Do not be fooled by the common and misguided misconceptions surrounding stairlifts in the home- many people that would benefit from these mobility aids often never delve deeper into the possibility and potential due to preconceived notions. Before you make a decision regarding a lift in your home, let’s clear the air about these five common stairlift misconceptions.
If you don’t know where to turn for the facts, it is easy to get a lot of misinformation related to mobility equipment, like stairlifts. The truth is, it is easy to enjoy the many benefits of mobility aids and devices– as long as you don’t let some common consumer misconceptions get you down.
Let’s clear the air about these 5 common misconceptions surrounding stairlifts:
1. Stairlifts are Difficult to Install and Operate
No! Stairlifts are easy to install- and experts will advise you to only buy from retailers that provide in-home, professional installation service. Make sure that the company you buy your lift from is also willing to service the equipment after the sale; this is important and pertinent to maintaining a warranty on your stairlift, and other mobility aids, as well. Forget the misconception that stairlifts are difficult to install and hard to use- the truth is, they couldn’t be easier!
2. Stairlifts are Obstacles to Others in the Home
Another misnomer surrounds the ability of others in the home to use the stairs or steps around the lift- don’t worry; you can! Stairlifts are designed to allow others to pass the lift by, without tripping on the track or bumping into the seat. Stairlifts have come a long way over the years, and manufacturers recognize the diverse needs of their clientele- as well as the families that live with or support them. For this reason, stairlifts are unobtrusive and noninvasive, providing support as needed and standing discreetly by when not in use.
3. Stairlifts are Noisy
Do not fall for the misguided report that stairlifts are noisy and bothersome- that could not be further from the truth. Contemporary stairlifts are quiet and user friendly, with settings and adjustments that can customize seat and lift to your distinct preferences and specifications. Every consumer has different needs and tastes; stairlifts are designed to have some versatility to appeal to a wider audience. Talk to your vendor or retailer to find out what features are available and how to optimize your use and the performance of the lift. They should be happy to share their expertise with you!
4. Stairlifts Won’t Fit your Stairs
Stairlifts are made to fit a very wide range of stairs, steps, and risers. Stairlifts can be installed indoors and out, making them a viable option for practically any and all stairs in your home or business. Got a spiral staircase? No problem; there is a stairlift for that. Got steps with landings or curves? Don’t worry; there is a stairlift to fit those, too. As long as you buy your lift from a qualified mobility retailer, you should be able to find a stairlift and accessibility solution for any steps or stairs in your environment. Contact our team to learn more.
5. You Don’t Need a Stairlift
How does someone else know what you- the customer- does or does not need; if a stairlift improves your life quality and accessibility, you definitely need and deserve one. This is perhaps the biggest misconception when it comes to stairlifts: whether an individual does need one or qualifies to get one. The best way to determine if you do- or do not- need a stairlift is to speak with someone who knows a little bit about them and that can potentially demonstrate stairlifts in-use. While insurance carriers may require the insight and referral of a primary care physician to cover the cost of lifts, it really comes down to the type of coverage that you have and your physical prognosis.
This brings about another area of much confusion and misinformation. Misconceptions about cost are very common and contribute to many not researching and securing stairlifts of their own. While insurance policies often cover the costs, a mobility retailer should be able to discuss possible financing options with you when you call to inquire about pricing. Stairlifts are often more affordable than the customer thought!
Want to learn more? You can call on the team at Pacific Mobility for the facts regarding stairlifts and whether they are the right choice for you. The service professionals will provide info, assess your needs, and schedule installation from their top-rated team at your convenience. Furthermore, you can rely on our team to support and service your stairlift after you have made the decision to install a stairlift. Do not let your life be impacted and mobility limited another minute; call today.
President, Husband, Father, Grandfather Graduate of UC Davis- Bio Sci Major- Go Aggies! Jeff has extensive experience in all of Pacific Mobility’s products and services, and specializes in accessibility products as well as stairlifts, ceiling lifts and custom wheel chairs. His hobbies include spending time with family, gardening, mountain biking, exercising and off road motorcycle riding.
24 years as Owner/President of Pacific Mobility Center – selling, installing, and servicing stairlifts, porch lifts, ceiling lifts, pool lifts, handicap ramping, specialty wheelchairs, scooters, power wheel chairs, and other power mobility devices
Certified Environmental Access Consultant since 2008
Licensed General Contractor since 1998
Certified Aging in Place Specialist since 2016
Board Member for Home Access Professionals
Member of Association of Members of the Accessibility Equipment Industry (AEMA)