If you are going to invest in a stairlift, it makes sense to customize and personalize the device to suit your personal needs and preferences. Consider features like seats, rails, footrests, and materials when crafting your own custom lift- and also talk to a mobility retailer about inherent challenges, like curved or complex stairways, for additional customization and personalization options.
When it comes to mobility devices, there are few aids as life-changing as a stairlift. A stairlift can open up areas of the home that were previously inaccessible, facilitating autonomy and aging in place for those that use them. Furthermore, a stairlift can help reduce the risk of a nasty fall that could lead to subsequent health problems, rehabilitation, or even death; falls are the number-one cause of accidental death among those Americans over age 65.
A stairlift is a prudent investment, but why not go a step further? Consider having your lift customized and personalized to suit the distinct environment it will be installed in, as well as your own personal needs and preferences:
Probably the first thing that buyers think of customizing on their lift is the seat; it is easy to have the seat adapted and augmented to fit the user’s distinct preferences. Swivel seat options also increase accessibility and convenience, as they often turn a full 90-degrees for the user to exit when done using the lift. Power swivel seats are another option that buyers will find when perusing selections for purchase.
Another very popular personalization made to quality stairlifts is a folding rail. The rail is what meets the step at the bottom of the stairway- permitting the user to safely exit the lift. A folding rail extends further, thus promoting a sense of safety and security for anyone who uses the device. Folding rails allow you to fold and remove them during times when the lift is not in use, preventing any kind of obstruction or obstacle near the lift. There are many different sizes and types of rails; the best way to find a good match for your lift and living environment is to browse buying options from sellers in your area or online. Make yourself familiar with the offered styles and take a few measurements of your own to see what may work best in your home.
If you happen to live in an environment with others, you may choose to fold up your stairlift when it is not in use. This involves flipping up seats and seat arms, while also leaning to fold-in the footrest; save yourself the trouble and potential fall risk by investing in custom power or auto folding footrest options when personalizing your stairlift. This feature allows the footrest to automatically fold on its own when the seat is moved or flipped when not in use. Think of how this will save on your physically, day after day; this customization could be a compelling choice for those that live with chronic pain conditions, too.
Fabric & Materials
Do not underestimate the value of having options when it comes to the fabric and composition of your new stairlift. Sure, adding a folding rail or power options is a pretty common customization found among stairlift buyers, but what about things like the fabric choices and colors available? This may also be a significant concern depending on the individual’s sensitivities, sensations, and tastes; plus, many buyers want fabric and seats that coordinate and complement the rest of their home surroundings. Do not be afraid to ask your mobility representative about what choices you have- after all, you are the one who will be using the equipment for many years to come!
Maybe you live in a situation that makes a stairlift more complicated? If so, talk to a qualified mobility retailer about curved stairway options. Lifts can be adapted and installed to fit your distinct stairway, steps, or risers; don’t assume the task is an impossible one. Stairlifts are installed inside, outside, and even in a swimming pool! When reviewing your options in mobility aids and solutions, talk to a Bay Area mobility retailer to learn more, first.
Want to learn more about your customization and personalization options? Talk to an industry professional at Pacific Mobility; they can discuss options, features, and price- and get a lift installed in your home right away. Stairlifts can enhance independence and foster aging in place, whereas you stay in your own home environment as long as possible throughout your lifespan. Aging in place embraces making your own choices, which requires staying healthy and well in the meantime. Stairlifts curb falls, which can seriously compromise health and wellbeing. Don’t let accessibility impede your quality of everyday life; talk to a mobility aids dealer 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)