There are some situations when a stairlift is simply not the best option. Pacific Mobility does not want to sell their consumers aids that they do not need or that could be the wrong mobility solution for them. Talk to a qualified stairlift professional to learn when a stairlift is and is not the best option including some specific environmental concerns or when the individual is not able to operate the lift due to debilitation or medication, for instance.
Stairlifts are life-changing and a positive addition to the home for thousands but sometimes a stairlift is not the best option. Be wary of mobility vendors that try to sell you equipment, including stairlifts, when you have apprehension or simply do not want them. In some cases, a stairlift may not be right. Work with mobility professionals that won’t try to sell you something you don’t want, need, or will get the most from.
Sometimes a stairlift is not the best option, such as in these situations and scenarios:
Are there inherent hazards in the home environment that make a stairlift less feasible? While stairlifts can accommodate practically any type of staircase or step, there are some hazards that might make it less prudent to consider a stairlift in the home. For example, if the home is in disrepair and there are issues related to stability near or around the stairs, a lift is simply not a good idea. Homes that are heavily water-damaged or that have electrical wiring issues are also not great candidates for a lift. In these instances, there are public resources that may be able to assist with upgrading and updating the home to be accessible and safe, while also preparing it for a potential stairlift later. A local chapter for the Agency on Aging would be a good place to start.
Not Clinically Warranted
Another circumstance when a stairlift is not necessary is when it is not medically merited, that is, maybe you simply do not need one! It may also be the opinion of your provider that you climb stairs in your home, either for the physical activity or for recuperative reasons. Perhaps you have had a joint replacement surgery and your physician believes climbing stairs is in your best interest. Even if you could benefit from a lift for a short time, it may not seem worth the effort for very brief rehabilitative periods in some cases. Again, talk to mobility vendors as well as your own practitioners to come to a consensus about which mobility equipment will be the best option for you, your needs, and your living environment- it may not be a stairlift!
Is the primary user on medications that could make operating a stairlift dangerous? The best way to know for sure is to discuss such mobility solutions with the individual’s primary physician or provider. They will have a sense of any medications that could impair the user and make it dangerous for them to self-transport up and down stairs in the home, without supervision or assistance. If the user has a lack of coordination or balance that could cause them to fall on the landings, a stairlift may not be the best choice for the situation.
Does the user have a disease that is fast-moving and debilitating? Is there a chance that they won’t be able to get the most use and money’s worth from a stairlift? In these instances, it might make better sense to rent a stairlift. This provides the chance to benefit from the accessibility, but also the chance to opt for something different as the needs change and arise. Also, if the individual is simply too weak or uncoordinated to use a lift it could pose more of a hazard than a help.
Other Options are Better
Do you even need or want access to the upstairs of your home? In some situations, a stairlift is not offering much more access than the individual already has. Consider how often and for what reason you want to go upstairs, or down, and whether a stairlift is prudent. Also, if your needs are temporary, such as recovering from an operation, you may want to consider renting a lift rather than installing one of your own. Stairlifts are not always the right solution. Talk to a mobility professional to find out what other options exist.
Sometimes a stairlift is not the right mobility solution. At Pacific Mobility, we care about our customers and won’t sell costly mobility aids that are not the right option for the client. Fortunately, there is a wide range of aids and equipment to suit any and all mobility needs. Don’t get pressured into a stairlift when it is not the best solution for you. Call or visit the professionals 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)