Would you benefit from a stairlift? Are you delaying due to five misconceptions about stairlifts that you may be making? If you are holding back from a stairlift because you don’t think you need one, that they are too difficult to install, or other concerns, talk to a mobility expert today about options that can improve your quality of life.
Sadly, many consumers that would benefit from using stairlifts rule-out the potential and possibility of having one installed in their homes. This could be due to common misnomers and five misconceptions about stairlifts that you could be making or influenced by. Break down fact from fiction and learn more about how stairlifts can increase access, improve rehabilitation, and enhance your everyday life.
Five misconceptions about stairlifts that you may be making are:
- You don’t need a lift. If you are recovering from an injury or surgery, you may believe that you don’t need a lift. A lift doesn’t need to be a permanent solution—it also can help with temporary mobility issues and rehabilitation efforts. If your level of mobility is interfering with everyday life, such as decreased access to areas of your home, a lift is a viable option to improve overall living. Still on the fence? Consider your future prognosis and whether your condition could be prolonged or more severe in years to come; some mobility retailers have stairlift rentals available to address temporary situations or skeptical consumers.
- Lifts are difficult to install. Okay, stairlifts can be difficult to install for laymen, but you should only buy a lift from a vendor that offers complete installation in the home. Furthermore, installing your own lift could void any warranty offered by the manufacturer and compromise the safety of anyone using the lift. Make sure to avoid these consequences by working with a company that will install, service, and supports your new lift.
- Your stairs are not conducive to a lift. Take a look at the stairs you are going to augment; do you believe that they won’t work due to an odd angle or curve? Perhaps the stairs seem too-steep or too-shallow to make a lift viable; think again. Mobility experts can customize and install a stairlift system that will work for your distinct stairs—no matter how challenging – and increase access to areas of your home that you may be depriving yourself of.
- You can only use lifts indoors. Another misconception is that you can’t have lifts outdoors in the elements and that they can’t possibly perform when exposed to weather, water, or the environment. You can have lifts outside and regain access to your yard, garden, and outdoor features that could improve autonomy and instill a sense of freedom that you may have lost due to restrictions and limitations with mobility.
- Lifts are cost-prohibitive. Finally, are you resisting a lift because you don’t think that you can afford one? If money is the barrier, talk to the experts before ruling out the benefits of a stairlift in your home. Many times, insurance carriers will defray the costs of a lift, plus there are often financing options available through mobility aid retailers. Don’t live another day without finding out what a lift would cost and if it is a prudent investment for you and your home at this time.
Do yourself a favor and don’t buy second-hand lifts because they are a ‘good deal.’ These lifts may be flawed, outdated, or damaged in some way that could present safety risks in your home. Furthermore, it makes the most sense to buy from a reputable dealer that will install, service, and support your lift after you take it home.
What are you waiting for? Talk to the mobility experts and learn more today:
A qualified mobility expert will be able to sit-down and discuss the pros and cons of a lift in your space. They will cover aspects pertinent to your situation while addressing any concerns you may have and clearing up misconceptions related to:
– Need and physical benefits.
– Installation, service, and support.
– Customization and construction.
– Weather-resistance and resilience.
– Estimates, copays, and costs.
Don’t let misinformation or unfounded claims deter you from gaining independence with a stairlift in your home. Talk to an expert to find out more about what you could be missing!
Have you thought about how stairlifts could improve convenience and access in your home? Talk to your provider and then discuss with a merchant your options. Lifts have come a long way over the years, and many homes are accommodating these aids to increase independence and foster autonomy among those with both short-term recovery and long-term disabilities. Find out more 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)