If you have a physical disability or mobility limitations, can you afford to live without a stairlift? Don’t overlook the option of a stairlift in your home living environment. The access provided by these devices increases autonomy, safety, and overall wellbeing, contributing to the concept of ‘aging in place’ for many seniors widely. When you consider the benefits versus the cost, you really cannot afford to overlook the option of a stairlift- speak to a mobility professional today!
Don’t make the mistake of overlooking a stairlift to help you get around the home environment if you struggle with physical limitations, mobility issues, or disabilities. There are mental and emotional tolls that are brought on by physical impairments; a stairlift may provide what you need to take control of your living situation- and life!
Can you afford to overlook the many advantages of mobility aids and equipment in your home? Some of the benefits of stairlifts include:
Sure, stairlifts are an investment but think of the money saved over time. For example, individuals using lifts may not require outside services to complete ADLs (activities of daily living) but rather are able to do them independently with a lift. Furthermore, there are some funding sources like the VA or federal grant money that prospective buyers may be eligible for. Talk to a mobility vendor about Medicaid coverage, too, as that often will foot the bill for a lift. Still not sure if you can afford a stairlift? Ask about payment plans or rentals.
A stairlift facilitates aging in place and autonomy by removing the need for assistance to climb a flight of stairs, access specific areas of the home, or even use the main bathroom of the home. Individuals can use other levels of the home autonomously, which may allow them to sleep in their own bed and regain control over their homes without sleeping in a makeshift bedroom that is more accessible or call in supports.
So, how easy is a stairlift to use and maintain? The answer is very easy; as long as you utilize professional installation- typically offered by the retailer- you can rest assured that there won’t be structural damage or issues afterward. Stairlifts are designed to be discreet and to allow others to use the stairs that may not have physical disabilities. Lifts don’t block or present hazards when installed properly, taking up a minimal amount of space when not in use.
The most compelling reason to look closer at investing in a stairlift is safety and fall reduction; did you know that every 11 seconds, a senior is treated at the ER for fall-related injuries in the US? That equates to around 12 million falls per year, affecting nearly one-third of all older Americans. What is worse is that over half of these incidents happen at home, where you are supposed to be safest! Falls can precipitate serious and significant health problems, with many never fully recovering from the accident. Once someone has taken a fall, it often happens again to at least two-thirds of these individuals within six months. Injuries sustained in a fall are the leading cause of death for Americans aged 65 and older, nearly 10,000 fatalities per year. This makes falls a leading social problem and important issue to be addressed widely; if a stairlift can help to curb a nasty fall, isn’t it worth investigating further?
There is an organic element of engagement and even socialization involved in getting a stairlift. First, visitors may see it as a source of conversation and curiosity. Especially young children may find it fascinating, but please remind them that it is not a toy. Many may want to ask about the benefits and operation of the device, which leads to enhanced socialization with others- integral to overall wellbeing.
The loss of freedom associated with mobility challenges can wreak havoc on mental wellbeing. When freedom is compromised, many can feel powerless and go through periods of depression. Maintain freedom in the home with a stairlift- or other mobility aid. It may also curb the need for outside help to come in and provide services, which may seem intrusive or burdensome to many living with physical afflictions.
Finally, never underestimate the importance of esteem, purpose, and independence- especially for those living with a physical disability. Struggling to complete everyday tasks or ADLs can be embarrassing and cause many to lose their confidence. A stairlift aids in independence, which directly affects self-esteem. This in turn can help trigger a more positive mindset, which is invaluable in overall quality of life.
Are you overlooking the convenience and ease that a stairlift can bring? To learn more about your mobility options, talk to an expert at Pacific Mobility. Preserve your quality of life and protect your independence 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)