National Take the Stairs Day seems like a well-meaning initiative, but what about those individuals that have mobility issues or limitations? Let’s have a National Take the Stairlift Day, as well, in the name of inclusivity but also to promote autonomy and foster independence among those that may rely on these aids for activities of daily living.
Surely you have heard of National Take the Stairs Day when people skip the elevator and ascend steps and stairs with abandon. What about those that simply cannot climb stairs, due to a physical challenge or mobility issue? Sometimes stairlifts can be more beneficial to an individual than just the fitness aspect of taking the stairs. They represent independence and signify autonomy for many. using mobility aids is worthy of observance and should be embraced. These devices and equipment offer freedom and accessibility to those that use them. Let’s have a National Take the Stairlift Day, as well!
Here are some reasons why:
A national observance such as this symbolizes autonomy. It fosters a sense of freedom and independence in all who celebrate. It reminds folks far and wide to not take mobility for granted and symbolizes a means of holding on to autonomy for as long as possible. The stairlift in and of itself represents independence for the user; after all, lifts increase and enhance access, which goes a long way toward autonomy.
There is something about a common goal that brings people together like a national observance. National Take the Stairlift Day is the perfect platform to garner solidarity and get people to come together and join forces. There is strength in numbers. The advocacy and social policy potential are limitless.
Instills a Sense of Confidence
When people get together to take the stairlift, this may build a sense of confidence in those that use mobility aids regularly. It is an empathetic way to share an experience and try to put yourself in someone else’s shoes, that is what these National observances are all about. Sure, taking the stairs aids in physical wellbeing, but taking the stairlift may help with emotional health and provide newfound self-esteem.
Reduces the Risk of Falls
A stairlift can reduce falls and significantly lower the potential risk of a fall. For this reason, doesn’t it make sense to learn more about them? If someone in your family would benefit from the accessibility and safety of a stairlift, speak with a mobility retailer. Remember also that we are all getting older every day. Consider future needs when deciding on whether a stairlift is worth the investment. We believe it most certainly is!
The of comfort using a stairlift helps to preserve independence. After all, if you can adapt to a tech-savvy device like a stairlift, what can’t you do? Being able to visit second floors and upper levels of the home living environment can open up a whole new world and improve quality of life right away. Think of how your own home is configured and what you would miss out on if you could not access an entire level or floor. Stairlifts allow residents to use and enjoy upstairs areas, including bedrooms, bathrooms, and home offices which is a compelling reason to consider one for your own living environment.
Provides Purpose and Hope
Being stuck in a room or being forced into decisions regarding your living situation is exactly what mobility aids and devices attempt to prevent. There is nothing wrong with needing a bit of assistance, a mobility aid, like a stairlift, can provide hope that you can stay in your home and live life on your own terms. It further reinforces that you can do what you need to do and access all areas within your home. This can create a sense of purpose and optimism about the future that we all need. Take the Stairlift Day may be a gentle nudge for many to improve their own quality of living with one of these clever and convenient mobility aids.
Assists with Aging in Place
Stairlifts provide a critical function in homes and living situations where someone has a mobility issue, challenge, or limitation. For some, stairlifts are the feature that allows them to stay in their own home, safely, to age in place. Aging in place emphasizes the individual’s right to live as they wish, typically, to stay in their own home, as they get older. Part of aging in place is maintaining accessibility to perform ADLs (activities of daily life), which is often the criteria by which seniors are assessed for independent living and home health support.
Let’s have a National Take the Stairlift Day! The folks at Pacific Mobility are here to ensure you have the mobility equipment that you need to live autonomously and comfortably. Call or visit to learn 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)