A lift seems like a comprehensive and holistic solution to physical disabilities or mobility limitation, but what if you have multiple stairways in your house? Learn how to choose the best solution to make your home accessible and handicap-accessible and meet with a mobility expert for thorough assessment and support.
Got multiple stairways or steps in your home? Here’s how to choose the best solution:
It may seem difficult to find solutions to the multiple stairs, steps, or risers in your home that are also cost-effective and feasible to implement. Before ruling-out any possible strategies, talk to an expert in mobility solutions to make informed buying decisions.
Some options to consider include these mobility solutions:
You will find that you have a lot of freedom and versatility with a free-standing lift, as it can be easily moved and modified as needed by the user. If you have numerous stairs or steps throughout the living space, a free-standing lift may be your best option. These are ideal for those with limitations that impact getting up, down, and navigating the home, as well as for those recovering from injuries or rehabilitating from surgery.
Porch and Platform Lifts
Another lift with a lot of flexibility is a porch or platform lift; It is an excellent option for navigating levels or risers in the home that you use regularly, frequently, and consistently, such as a sunken living space or an outdoor area that you are fond of. Furthermore, using porch and platform lifts couldn’t be easier!
Ramps are great for temporary situations, homes, or rehabilitation; these are affordable and often the best solution for those in wheelchairs and scooters. Ramps also are a great option for less-traversed and traveled stairs or steps in the home; for example, a set of steps into your garage or basement. Ramps make it accessible for many impairments, without making a significant investment.
You may also want to segregate living to one level to improve access and autonomy when living with limitations or disabilities. Consider where your bathroom and kitchen utilities are located and reconfigure living spaces to accommodate your lifestyle. This could also make a more permanent solution like a stairlift a viable and pragmatic option for your distinct dwelling.
Entrance and Exit
It is imperative to begin your accessibility strategizing by considering the entrance and exit from the home and taking overall access for others, such as emergency personnel, into account. Also, think about how you will enter and egress your home; this could be the best spot to consider mobility options. After all, getting in and out of your home is part of everyday living and an activity that you should not have to compromise during recovery or rehabilitation.
Don’t go it alone; consult with a mobility expert today
Making the decision to create a more accessible living-space is something that you should do after consulting with mobility experts. These professionals are in the best position to provide clear, accurate information that may point toward the most practical option for you and your home at this time.
Some things to discuss with a reputable mobility professional include:
Think twice about working with mobility aid dealers that don’t offer a thorough assessment of your needs before trying to sell you equipment. This could indicate the level of service that you can expect later on after the sale is made.
Support and Service
Ask questions and do your research about the level of support, repair, and installation services that the mobility vendor will provide. Know that you can contact them for problems, issues, and concerns and get a prompt response and action to your query. Online feedback, ratings, and reviews are very helpful in this task.
Don’t be shy about expressing your personal preferences when shopping for mobility aids. Work with retailers that allow you the chance to try out equipment to determine which ones are the most comfortable and feasible for your lifestyle.
Only you know what you can feasibly afford for your mobility solution budget. Don’t allow vendors to upsell or harangue you into buying something that stretches your resources. Talk to professionals that will discuss payment options and arrangements, including rentals, second-hand devices, and your insurance coverage, before asking you to sign on the dotted line.
When investing in mobility aids, equipment, and devices, also consider your future needs. Are your limitations permanent? Do you have a debilitating medical issue? What is your prognosis? These questions can indicate future needs and the best devices and modifications to keep you autonomous for years to come.
Got a bunch of stairs in your abode? No problem; talk to the mobility experts at Pacific Mobility and benefit from their years of experience and favorable customer feedback. Even making a small adaptation, such as a ramp near your front stoop, deserves the time and effort of discussion with a true mobility professional. Call for your consultation 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)