Even a small threshold can be a challenge to get over when you’re in a wheelchair, especially with small front casters. A threshold ramp makes the transition a smooth and easy one.
Ramps require less “oomph” and can prevent tripping when using a rollator or walker around the house.
You can either try to build your own ramp or buy a read-made rubber threshold ramp. The rubber ramp can be cut to fit almost any doorway, and it stands up well in harsh outdoor conditions.
Aluminum threshold ramps are also available, at a lower cost than rubber ramps.
Whichever threshold ramp you choose, it should be long enough to make it easy to get over. An abrupt incline is tough to navigate, especially for a wheelchair user with weak arms.
The slope of the threshold ramp should be about 1:12 (1″ height increase per 12 inches of length). For users with more arm strength and for thresholds with less room, the slope can be up to 2:12.
Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to install the threshold ramp. Aluminum ramps are either self-supporting or they need to be secured to the top of the threshold. Rubber threshold ramps can be field fitted with simple cutting tools to fit almost any doorway.