Are you on the fence about whether a stairlift is right for you and your home? Buying mobility aids and equipment like stairlifts is a big decision that requires some thought; will a stairlift provide the accessibility that you need to improve everyday life? You do have options when it comes to mobility solutions, like stairlifts; consider these when making your own personal choices.
Could mobility aids and devices make your life easier? Stairlifts are the perfect solution for those that live on two levels- that is, especially when you have a bath or bedroom on a separate level that you want to maintain access to. Furthermore, there are outdoor styles of lifts that can make it possible to visit your porch, patio, pool, and other outdoor areas that may have been off-limits previously due to physical limitations or mobility issues. Before you jump into anything, consider all your potential options and alternatives to make an informed decision that you will be satisfied with later on.
Not sure if a Stairlift is the right solution for you? Consider these options:
First and foremost, you only want to buy quality equipment that is made in the US and that is serviced by a qualified mobility retailer. Look for brand names like Bruno, that instill trust and reliability in the consumer. These brand names will be easier to service, repair, or find parts for- if needed- and have a record for high performance and customer satisfaction widely. Shop around and see what other customers say about Bruno or other distinct brands in mobility equipment.
You only want to buy equipment like stairlifts from those that offer professional installation of the device. Did you know that allowing someone other than an authorized technician to install equipment can nullify the warranty? Be wary of ever allowing anyone to make repairs, augments, or changes to your stairlift, or other mobility devices. It is simply too risky.
Leases and Rentals
If you are unsure how you will adapt to a stairlift, or if you only need one for the short term due to an injury, surgery, or rehabilitative purposes, you may want to consider a rental. Rent or lease your mobility equipment from a reputable vendor that will install, uninstall, and remove equipment for you, when possible. This is also a good way to determine how a stairlift can improve accessibility and whether it is the right solution for you. Talk to the team to learn more.
Product Warranties and Guarantees
When weighing out your options, remember that it can pay to have a warranty or some type of guarantee from the seller that you will be happy with the equipment. There are different types of warranties available, so speak with your distinct retailer to discuss terms that will work for you. However, you may want to reconsider buying anything that doesn’t offer some sort of warranty against damage.
An alternative that you- as a buyer- have is to purchase second-hand devices and aids. Be wary of buying equipment from private sellers that don’t guarantee your satisfaction or that are selling something as-is. Reputable mobility dealers often offer second-hand or gently used equipment that has been turned in by other consumers that are upgrading their devices. In these instances, you may have more of a guarantee behind the equipment to ensure your satisfaction, as well as someone who will service and support you after the sale.
Service and Support
So, speaking of service and support, when it comes to something like a stairlift, you want to have a reliable resource available to come and address the situation if something goes wrong. How will you know how to use the device? The seller should offer to come and install and then demonstrate the device for the buyer; also, this makes it easy if and when you need repairs. Typically, vendors offer annual inspections of equipment to tease out any problems and maintain the device to keep the warranty active. Speak with your mobility dealer to see if this is their protocol, as well.
Certainly, you have a lot of other options when it comes to mobility equipment that goes far beyond stairlifts. Sometimes simple solutions like grab bars and shower seats can make a significant difference in everyday life- without the need for anything more. The best way to determine your needs and the best options are to visit a mobility professional and see what they have to offer. This may be in-person, on-site, or online; the choice is yours!
When considering your mobility options, call on the industry professionals at Pacific Mobility; they have years in the field and possess the inside scoop on quality brand mobility equipment and devices. For solid service after the sale in the Bay Area, you cannot go wrong with Pacific Mobility. Call or visit 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)