The perks and benefits of a stairlift seem indisputable, but what about those that are still undecided? Some seniors may have reservations regarding the use of a lift and may be anxious about adapting to the device. Make sure to explain the many advantages of a stairlift and reinforce how easy it will be for them to use one. In no time, any user can become comfortable and confident about using their stairlift in the home environment.
When it comes to mobility aids, stairlifts are among those that can change life for the better. The many benefits of having a lift in the home seem obvious, but they may not be to an undecided or reticent senior. Many may worry that the new device will be complicated to use, or they may think it requires more technology than they are comfortable with. The truth is, a stairlift is easy to use and they have the potential to improve quality of life.
When you talk to loved ones about a stairlift, mention and explain these advantages to them:
The reason why many implement stairlifts in their home is to increase independence. There is a particular benefit for wheelchair users as many would simply be unable to ascend or descend stairs without assistance. A lift preserves dignity while providing many with more autonomy, so they can age in place. This is an invaluable reason and advantage of a quality stairlift in the home.
So, accessibility is the next advantage of a stairlift, and other mobility aids for that matter. If you have a second level in your home, it may be inaccessible for someone with a mobility issue, physical limitation, or disability of some kind. A stairlift allows anyone to safely, securely, and autonomously access these different areas of the home, which also contributes to greater quality of life.
A stairlift doesn’t take up much space, so the advantage is that it can fit on most stairs and steps, fitting within the standard-size footprint of the staircase. A lot of prospective users worry that a stairlift will somehow interfere with the regular function and utility of the stairs; they are concerned that it may inconvenience others. A stairlift does not impose or invade the space that non-users have when ascending or descending the stairs. The clever design and compact space are another advantage to reiterate!
If your loved one is worried about a learning curve for using the stairlift properly, tell them not to be. It is easy and very simple to use a stairlift. Plus, the stairlift technician that installs the stairlift will guide, instruct, and demonstrate proper usage. When you purchase your lift from a reputable seller who will provide service and support after the sale you always have someone to turn to if you have questions or concerns later.
The next concern of many undecided loved ones is whether their stairs or home are conducive to a stairlift. Either the steps are too steep, too curved, or outdoors, prospective stairlift users believe lifts are not made for their home; wrong! Stairlifts are remarkably versatile and there are various styles and designs to suit almost any stair, step, or riser that you may have. The best way to determine if a stairlift is a good fit for your home is to speak directly with a mobility aids retailer to find out more.
Remind your loved one that a ride on a stairlift up and down stairs is comfortable, too. The chairs are made for a smooth ride, and plush seating with a security belt ensures the user’s safety during transport. Using a stairlift soon becomes second nature so any awkwardness that your loved one feels during initial use will quickly go away!
There is the advantage of being practical, too, when it comes to installing stairlifts in the home. It is pragmatic to enlist the aid and use resources available to make the home more accessible- it simply makes sense. Less assistance is necessary, plus the added safety measure and reduced risk of a nasty fall- but more on that next!
Perhaps the most important advantage of a stairlift and one that you should emphasize to an undecided loved one is safety: stairlifts make the home environment inherently safer. There is a reduced risk of a fall each and every time your loved one ascends or descends stairs in the home- which is a compelling benefit.
Considering a stairlift for you or a loved one? If you need more reasons why a lift can change life for the better, talk to the team at Pacific Mobility. They have been providing quality mobility aids for generations- and they stand behind the stairlifts and equipment that they sell. 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)