things trickier.

What is the cost of a platform wheelchair lift?

A wheelchair lift can be an additional investment to your home, depending on what type you choose. Typically, the cost for a platform lift starts from A$22,000 for straight staircases that extends from one floor to another in a multistorey house with a standard platform size of 1000 x 800mm, able to carry up to 225kg and standard RAL colour 9006(Grey).

See an actual example of installation in New South Wales.

Click here to view actual project

The machine itself is only part of that price tag. In most cases, it also includes installation and any required minor structural changes inside your home as well as electrical work that must be done around the stairway area. The price range can include yearly maintenance service (optional) after installation by a professional.

Can I claim NDIS for the platform wheelchair lift installation?

You can claim the cost of installation and modification for your platform wheelchair lift through NDIS funding. The funding allows you to access a one-time payout between $60,000 to $120,000 based on your application and eligibility. Any changes made to your homes or business premises so that you can stay independent at home will be included under the NDIS scheme.

What is the difference between wheelchair lifts and elevators?

Platform Wheelchair lifts are designed to assist persons with disabilities.
Wheelchair lifts are smaller than elevators and can be portable or permanent, allowing them to serve a wide range of individuals with various accessibility requirements. Elevators, on the other hand, are used to transport people and goods throughout a building or structure.
In contrast to wheelchair lifts, elevators take up far more room to install and run.

Why is it important to have a platform wheelchair lift?

Mobility is critical for life, liberty, and the enjoyment of one's home. People with mobility issues are often isolated at home due to the lack of accessibility options available in their neighbourhood, community, or business establishments. A platform wheelchair lift provides a simple solution for people who need assistance accessing the different floors by allowing them safe and easy access. They can also make it easier for caregivers to transport a wheelchair-bound individual between floors without having to carry them.

What are some alternatives to a platform wheelchair lift?

A smart alternative to a platform wheelchair lift is the use of a stairlift.
The chair is designed to glide effortlessly along a straight aluminium track providing an attractive, elegant, and functional addition to your home. The Levant stairlift may be used on straight making it a good choice for people who don't use wheelchairs but want a different option than platform lifts.

Click here for the actual stairlift cost.

Is a wheelchair lift the same as a stairlift?

No, it isn't. A wheelchair lift is purely designed to take someone in their wheelchair from one level to another whereas a stairlift will transport people who use walking aids or canes too.
The two can also be used in conjunction with each other if required. This is where the wheelchair platform comes into its own because putting this between the stairs, enables everyone including those using sticks to easily get up and down without having to worry about the impact of using actual stairs.

But what about weight restrictions of wheelchair lift?

The wheelchair lift has weight restrictions depending on the model you choose. To summarise, vertical platform lift rated load is 375kg and for platform wheelchair lift for stairs is 225 - 300kg.
One thing to take into account though would be the total width and depth of the wheelchair lift platform. So always let the professional asses and measure before getting them fitted to avoid disappointment at the end.

If unsure, contact Direct Lifts Australia and they should be able to offer some guidance.

How long does it take to install a wheelchair lift?

The time taken for this type of lift installation will depend on the company carrying it out, their availability and local factors such as whether there is existing equipment they need to tie into or not.
It can therefore take anything from one day up to three weeks, although most companies will try to get it fitted within a few days.

What Laws & Regulations Affect Wheelchair Lifts in Australia?

The laws that affect wheelchair lifts in Australia are the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Building Code of Australia. The platform wheelchair lift must comply with these codes before it can be used in use.
In addition, some states have their own legislation which needs to be considered if installing a wheelchair lift.
Most of the specifications and regulations that apply to wheelchair lifts are those defined by the Australian Standards AS1926.1 – 1998, which provide a detailed guideline for stairlifts using a platform design.

What is a portable wheelchair lift?

The EasyLift portable wheelchair lift is a cost-effective solution to moving between varying levels in your home or workplace.
It is perfect for situations where ramps are too steep or too long, or where a stairlift or elevator is not suitable owing to too small a difference in altitude.
Different models will allow transfer from heights of 150mm through to a 970mm rise.

Click to learn about portable wheelchair lift

How to get a quote for a wheelchair Lift?

Getting a quote for an installation can be difficult because not all companies offer this service online.
Many only provide quotes by phone while others may require you to come to their showroom.

However, there are some online companies that will be happy to provide you with a quote without the need for you to visit them in person or make a phone call.

One such company is Direct Lifts Australia which offers wheelchair platform quotes online.

Simply fill out their form and they will get in touch with you via email to discuss different options and prices.

For decades, local Stairlifts providers, such as Direct Lifts Australia, have delivered outstanding service in Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane.

We can help you in finding the stairlift that is most suitable for your needs and budget. We offer an expert installation service, comprehensive aftersales support, and outstanding warranties on all our stairlifts.

For those worried about making an expensive purchase without knowing which is best for their needs, we have created this 1-minute walkthrough of our Stairlift Finder to help make things easier!

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