Posted on July 10, 2010
(Long Beach, CA)— A 23 foot steel wheelchair ramp helps rehabilitation therapy staff at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. The staff at the rehabilitation therapies department assist patients regaining their mobility. An Amramp wheelchair ramp system was donated by a local company, AmRamp Los Angeles from Torrance. The wheelchair ramp system will enable patients to practice walking up and down wheelchair ramps to regain their mobility.
This wheelchair ramp system is comprised of 18 feet of sloped ramping. The wheelchair ramp system is designed to simulate a ramp going up 18 inches of rise or (height) which is equivalent to the properties of a common California house with three steps. The actual wheelchair ramp climbs at one inch of height for every foot of length. That provides the user with a gentle slope ratio recommended by the guidelines written in the Americans with Disabilities Act. The top of the wheelchair ramp has a five foot square landing platform which will enable the user to turn around safely and then descend using the 18 foot wheelchair ramp. The entire wheelchair ramp and platform has dual hand rails on all sides.
Brett McKee, of Amramp – Los Angeles became aware of the need for support at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center when attending a presentation of their unique Spinal Cord Injury Program. McKee said, “We are pleased to help the Rehabilitation Department staff to assist their patients in regaining their walking skills.”
This training program concentrates walking practice of the patient on a treadmill. Roger Kim, Team Leader of the Spinal Cord Injury Program and Rehabilitation Therapies said, “This wheelchair ramp system will allow our patients to practice their walking on a safe and realistic environment.” The wheelchair ramp system will be used for both in patient and out patient rehabilitation therapies. Spinal Cord Injury Program participants will be able to progress with their mobility skills using the wheelchair ramp.
Amramp is the leading company in the United States specializing in modular steel wheelchair ramps, offering ramps for disability access that enable the aging and disabled populations to remain in their homes. Wheelchair ramps can be installed temporarily for short or long term needs without damaging the housing structure as they are not a permanent modification to the home. Amramp’ products comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and are available for sale or rental with no minimum time frame and no wheelchair ramp size restrictions.
Amramp – Los Angeles has been providing accessibility ramps in the greater Los Angeles area since May, 2007 and has six employees. Services are also provided now in Northern California.