Wondering what medical conditions merit mobility equipment, such as a stairlift? The fact is, there is a wide gamut of diagnoses that warrant the support and assistance provided by stairlifts. Learn a bit more about five common conditions made much more bearable with the accessibility of a lift in the home.
Do you struggle getting around your home environment? Is it possible that your life would be made easier with stairlifts and mobility aids to increase access? If you have concerns that you could be losing independence or if you struggle with ADLs (Activities of Daily Living), you might be a perfect candidate for a stairlift in the home. Before giving up your autonomy, learn more about how a stairlift can change life as you know it.
Five Conditions that may benefit from a stairlift in the home are:
If you live with neuropathy, you know how it can affect your mobility and independence. Not to mention, neuropathy is a very painful condition that ebbs into every aspect of everyday living. The two primary causes of neuropathy are alcohol abuse and diabetes, but kidney disease can also cause painful leg neuropathy in many sufferers. Over time, it may become extremely painful if possible at all to ascend stairs or navigate the home environment; a stairlift may make it possible to access upstairs spaces of the home and live with more freedom.
In addition to neuropathy, diabetes can cause other consequences that make a stairlift pragmatic. For instance, chronic diabetes may lead to amputations of feet or legs, which make a stairlift a necessity. Additionally, anyone who struggles with the health repercussions of obesity may find going up and down stairs strenuous, if not impossible. A fall could cause serious compromise to the individual and any preventative measure- including mobility aids like stairlifts- are viable and worthwhile expenditures. Injurious falls lead in causes of hospitalizations and subsequent loss of independence.
Do you live with arthritis? You may not realize how severe and debilitating arthritis can be; for many, it is a life-long affliction that they first experienced as a young child. If you have arthritis, a stairlift may be life-changing in terms of accessing areas of the home and doing for yourself. Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis cause joint pain and stiffness, which can make ascending stairs very difficult. A stairlift can reduce stress and strain on these sore joints, improving pain levels and overall quality of life. Furthermore, the swelling and edema often associated with arthritis may make stairs simply too difficult on some days; a stairlift in the home offers an alternative that may be needed on some occasions, but not on others.
4. Muscular Diseases
Conditions impacting the muscles make stairs difficult if not impossible; some conditions, like MD (Muscular Dystrophy), CP (Cerebral Palsy), MS (Muscular Sclerosis), and Parkinson’s, are examples of diseases that can impact muscle control and movement. Additionally, these strike mobility, often waxing and waning, which makes the option of a stairlift practical and reassuring. Some of these conditions are gradual and progressive, so a stairlift provides support as it is needed. Talk to your occupational therapist or practitioner to determine if a stairlift makes sense for the condition that you are living with.
5. Respiratory Issues
Another reason to install a lift in the home could be due to respiratory disorders, like COPD or emphysema. Also, stairlifts may be advised for people living with lung or heart conditions that should limit physical activity that puts additional strain on their vital organs. Lifts allow folks that live alone the opportunity to age in place and stay in their own home, despite existing medical issues or conditions. For many, a stairlift provides enough support to allow them to live autonomously longer, enjoying access to the upper levels of their home, which may be where their bedroom or bathroom is located.
There are also a lot of times that a stairlift is used for short term use, such as a rental following surgery or as part of rehab. It can make it far more pragmatic for those in rehabilitative programs to garner independence while recovering and performing therapeutic exercises. It provides support that may make it possible for some to return home from skilled nursing settings as they recuperate and heal from operations, injuries, or medical issues. For many, this is a more therapeutic environment that provides motivation and incentive to heal.
Think your life would be easier with a stairlift? Talk to your provider, and come see the industry professionals at Pacific Mobility. The right equipment, including stairlifts, can restore a sense of security and control that may be missing in the lives of those living with chronic and acute medical issues. Check out what a stairlift can do for you; visit or 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)