How Hydraulic Systems Support People With Disabilities

How Hydraulic Systems Support People With Disabilities

Filed under - disability platform lifts
July 31, 2019

Hydraulic systems play a major role in our lives making everything we do much easier and safer.  They also enable people with disabilities to live as normal life as possible. Businesses and tourist attractions are making their premises increasingly accessible due to the Equality Act 2010.  These adaptations make a huge difference in the quality of life for people who would normally be excluded from everyday activities. Businesses also benefit from making their premises accessible by having more visitors and gaining good reviews on sites such as Trip Advisor.

Disability platform lifts are a common sight in garden centres, museums, schools, cafes and restaurants. Being able to take a disabled relative for a lovely day out because a venue is accessible makes a huge difference to people’s lives. Many disabled people miss out on doing activities they enjoy because they simply cannot access the venue.  Companies who make the effort to make their premises accessible show that they welcome everyone. This is greatly appreciated by people with disabilities and their families.

Individuals benefit from hydraulic systems in the form of hoists which are operated by carers and medical staff. They allow carers to transport their clients safely from bed to chair without damaging their carers backs.  This not only allows people to spend time with their families it also reduces the risk of pressure sores and infections.  

Disability Platform Lifts

Disability platform lifts are freestanding units that are attached to the building structure at each level.  They are operated by a button that must be depressed throughout the whole journey giving the passenger full control.  There are many safety features such as safety gates which ensure a safe ride. They can accommodate wheelchairs and a small number of standing passengers at any one time.

Hydraulic systems are used to move the lift upwards making the ride very smooth and safe.  Museums, garden centres, cafes and other tourist attractions have disability platform lifts installed to make them more accessible.  Offices and other working environments also install such lifts. This gives employees and clients equal access regardless of any conditions they have restricting their mobility. Hydraulic systems play a major role in allowing people to enjoy pleasures in life others take for granted.

Hydraulic Systems At Home

Sometimes hydraulic systems in the form of hoists enable disabled people to do simple tasks such as getting out of bed in the morning.  People may become immobile for several reasons including, paralysis, brain injury and dementia. These people just cannot mobilise themselves so they rely on hydraulic systems to help them to move to other areas of the house.  Caregivers use hoists and harnesses to transport people from their bed to their chair so they can live as normal a life as possible.

Hydraulic systems mean that very little energy is used to raise the person from a lying position to a sitting position.  Caregivers are trained in moving and handling as well as how to use the harness and operate the hoist. Hydraulic systems in the hoist ensure that they do not injure themselves in the process of helping others.  People who are unable to move would be very isolated and incur many pressure sores without the use of hydraulic systems.
If you would like to know more about hydraulic systems or platform disability lifts contact us and we would be happy to offer advice.