Best Outdoor Accessible Solutions for Homes in the Chicago Area

Do you or one of your family members use a wheelchair or have difficulty with the stairs outside of your home? EHLS offers a number of products that will eliminate the hassle of getting up and down the stairs, and provide you with a safe solution. The products that we sell and install are wheelchair lifts, stair lifts, wheelchair ramps, and even pool lifts for those who need assistance getting into a pool at home!  An outdoor accessibility solution will increase your independence and allow you to enjoy your front yard and/or back yard again! Below are a few details that will help choose the best possible solution for your home

Best Outdoor Wheelchair Lifts

Porch Lifts

An outdoor wheelchair lift, often known as a porch lift, or vertical platform lift, is a common solution for wheelchair and powerchair users that need assistance getting in and out of their homes. These type of lifts are cost-effective and have a large enough platform that will allow wheelchair and power chair users to get in and out of their home safely and independently. The porch lifts we sell and install are made by the top manufacturers in the industry: Bruno and Savaria. Make your deck, porch or garage accessible with a porch lift from EHLS!

The two pictures below are porch lifts that we recently installed in Chicago, Illinois

Image of a porch lift that was installed in Chicago, Illinois by EHLS                               Porch Lift installed by EHLS at the front of a home on the North Side of Chicago

Inclined Platform Lifts

An inclined platform lift is only built when a porch lift or outdoor stair lift cannot be easily accommodated. Like porch lifts, inclined platform lifts have a large platform that wheelchair and powerchair users can easily roll onto. However, instead of traveling vertically, these lifts carry users over the staircase on a rail system that is mounted alongside the stairs. There are models available to accommodate straight stairs, curved stairs or stairs with multiple levels or intermediate landings.

Inclined Platform Lift installed on an outdoor staircase

Best Outdoor Stair Lifts:

An outdoor stair lift is perfect for those who have limited mobility and need assistance getting up and down the stairs. Stair lifts provide a safe and easy way to access the front yard, back yard, patio or even a lake! (see photos below) Bruno’s straight and curved outdoor stair lifts are built to withstand all four of Chicago’s weather seasons. Restore your independence and enjoy Chicago’s beautiful summer weather with a stairlift!

Is an outdoor stair lift protected in the rain and snow? Yes, Bruno’s Elite outdoor stair lift comes with a cover that protects it from any precipitation.

Image of a man riding down a stair lift that was installed on the stairs in his backyard in Round Lake, Illinois                 An outdoor stair lift that was installed in Chicago, Illinois, by EHLS                  Image of a woman riding her new outdoor stair lift that was installed on the stairs in the backyard of her home in Wonder Lake, Illinois

Best Wheelchair Ramps

A wheelchair ramp is one of the most common accessible solutions for those who need assistance getting in and out of their home. There a number of wheelchair ramps available including aluminum modular, wooden, and concrete. All of these ramps are great accessible solutions for wheelchair and powerchair users. One foot of ramp is necessary for every inch of vertical rise.

Aluminum modular ramps are the most popular because they are cost-efficient, easy to install and require little to no maintenance. They are also the quickest ramp option available. A modular ramp can be installed and ready to use in a few hours.

      Aluminum Ramp in Joliet, Illinois

Image of an Aluminum Modular Wheelchair Ramp installed in the backyard of a home in Joliet, Illinois

Pool Transfer Lifts

A pool lift provides a safe and easy way for those with limited mobility to enter and exit a pool! Everyone enjoys going in a pool on hot summer days in Chicago. However, entering and exiting a pool may be difficult for those with limited mobility. A pool transfer lift safely lifts a person in and out of the pool, allowing them to enjoy the pool just like anyone else would!

For more information on any of these accessibility solutions, please call us @ 847-215-9490!