When you look at your options for improving accessibility and safety around the home, stairlifts make good sense. They are easy to adapt, versatile for the environment, and more affordable than you might think. There are many reasons why stairlifts are the sensible solution for so many consumers widely- here are just a few.
If you have issues with mobility or a disability that impedes accessibility, there is some help available. Mobility aids and equipment- like stairlifts- can be the simple solution to access issues that help many consumers live in their own home, regain independence, and stay safe. Talk to a reputable mobility vendor in your area to learn more.
Simply stated, stairlifts just make good sense for so many- here are a few reasons why:
One of the biggest dangers and health hazards facing those with mobility issues, including seniors, is falling. In fact, falls are the number-one cause of accidental death among the over 65 population; they cost billions in health care costs, which ultimately is reflected in higher premiums and medical copays. A stairlift can help curb falls that could occur when going up or downstairs, steps, or risers- which can cause a significant number of injurious falls. Stairlifts provide families with the peace of mind to know that they won’t worry about their loved one falling down the stairs when they are not there. Stairlifts reduce the risk of a fall.
It is sad when an individual cannot access and enjoy all areas of their living environment- including upper levels, both in and outside. A stairlift increases and improves accessibility which can be empowering and liberating. Imagine not being able to sleep in your own bed due to where it is located inside your home… A stairlift makes this a very feasible every day- or night- occurrence. Stairlifts increase access, which contributes to confidence and autonomy, but more on that later.
So, speaking of autonomy, a stairlift provides the freedom and assistance for individuals to live on their own with minimal- if any- help. The comfort and reliability of a stairlift will incentivize individuals to use these devices- and this, in turn, will create more of a sense of independence. No longer will many require caregivers to aid them in going up or downstairs. Furthermore, this may open up outside spaces that are usually difficult to navigate due to steps or inclines; talk to your mobility retailer about outdoor stairlifts and porch lifts. Stairlifts create a newfound sense of autonomy in the consumers that use them.
When discussing autonomy and independence, it merits mention that lifts also contribute to aging-in-place. Aging-in-place refers to the ability to live out one’s years in the way and home that they choose. While this may involve supports, aids, or assistance, it is at the individual’s request and preference. Aging-in-place is often a goal of those that wish to remain in a family home or that fear they will be forced to live in hospitals or homes due to medical issues, impairments, or injuries. Stairlifts can be an important component of a plan for aging-in-place when the time comes.
The bottom line when it comes to mobility equipment, like lifts, is safety. Look at all these benefits of stairlifts: they all come back to the simple issue of enhancing safety for those with physical limitations or mobility issues. When your loved one is safe from falls and injuries, caregivers and family members can rest easy and relax. It is easier to allow your loved one to make their own decisions and stay in their own chosen home environment when you feel that there are safety measures in place, such as a quality stairlift. Whether you are looking for a lift to help get your loved one upstairs to use their bedroom and bath, or if you are seeking a safer way for them to get the most from their outdoor amenities and exterior property possible, a stairlift is a viable and sensible solution that can be customized to suit your distinct needs perfectly.
National Public Health Week
National Public Health Week provides a platform and opportunity to learn more about mobility solutions that can change lives- including stairlifts. Observed annually in April, National Public Health Week shines a light on ways to improve and enhance everyday living for people globally. Due to the recent pandemic, efforts have been made to recognize essential workers and public health efforts regarding Coronavirus including during this week-long observance, but know that mobility plays a large role in holistic wellbeing and also merits attention during National Public Health Week, widely.
Stairlifts make a lot of sense for so many. They improve accessibility, safety, and quality of life- and are worth considering for your own home environment. When you are thinking about a stairlift, visit the mobility experts at Pacific Mobility to learn more about your options.
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)