Stairlifts are something that many people do not think about until they need one and are ready to install one in their home. The truth is, it is never too soon to consider the compelling reasons why a stairlift could be a life-changing investment now and later, for many. If you have plans of staying in your own home as you get older, start thinking now of ways to make it accessible and feasible for you across the lifespan.
Thinking about buying or installing a home stairlift? Stairlifts are life-changing when it comes to improving accessibility and fostering convenience around the home. Do not underestimate how a stairlift can also age in place with you, too. There are some compelling benefits of a stairlift- and other mobility aids– that could make a huge difference in your life later.
Stairlifts are a practical aid that you may want to consider; here are some reasons why:
Some Stairlift History
Did you realize that stairlifts have been around since the days of King Henry VIII? It is true; this Royal’s obesity made it tough for him to ascend the stone stairs of Whitehall Palace to his bedroom at night, so his staff figured out an early variation of a stairlift to accommodate his bulky girth.
This early ingenuity paved the way for more contemporary takes on the stairlift, including one version that implemented a block and tackle type system.
The first modern-style stairlift emerged around 1920 but was called ‘inclinators.’ These early models were expensive and complicated to install, but still played a key role in the smooth, seamless stairlift transfers that we enjoy now.
Current stairlifts from reputable brand names like Bruno offer the user a wide array of options and amenities that make their stairlift an invaluable fixture in the home. Whether you are seeking access to the upstairs of your home or outdoor living space, like a deck, there is a stairlift that will fit and work for you. Inside and out, stairlifts have come a long way!
American culture has made stairlifts more common, through their portrayal in the media. From advertising and marketing that target older individuals to movies and entertainment that feature protagonists with physical limitations.
Some movies, such as Dustin Hoffman’s “Quartet” have focused on this mobility aid in a way that brings some focused attention to the stairlift, as opposed to the way stairlifts were featured as props in films like “Gremlins” and the animated movie “Up.”
This exposure has destigmatized stairlifts and debunked this mobility aid as something that is either not affordable or not clinically necessary.
Wide and Varied Applications
Stairlifts make perfect sense, but not just for humans. The concept of a stairlift is to help transport the rider up steps, stairs, or risers- so why must you be human to benefit from a stairlift? Stairlifts and mobility aids are now being adapted to suit our four-legged family members and friends with mobility needs. Dogs are being fitted for lifts that help them tackle stairs with ease- that is operated by the touch of a paw.
These are commonly being seen in rehabilitative environments, helping animals regain use of limbs after surgeries or allowing them freedom and movement after traumatic injury. The widespread applications of a lift-type device are limitless- and the potential is astounding.
Aging in Place
When buying a stairlift, there is increased accessibility which could cut down on the need for or dependence on others. Mobility issues could contribute to many people moving from their current homes- often homes they have lived in for generations- and into assisted situations and settings.
If a stairlift prevents this from occurring, isn’t it worth exploring and pursuing further?
If you have plans to age in place, that is, if you want to maintain the choice to remain in your own home as you get older, then learn more about mobility aids that can enhance everyday ADLs or activities of daily living.
Holistic Health and Happiness
Did you know that a stairlift can be as good for the mind as it is for your physical body? It is true- the relief and security provided by a reliable stairlift is unsurpassed- and it can lower stress and anxiety in those with physical limitations or mobility issues.
Furthermore, the reduced risk of a fall and subsequent injury make them a prudent preventative health practice. By improving the individual’s sense of well-being with a stairlift, it brings feelings of confidence and greater autonomy. This all contributes to an overall improvement in quality of life.
Stairlifts have the potential to change lives for the better.
Find out more about installing and implementing a stairlift in your home or other environment today! For the latest in high-quality mobility aids and equipment, talk to the industry professionals at Pacific Mobility.
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)