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Wheelchair ramp advice

PippaT1966PippaT1966 Member Posts: 33 Connected
Our daughter has just got her first power chair, having previously had a folding chair which we would lift over the door and set up for her outside.
We have a uPVC porch which has a lip both inside and outside the door, so we needed a ramp that does both angles. We've got a bridging ramp, but of course you have to put it down and then remove it to shut the door. She can step out of the chair (she has ME so can walk a bit, just not past the end of our drive) but she can't lift a portable ramp herself, so ideally we'd like a ramp which means she can use it when we're not at home, either something we could put in the porch with the door shut before we go to work, or something permanent. 

Can anyone advise where to find something? Everything online is a temporary ramp as far as I can see, or heavy so she couldn't put it in place herself. Or do we remove the uPVC porch and put something else in? 


  • forgoodnesssakeforgoodnesssake Member Posts: 326 Pioneering
    We had a similar issue for years and eventually, as part of a bigger DFG project, we changed the doors for one wider, sill-less one and now it's fine!
  • PippaT1966PippaT1966 Member Posts: 33 Connected
    Thanks! My husband isn't keen but ultimately if it means we could get a ramp down the front which we could leave out and shut the door behind us, that would be great. Was it a bit job?
  • pollyanna1052pollyanna1052 Member Posts: 1,999 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi, my access is out through our conservatory and hubby had to modify the door sill to make it flat. It works well and I go out onto a ramped deck. Regular upvc doors do have a high sill. It would be a job social services could do, as an OT would probably deem it essential.
  • PippaT1966PippaT1966 Member Posts: 33 Connected
    Ah, OK. I hadn't thought about social services or the council doing it. 
  • forgoodnesssakeforgoodnesssake Member Posts: 326 Pioneering
    Our door is not a UPVC, cos as poster above says, they all have sills or tend to.  Ours is what I think they call composite, and instead of a sill there is a small drain thing right across the front of it (in the ground) and there is also a bit of a **** (not sure of technical term) to stop any ingress of rain or water.  the front of our house gets much of the wind/rain but in more than 9 years we have had no issue with water (or drafts) at all.  Our whole front garden/drive area was changed to make a gradual slope up to to the door.  It's not huge but the level change needed wasn't that much.
  • April2018momApril2018mom Member - under moderation Posts: 2,882 Member - under moderation
    Hello. My young son is a full time wheelchair user due to lower body paralysis caused by his primary disability, open defect spina bifida and we had to have a wheelchair ramp fitted to our car so that he could independently and safely wheel himself up to the floor on which we live from our car. He has a manual chair as he has a good level of upper body function and control however. Feel free to message me if you have more questions. 

    This is something that a occupational therapist can advise on. Call or email your local social services team first thing tomorrow to ask them
    questions and to get the ball rolling. Best of wishes! You will also need to apply to the local council for planning permission. But the first step of the process is a assessment by a occupational therapist. The council will need to do a complete wheelchair ramp risk assessment first on your property.
    You can find more information on the process on this site as well https://aspiregb.com/wheelchair-ramp-safe-setup/. Good luck to you. 

  • CurtCurt Member Posts: 3 Listener
    edited January 13
    Heres some links to ramp companies, encase. I hope they can be of use.


  • PippaT1966PippaT1966 Member Posts: 33 Connected
    Thanks! We went for having the entire front of the porch removed, and a low threshold UPVC door put in, with a small rubber ramp at the front. It works perfectly!

  • Ross_ScopeRoss_Scope Community Team Posts: 2,013 Pioneering
    Glad those things are working so well for you @PippaT1966 :) 
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  • ShezzShezz Member Posts: 39 Connected
    I not left my house for a year and have ramp issue. I cannot use my mobility shooter. Even with a metal ramp it get stuck on the door threshold. I can't manage to put the ramp outside due to imobility with my right side. I have no live in helpers or visiting carers.

    I lost my PIP status whilst going to AN ASSESSMENT. It was also the first day l used my brand new scooter and had an accident with an arriva bus on the way to the assessment. Ended up in traction in accident and emergency. 

    My luck went from bad to serious deprivation. I am now once again trying to challenge unfair system. I do not deserve to be punished which I feel has been the case, unfairly so. 

    I need to breath God given fresh air. 

    Can anyone advise.

  • Ross_ScopeRoss_Scope Community Team Posts: 2,013 Pioneering
    Hi @Shezz

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  • ShezzShezz Member Posts: 39 Connected
    Thanks Ross how are you ? 
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