Bariatric Threshold Ramps
A bariatric threshold ramp is a threshold ramp designed to accommodate individuals with broader or heavier mobility devices. They feature a higher weight capacity and wider dimensions than standard threshold ramps.
What is a Threshold Ramp?
A threshold ramp is an accessibility ramp designed to provide a smooth, safe transition over raised landings, doorway thresholds, or small curbs and steps. They can be a valuable safety solution for those who use wheelchairs, scooters, walkers, canes, or other mobility devices.
Types of Bariatric Threshold Ramps
Made from recycled rubber, these threshold ramps are affordable and easy to install. They can often be trimmed to size to match your doorframe, and have minimal wear and tear. Rubber ramps may become slippery in winter weather conditions like snow and ice.
Aluminum threshold ramps are made from lightweight, durable aluminum. They are resistant to rust and corrosion, and durable enough to last for years. Aluminum ramps can come with a non-slip rubber surface or built-in aluminum traction.
Benefits of Bariatric Threshold Ramps
- High Weight Capacity: Designed to support high weights, generally 800 pounds or more. Suitable for heavier individuals or those with high-weight mobility devices.
- Ease of Use: Easy to install and use, providing a smooth way to enter doorways, traverse curbs, and more. Many models can be installed in minutes, without permanently altering your home or business.
- Portability: Many bariatric threshold ramps are portable and lightweight, making them perfect for travel.
Steps to Buying a Bariatric Threshold Ramp
Step 1: Identify the Installation Area
Decide where the ramp is needed, whether it is a doorway, curb, steps, or other raised area.
Step 2: Measure the Ramp Area Size
Measure the spot where you plan to place your new ramp, to ensure that your purchased ramp is the correct size.
Step 3: Choose Between Permanent and Portable
Many threshold ramps are portable and can be moved from one location to another with ease. Choose if you’d like to invest in a long-term installation, or prefer a portable ramp.
Step 4: Choose Your Ramp Material– Rubber or Aluminum?
Aluminum bariatric ramps offer lightweight and mobile options with non-slip surfaces, but they may have limited adjustability and lower weight capacities compared to rubber ramps. Rubber bariatric ramps are more affordable, slip-resistant, and have higher weight capacities, but they can become slippery in wet conditions and may be heavier to move.
Step 5: Evaluate Models and Purchase Your Ramp!
Each model may have different features like non-slip surfaces, adjustability, portability features, and more.