Platform lifts are like personal open elevators that can be installed inside and outside of the home. People often choose a residential platform lift instead of a ramp for certain applications due to space efficiency and ease of use. Because there must be a foot of ramp for every inch of rise, a ramp can become very long for the space and tiring for the mobility device user. You will most often find residential vertical platform lifts on porches or decks to provide access into the house from the outside. In some cases, people need a lift in their garage for access into the house. Inclined platform lifts can also be used inside the home to access different levels of the home without stairs.


Platform lifts in residential homes offer several significant benefits:

Independence: Platform lifts empower wheelchair users and those who have difficulty navigating stairs to move between different levels of their homes independently, without relying on assistance from others. This promotes a sense of autonomy and freedom in daily activities.

Accessibility: By eliminating barriers like stairs, platform lifts make all areas of the home accessible.

Safety: Platform lifts provide a safe means of vertical transportation, reducing the risk of accidents or injuries that may occur when navigating stairs. This is particularly important for members of the FOP community who may have limited mobility or balance issues.

Quality of Life: By providing seamless access to all areas of the home, platform lifts contribute to an improved quality of life.  They promote greater social inclusion, participation in activities, and overall well-being by removing physical barriers to mobility.

Customization: Platform lifts can be customized to suit the specific needs and preferences of the users, including factors such as weight capacity, platform size, and design aesthetics. This ensures that the lift seamlessly integrates into the home environment while meeting individual requirements.


When purchasing a platform lift for a residential home, several important factors should be considered to ensure that the chosen lift meets the specific needs and requirements of the user and the home environment.
  • Accessibility Needs: Assess the specific accessibility needs of the individual(s) who will be using the platform lift. Consider factors such as mobility limitations, wheelchair dimensions, and any other special requirements.
  • Space Availability: Evaluate the available space in the home where the platform lift will be installed. Consider factors such as floor layout, ceiling height, and the location of existing structures like walls, staircases, or doorways.
  • Type of Lift: Choose the most suitable type of platform lift for the home environment. Options include vertical platform lifts (VPLs), inclined platform lifts (IPLs), and portable lifts. Each type has its own advantages and considerations regarding installation, space requirements, and operation.
  • Weight Capacity: Ensure that the platform lift has an adequate weight capacity to safely accommodate the user(s) and any accompanying mobility devices or equipment. Factor in potential future needs or changes in weight.
  • Safety Features: Prioritize platform lifts with robust safety features to protect users during operation. Features such as safety sensors, emergency stop buttons, non-skid surfaces, and handrails are essential for preventing accidents and ensuring user confidence.
  • Installation Requirements: Consider the installation requirements of the platform lift, including electrical and structural considerations. Determine whether any modifications to the home, such as electrical wiring or structural reinforcement, will be necessary.
  • Code Compliance: Ensure that the chosen platform lift complies with relevant building codes, regulations, and accessibility standards in your area. This includes requirements related to safety, accessibility, and installation.
  • Ease of Use: Choose a platform lift that is user-friendly and easy to operate for individuals with varying levels of mobility and dexterity. Features such as intuitive controls, remote operation, and smooth transitions enhance usability and convenience.
  • Maintenance and Service: Consider the long-term maintenance requirements of the platform lift, including servicing, repairs, and warranty coverage. Opt for lifts from reputable manufacturers with a track record of reliability and responsive customer support.
  • Budget: Evaluate the cost of purchasing, installing, and maintaining the platform lift, taking into account your budget constraints and any available funding sources or financial assistance programs.

Platform lifts are purchased through specialized companies such a medical supply stores.