According to the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA), platform lifts are the recommended solution in settings where a ramp or elevator is technically infeasible or to provide an accessible route in the locations permitted in new construction. However, these accessibility systems are much more versatile than they are generally thought to be. Though they are also called wheelchair lifts, they are useful not just for wheelchair users. They improve access to multilevel buildings for people of all ages who use mobility aids like walking frames, canes, and crutches. They are the ideal option for anybody who finds stairs a challenge such as caregivers with reduced mobility and people with medical conditions such as arthritis and heart ailments.
The ABA recommends the use of vertical and inclined platform lifts to help people negotiate steps, stairs or changes in levels in a variety of settings: