It can be tough separating the facts from fiction when it comes to stairlifts and mobility equipment. Be wary of wild claims and fake reviews do your own research and work with reputable mobility vendors to find the best fit for your needs.
There is a lot of information floating around regarding stairlifts and other mobility devices. What can you trust and believe? When it comes to evaluating fact from fiction, do your own research into mobility aids before buying. Also, work with reputable retailers with experience selling, installing, and servicing stairlifts and equipment for the best results and greatest satisfaction later.
Here are some common facts and some fiction, too regarding stairlifts:
Fact: Stairlifts Increase Access.
It is a fact that stairlifts increase access, which can have ripple effects on the life of someone with mobility challenges or limitations. For instance, a stairlift and subsequent access to various levels in the home environment may increase the individual’s autonomy, while allowing them to remain safely in the home environment across the lifespan.
Fact: Stairlifts are Unobtrusive.
Another equally true fact about stairlifts is that they are unobtrusive to others living in the home environment that may use the stairs, but that do not need to use the lift. The way lifts are installed ensures easy negotiation past on the steps, so others can use the stairs with ease and without interference from a stairlift.
Fiction: Stairlifts Won’t Work in My Home.
It is a common misconception that stairlifts only work on one type of very standard staircase. That is simply not true. Stairlifts are constructed to fit and accommodate a wide range of stairs, steps, and risers, including curved staircases or those with landings. Talk to a mobility expert to be sure, but you can be confident that there is a stairlift that will work in your distinct home.
Fact: Stairlifts are Safe and Secure.
The whole point of a stairlift is to increase safety, so yes, stairlifts are safe and they keep the user secure. First, lifts are fitted with seatbelts that keep the user in a comfortable and safe position for the ascent or descent; second, there are sensors on stairlifts that recognize when there is a blockage or obstacle in the path.
Some manufacturers make recommendations, including wearing clothes that fit well and that are not too loose and drapey when using the lift. Read and refer to the owner’s manual that pertains to your stairlift for more information regarding proper use and safety.
Fiction: Stairlifts are Complicated.
There is nothing complicated about a stairlift. They are easy to use and typically have a handheld control that allows you easy utility. There are some common stairlift tips and tricks that can make it even simpler, too!
The installation of your lift is key and could be complicated, which is part of the reason why you should only allow a qualified mobility equipment technician to install, service, or repair your lift. Allowing someone other than this to work on the lift could nullify your warranty. Be safe, not sorry, and work with a qualified professional.
Fact: You Can Rent a Stairlift.
Did you know that you may be able to rent a stairlift? This makes it a viable option when you only need the equipment for the short term or on a temporary basis. This might be a feasible path to take when recuperating from surgery or an injury, or if you have guests with mobility issues. Again, work with a qualified company that can provide support and service later, too.
Fiction: Second-hand Stairlifts are Better.
Do not make the mistake of buying a secondhand lift from someone off Craigslist: buy only from a qualified seller. Sure, you may find deals on lifts that seem like a bargain but be careful. Buying from a qualified vendor ensures that you have service and support, as well as a warranty in most cases. Remember that the return on your investment for a stairlift is invaluable; talk to a mobility retailer to find out more about the costs associated with a new lift.
Fact: Stairlifts Can be Installed Indoor or Out.
Yes, you can get a stairlift installed inside your home or outside. There are lifts to fit a wide range of situations, configurations, and locations. Where do you need your stairlift? The best way to determine which lift is best for your home environment is to talk with a qualified mobility retail professional directly. Every home and lift is different; find the best options for you!
Sort through the facts and fiction to find the information you need to make a decision regarding a stairlift for the home. Stairlifts have come a long way over the years and you have more buying choices than ever before. From indoor lifts to go upstairs, to an outdoor lift to access a deck or porch, accessibility, and convenience can be yours!
Come see how a stairlift can change everyday life for the better. Talk to the team at Pacific Mobility to find out 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)