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Handicap Elevators

What is a "Handicap Elevator"?

For the elderly or individuals with disabilities, mobility problems make it difficult to attend activities in churches, lodges, and clubs. LULA elevators (Limited Use Application Elevator) from Nationwide Lifts provide an affordable answer to overcome the architectural barriers of these facilities.

LULA elevators, occasionally referred to as "handicap elevators," are used in smaller or limited access buildings where installation of a full-sized elevator isn't possible. They are perfect for churches, non-profit buildings, and small offices. They were created to be a cross between a wheelchair lift and a full-sized elevator to provide access for those who cannot confidently and safely climb stairs.

Dimensions & Features

The LULA elevator is smaller than traditional elevators, at 18 square feet, 3'6" wide, and 5' deep, with optional car sizes, custom interiors, and automatic car doors available. Automatic controls are provided for easy operation and a smooth ride. LULA elevators come with safety features, including an emergency light and alarm, handrails, and a battery powered descent in the event of a power failure.


The LULA elevator exceeds safety codes established by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and comes with everything you find in a residential or commercial-sized elevator and more. There are sensors on the automatic closing doors to keep them from closing on limbs and wheelchairs, an emergency call button inside the car, and a non-skid platform for wheelchair users. There is also an emergency stop button and an emergency braking system.

LULA elevators are specially designed to accommodate people with disabilities and provide ADA-compliant accessibility that meets state and national codes. They feature cabs large enough to accommodate a wheelchair. They have elevator call buttons and handrails mounted at specified heights and door protective reopening devices that will reopen the door without physical contact.


LULA elevators are easy to install with a 14" pit that requires no excavation. There is reduced overhead clearance of 10' 7" that fits within most facilities with maintenance required every six months, compared with monthly for standard elevators so you save on maintenance costs.

LULA elevators are one of the most practical mobility options for seniors and physically impaired individuals to help them move between floors in commercial buildings. They can also be installed in private homes and include stainless steel two-speed doors that provide a sleek, modern look.

Nationwide Lifts, a provider of LULA elevators, offers the industry's best warranty. Please contact us today at 888-323-8755 for more information on LULA handicap elevators. Knowing you've chosen a company with offices across the U.S. gives you peace of mind that your elevator is supported by a large team of highly-qualified professionals who are committed to customer service. We look forward to serving you soon.

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