EXCLUSIVE: What OTs and their clients should consider when planning homelift installations

EXCLUSIVE: What OTs and their clients should consider when planning homelift installations

Alex Austin, Organization Advancement Supervisor at Access BDD

When a homelift is suggested by their OT, lots of clients can be under the impression that installing one will take up a large amount of space. But this is not the case, and, depending upon the type of property, it is likewise possible to have the lift set up on the outside of the building.

The customer and other relative frequently presume it will resemble having a big bulky elevator in their house, however a homelift takes up much less space. For example, our Altura Gold uses up simply 930x950mm.

As more and more people are investing in homelifts, Alex Austin, Business Development Manager at Access BDD– a provider of homelifts, platform lifts and stairlifts– advises what physical therapists (OTs) and their customers ought to think about when preparing such a project.

By encouraging a client to install a homelift, you are not only making the whole property accessible, but you are likewise future proofing it. We are finding that an increasing number of new builds are including one in the initial design to attain this.

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I would also suggest that before completing the purchase, you and your client ask to see at least among their previous setups– if they have happy consumers this must not be a problem.

The Altura variety of homelifts from Access BDD consists of 3 designs: Gold, Diamond and Platinum. All 3 models use differing levels of comfort and have been designed to be easily set up in most indoor and outdoor environments.

Lots of home builders and architects will define an elevator that requires considerably more construction than a homelift. Installation of a homelift is likewise quicker, with the typical installation time being around 3 to seven days, whereas an elevator lift can take up to 6 weeks.

We just recently launched a homelift item configurator for OTs and their clients so they can sit down and specify their lift, put in dimensions, then choose colours, finish, door design etc– it is like picking a brand-new cars and truck. When installed and is currently showing very popular, this allows them to see how their homelift will look.


For a metal shaft, on our smaller sized designs, you need to have a bearing wall for the lift to connect to. If required, we likewise provide free-standing, self-supporting alternatives. Internal homelifts are more popular, but, depending upon the style and construction of the home, an external shaft can often be the only choice.

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Internal homelifts are more popular, however, depending on the design and construction of the residential or commercial property, an external shaft can sometimes be the only alternative.

It is important to make sure there is enough support whether it is a metal or masonry shaft. Within a masonry shaft it needs to be a bearing wall, specifically where the guides will connect to the side of the lift to be able to support the weight of the lifting operation when in usage.

The first thing I would say is call a homelift provider that is local to your client (Access BDD has dealers covering all of the UK). Not just does this mean they will have someone based in your area for maintenance, however, more significantly, if there is ever a technical problem, they have the assurance that an engineer will be able to participate in rapidly.

Whether your customer is moving into a purpose-built brand-new develop or having their existing residential or commercial property adapted to satisfy their changing requirements, there are a vast array of homelift choices available. All of these options are considerably more expense effective than an elevator and, in some circumstances, cost little bit more than a curved stairlift.

While your client and their household might be concerned about how a homelift will search the ground flooring, they also need to think about landing space/headroom on the leading floor. You require to ensure there is enough space for the complete lift, especially on the top floor where there may be a sloped ceiling. If this is a problem, the door height of the lift can be minimized.

To adhere to European policies, a homelift can run out than 6 stops and travels at a maximum seed of 0.15 meters per second, so to obtain from ground level to the 4th flooring would take around one minute.

Many contractors and designers will specify an elevator that needs considerably more construction than a homelift. One of the significant benefits of a homelift is that it requires a much shallower pit of just 50mm. Setup of a homelift is likewise quicker, with the average installation time being approximately three to 7 days, whereas an elevator lift can take up to 6 weeks.

While your customer and their family might be concerned about how a homelift will look on the ground flooring, they likewise need to consider landing space/headroom on the top floor.

For more info on the full range of homelifts, stairlifts and platform lifts, or to discover your closest Access BDD dealership, call 01642 853 650, go to the site or e-mail info@accessbdd.com