Once you understand the basics of a stairlift, you will wonder why you did not install one sooner! These aids bring ease, convenience, and safety to the home- but actually do so much more to foster independence and support aging in place, too. Here are some things that you should know about buying a stairlift to increase accessibility for you or someone you love.
Would a stairlift make your life easier? There is a lot to know about stairlifts– and a mobility aid retailer should be able to tell you more about incorporating one into your home environment. Stairlifts are life-changing but understanding the basics can help make the transition a smooth one.
A stair lift is a mobility aid that assists by lifting and transporting the user up- and down- a flight of stairs. The misconception lies in what consumers perceive as limitations regarding stairlifts; that is, many don’t think their stairs or steps are compatible with these aids. The truth is, stairlifts are customized and crafted to accommodate any kind of stairs, from curved or spiral stairs to steps that are outdoors in the elements.
Essentially, the rail is mounted to the tread of the steps and the chair or seat is attached to the rail. Whether you have a wide or narrow stairway, there is a lift for that- oh, and don’t worry about the lift inconveniencing or obstructing the passage of others living in the home. Lifts are not as space-consuming or intrusive as you might think!
What are your thoughts regarding aging in place? Do you desire to stay in your current home environment for the rest of your life? Many seniors take great comfort in knowing that they have a home that they can stay in, however, physical issues, limitations, and disabilities can throw a wrench in that plan fast. Aging in place relates to staying in the home you wish, as you wish, asserting your own autonomy and independence along the way.
How does a stairlift fit into this equation? A lift can make the home environment more accessible and accommodating for the seniors living there. Being able to access the upstairs, ascend the porch, or navigate other steps in the home could make the difference between living independently and being forced from your own home.
When you change the home environment to be more accessible and easy to get around, you improve overall life quality. Life is short- why not live your best one? This may include investing in mobility aids that make life a lot simpler. From stairlifts and the ability to access all areas of the home to simple equipment like a grab bar near the sink, shower seat in the bath, or vehicle lift to get driving again, these are aids that contribute to a greater sense of satisfaction and autonomy in everyday life.
If you live with physical limitations or challenges, talk to your doctor about a referral for mobility aids that could have the potential to change your life for the better.
Before you bite the bullet on making an investment in a lift, it makes sense to garner information that helps to make the most insightful buying decision. For example, talk to a qualified retailer of quality mobility aids and figure out which equipment is the best fit for you, your home, and your budget.
A physician may be able to recommend specific devices that might be covered in part by your health insurance carrier.
When buying a stairlift, you will want to go with a company that provides service and support. This is a major, potentially life-changing decision; make sure that you have it properly installed and demonstrated for optimal utility- while also having someone to call if you encounter an issue. Avoid having a layman install your lift as this will make any warranty null and void, while also presenting possible hazards and a risk of property damage, too. Go with the pros.
Do not forget that you have the option of renting or buying previously owned equipment from a reputable mobility retailer, too. Craigslist is not the place to shop for your stairlift! Choose a reputable dealer that can offer a comprehensive needs assessment to pinpoint the perfect options that best suit you. Plus, make sure that you are able to reach out to the seller for support, questions, or problems as needed; this ‘lifeline’ can make all the difference in preventing buyer’s remorse later.
Thinking about a stairlift? It is estimated that nearly 75 million people in this country live with a physical disability- many rely on stairlifts to help them navigate and access areas of their home with ease. If you would like to learn more about how mobility aids could improve your life, talk to the professionals at Pacific Mobility; they offer quality mobility equipment with service and support after the sale.
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)