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Home Elevators for Elderly and People with Disability

  • Published: 2009-08-16 (Revised/Updated 2016-04-06) : Author: Robert H Harris
  • Synopsis: Installing a home elevator including price and types of elevators for use in the home for the elderly and mobility impaired.

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"Home elevators, being a practical solution for the elderly, are available in a variety of models."

Home elevators are a practical solution for the elderly, who desire to lead an independent life even with their mobility challenges. These are convenient, quiet and easy-to-operate equipment which assist in easy movement up and down the floors of your home.

Home elevators have become an inevitable part of modern residences as they offer a practical mobility solution while also increasing the value of the home. With the recent technological advancements major companies provide affordable home elevators suiting various indoor and outdoor transportation needs. Large space, easy mobility, advanced safety features and durability together make modern elevator systems increasingly popular.

Designed to suit every kind of home

Ensuring maximum safety and comfort, residential elevator systems are incorporated with various safety measures such as door interlock system, emergency stop with alarm, power backup facility, telephone, one touch screen controls, cable safety devices and lots more. One of the most important benefits of home residential elevators is that they help people carry heavy loads from one floor to the other. Each model comprises several technical options suiting various home requirements. Besides helping physically disabled people with better mobility solutions these elevators also enhance the value of residences.

Home Elevators with Outstanding Safety Features

Home elevators, being a practical solution for the elderly, are available in a variety of models. Many of them are custom-made so as to meet the unique requirements of individual users. Well-known brands are built with gear-less motors which enable the user to have a smooth ride. The safety measures incorporated in the different models include:

In the present technological age, ADA (Americans with Disability Act) compliant home elevators are very much in demand in multi-storied buildings. This is a great option for individuals, who find it difficult to climb stairs. These devices ensure safe and reliable vertical transportation and aids in carrying groceries and other heavy loads up and down the various floors.

Improve the Lifestyle of All Age Groups

Suitable for indoor and outdoor purposes, residential elevators can be easily integrated into new or existing homes. A typical home elevator consists of an innovative drive system to ensure reliable, quiet and smooth operation. It can be easily operated by people of all age groups. Moreover, it adds value to your home.

An ADA compliant elevator comes with an extensive range of cab finishes and colors to match your interior and exterior decor. It is equipped with excellent safety features such as hoistway and door interlocks, automatic operation, emergency call button, emergency light, alarm, slack chain, cable safety devices, phone, slack chain, locked power cabinets, and handrail.

It is possible to customize the panels, lighting and other elements, so as to match with the interior decorations of your residence.

Infinity luxury elevator is a hydraulic system with a highly efficient drive system. Eclipse elevators deliver outstanding performance and utilize only limited space. Each model of home residential elevator is equipped with diverse systems and options such as energy efficient motor driving system, recessed gate pocket, digital floor indicator and voice trigger controls, making these elevators a highly practical and useful residential mobility solution.

Authorized dealers offer affordable home elevators along with a number of other residential mobility solutions such as stair chair lifts, wheelchair lifts, inclined and vertical platform lifts, ramps and tub lifts.

Types of Home Elevators

One common design for many homes in a hydraulic elevator. A hydraulic elevator is considered to be more safe and reliable in emergencies like fire or earthquakes, as the machine room is located in the basement and the design has a manual lowering system. The machine room, in addition, is installed as part of the foundation for the house.

Another type of home elevator is an electric, or traction elevator. This design of elevator operates by a counterweight that keeps the cab suspended in the shaft. While this design uses no oil, the suspension makes passengers more vulnerable. If your area is more prone to earthquakes, an electric home elevator may not be as stable and does not have a machine room. Another design that doesn't use a machine room is a pneumatic lift elevator. This home elevator uses a pneumatic vacuum that moves cars between floors by suction. As this elevator only holds one to two people, it's not recommended for handicap use. As both of these designs don't use a machine room, the cost of installation is less.

A fourth type of home elevator is an overhead winding drum. As this design doesn't use a machine room or oil, it's often used for "green" elevators. As the overhead winding drum is usually installed into the roof, the elevator cab doesn't rely on counterweights to move.

In terms of size, a home elevator is essentially the same size as a walk-in closet. The cab itself is no more than twelve or 15 square feet, with six inches between it and the wall of the shaft. A machine room, whether in the basement or first floor of the house, is also the size of a small closet. If you're planning ahead and reserving space, the total cost of installing the elevator will turn out to be $17,000 to $35,000, with additional installation and construction costs. In addition, a home elevator should be inspected every six to twelve months, and inspection, as well as additional repairs, adds to the costs of owning a home elevator.

Select the Right Home Elevator that Best Suits Your Requirements

In the U.S industry, Savaria Concord, ThyssenKrupp Access and Federal Elevator are some of the well known manufacturers supplying innovative residential elevators such as Eclipse elevator, Panorama elevator, Renaissance elevator, Telecab residential elevator, Infinity Luxury elevator, LU/LA elevators and Prolift Voyager.

Telecab residential elevator is one of the most popular home elevator models with 2 stops. It is ideally suited for the mobility impaired as it features many safety options to provide a smooth, stable and safe ride. Its specifications include:

ThyssenKrupp Access, Federal Elevator, and Savaria Concord are the leading names in the manufacturing industry. They offer an exclusive range of residential elevators based on the requirements of the elderly and the physically challenged. Before buying an elevator, necessary planning will help you to choose the best one for your residence. Try to acquire as much details about the various models of home elevators including the features integrated in each model. It is also important to have a good assessment about the speed, loading capacity, and cost factor as these may vary according to the models and technology used.

Yet another home elevator is Federal Elevator's Panorama residential elevator with a maximum of 8 stops. It features 60 ft maximum travel, 1000 lbs rated load, 50 fpm maximum speed, manual or automatic swing entrances, automatic controls, hydraulic pump unit of compact design and 1:2 cable hydraulic drive.

Home elevators assist the elderly or physically challenged individuals and infuse in them a remarkable spirit of self confidence. In addition, home elevators can enhance the value of your residence.

Reference: By offering aesthetically appealing home elevators, DAY Elevator & Lift ( offers a new level of freedom for people with limited mobility. In addition to residential elevators, we offer home stair lift systems and wheelchair lifts.

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