Older adults and those with mobility issues can have serious difficulties using stairs. According to the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), more than 90% of people prefer to stay in their home as long as they possibly can. However, progressive conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis, spinal problems or other aging-related issues can restrict their ability to navigate stairs. Installing a stairlift is an ideal solution in such situations.
Benefits of Stairlifts
A stair chair lift enhances the mobility and independence of seniors to a great extent by helping them to move along the stairs in a comfortable seated or standing position. Installing this accessibility device allows seniors to spend more time at home, allowing them to enjoy all parts of their home easily and independently. These devices also reduce the incidence of slips and falls.
The device also helps users move small objects between floors. They can hold the item as they sit on the lift, allowing it to be conveniently transported to the next level.
Considerations before Purchase
Installing stair chair lift requires adequate space in the staircase. Most of the models are fitted in the staircase and not the wall. If the staircase happens to be narrow, fitting a lift can make it difficult for others who use the stairs.
Factors such as carriage design, height of the seat, manual versus power, and safety features need to be considered. The height of the chair must be such that the user can sit down and stand up easily. A swivel seat ensures user safety as it allows the user to turn the seat away from the stairs and towards the landing, which makes sitting down and standing up easy. Seat belts and under carriage sensors are other desirable and important safety features.
Cost is an important factor to be considered while installing this device. Generally, the cost involved in the purchase and installation may mainly depend on the brand, specific model, product features, and nature of stairs in your home (straight or curved). It is essential to check for grants, deduction and check whether your insurance would cover part of the cost.