For most of us, going up or down the stairs is part of our everyday routine. However, for elderly and mobility impaired individuals, the mere task of moving to another floor of their home can be both painful and difficult. Oftentimes, that person decides that the best course of action is to move into a one-story house or apartment. However, for people looking to stay in their original home, a stair lift will make for the perfect home modification. Here is why:
Modern stairlifts are comfortable and safe. A height adjustable seat guarantees a comfortable ride up or down the stairs. That same seat will swivel outwards in order to facilitate you getting off and on the stair lift problem-free. Moreover, when the device starts and stops, it will do so at a slow and gentle speed.
A new stairlift puts safety first. They usually come equipped with two batteries which in case of a power outage, will allow the chairlift to continue to operate. These devices also feature obstruction sensors, meaning that if a person or an object gets in the way of the stairlift, the device will come to a safe stop. An adjustable seat belt will also ensure the safety of the person using it.
A stairlift will be easy to use. Most stair lifts in the market are extremely simple to operate. A rocker switch on one of the armrests allows you to control the stairlift’s movements at the simple touch of a button. In addition, a wireless call/send — available in some models– will allow for simple operation by a family member or caregiver.
In addition, there are two types of stairlifts: straight stairlifts and curved stairlifts. Straight stairlifts fit most standard, straight stair cases. Often times, home modification experts will only have to know the number of steps and distance between the first and last step in order to quote you a price for the project. Curved chairlifts however, are more complex as they need to be custom fitted to your space. If you have a curved staircase at home, it is most advisable for a stairlift installer to visit you at home in order to generate an adequate quotation. In terms of pricing, the curved stair lift is always pricier as it requires the aforementioned customization.
If you’re considering a stairlift for your home, don’t hesitate to give the experts at Vital Mobility a call for a free home estimate today!