Stairlifts are handy when you have reduced mobility. This can be as a result of ageing, medical conditions or an accident. No matter the cause of limited mobility, the biggest challenge in such a situation is climbing up and down the stairs.
This is where stairlifts come in handy. Over recent years, they have become a preferred option for the elderly and other people with reduced mobility. This is because of their vast range of benefits which include;
1. You don’t need to move
A stairlift is an efficient, simple solution which means that you don’t have to move out and can stay in your home
2. Piece of mind
Using a stair lift can help reduce the potential for falls, injuries, and it will take the pressure off your joints and your body in general. You’ll have more confidence in yourself and have peace of mind in knowing you are safe when using the stairs. You will have unlimited freedom and you can move around your home without any restrictions or challenges. No more planning your entire day to minimise the number of times you go up the stairs.
2. Stairlifts are safe
A common question among people shopping for a stair lift is, “Are they safe?”. Stair lifts that are installed properly by an experienced provider and used correctly are extremely safe. Manufacturers go to great lengths to make sure their stair lifts meet rigorous safety standards.
Some of these design considerations include:
- Footplate and motor sensors that will detect an obstruction on the stairs and stop the lift
- Seat belts that will keep a rider secured while the lift is in motion
- Swivel seats that will turn away from the top of the stairs while off loading
- Batteries that are constantly charging so that a lift can be used during a power outage
- Optional folding rail at the bottom of the stairs to avoid a tripping hazard
- Enclosed motor to prevent clothing or hair from becoming caught
- Stairlifts also come with a lock switch that prevents the chair from being used by other people especially children
3. Stairlifts are comfortable
There are plenty of features built into the system to make sure you’re comfortable every time you use the chair. Various aspects of the chair are adjustable to make it more easily accessible and also to accommodate your height. The chair also has padded armrests and seat to maximise comfort.
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4. Full access to the staircase
Installing a staircase doesn’t mean the staircase is not accessible by other people. If you choose the right stairlift depending on the staircase you have, access to the stairs will not be blocked. Most stairlifts have foldable chairs and footrest which you can fold away when the chair is at the top or bottom of the staircase to retain full access to the staircase for other people in the house.
5. Stairlifts are easy to use
Stairlifts are not complicated to operate. The system is controlled via a toggle switch located on the armrest. If the chair will be used by more than one person, you can choose to have one that has a remote control switch that allows you to call the chair from the top or bottom of the stairs. To make sure you never run out of charge in the middle of the stairs, stairlifts charge when they are in the park position. This way, even if there is a power loss, you will not lose mobility around the house because the system has a power back-up.
6. Stairlifts are customisable
Stairlifts are not one-size-fits-all, they are tailored to meet your needs and help you overcome the challenges you might be facing in your home. Before the stairlift is installed, an expert will come to your home and assess all the different aspects like the width, length and design of the staircases and install a stairlift that matches these details.
You shouldn’t let mobility challenges lock you out of your home. With a stairlift, you can comfortably, easily and safely go up and down the stairs without any challenges. What’s more, the installation of the stairlifts takes less than a day and it is quick so there’s no reason for you not to consider having a stairlift in your home.