Why Bring A Stair Lift Into Your Home

Why Bring A Stair Lift Into Your Home

straight stair lift installed December 2016

straight stair lift installed December 2016

 

At any given point, most adults lose the ability to move up and down the stairs. Mobility challenges can stem from weakness in the legs, injury, poor eyesight, and other health conditions. For people who live in homes with more than one story, most elderly or physically challenged people find it difficult to move along the stairs.

Fortunately, there is a solution to this problem. Stair lift chairs, a piece of medical equipment play a critical role for people who need help walking up and down the stairs at home. Typically, a stair lift chair consists of a computerized chair that attaches to a rail on the staircase. Mostly, they are boon to adults who can walk independently, but cannot safely navigate the stair steps.

Additionally, this assistive technology comes in different forms to fit the needs of a user. Besides, the variation in design ensures that people with different stair configurations, safety concerns, and size requirements have the lift chairs installed in their homes correctly. If you are a disabled individual looking to bring a stair lift into your home, you need to understand the cost and features in order to get maximum benefits out of this equipment.

 

1. Benefits.

 

They are safe to use as accidents are minimized. Most seniors are at risk of falling on the stairs which can cause injuries. Stair chair lifts are comfortable and safe as they include a seat, backrest and seat belt.  They move very slowly to ensure the riders safety.  The rider always has full control of where the chair goes and how fast.  If the rider does not feel safe then they simply just stop the chair from moving.

Stair lifts for homes can be customized to your requirements if you have a curved staircase or multiple turns in the stairs, though it might be more costly than the ready-made or the straight unit. Also, you will find some which are electric while others use rechargeable batteries and the choice depends on your location’s power supply.

 

Are Stairlifts Safe?

 

Stairlifts are completely safe, especially when installed by industry trained technicians.  Our technicians attend a one week course on installation, diagnosing and repairing all stair lift units.  They are extremely well versed in installing the right way the first time to minimize damage to the stairs, walls and our units.  Your chair lift will be installed to be extremely safe and will never topple over leaving you stranded.

 

Do Stairlifts use a lot of Electricity?

 

Our favorite stairlift is the Handicare unit.  It uses so little electricity that it actually uses less than your television.  It also comes equipped with its own battery so if the house has no power then the unit will still operate and you can move up and down your stairs.  Just be careful because it may be dark in your home!

 

How long does it take to Install a Stairlift?

 

There are two types of stairlifts.  The most common are the straight ones that are installed on a straight staircase.  These will take our technicians less than two hours to have operational.  They come with a 16 foot rail and we simply cut it to the desired length to fit your stairs.  We attach the chair and connect the power and voila!  The second is a curved stair lift which is a custom built unit.  These will take our guys about 4-8 hours to install depending on the size and bends.

 

 

2. Costs.

 

When purchasing chair lift for stairs, you should inquire if your insurance company will reimburse for the costs. You also need to reach out to several stairlift dealers and compare their prices. If your budget is low, you can consider used models or rentals that are in excellent condition. However, when purchasing, it is crucial to consider the freedom and independence that these chairs bring to people who cannot use the stairs due to various situations.

Once installed the maintenance and ongoing costs of the lift are minimal.  They are equipped with a battery so the units work when there is no power, for instance if there is fire or such.  The battery needs to be changed every 3-5 years, just like in your automobile.  The cost is only about $100.

 

3. Features.

install a stair lift

One of the major features of the stair lift chairs is that you can choose to sit or to stand. They come in different sizes and weight, and hence they can handle most people especially in public places.  Some can accommodate riders up to 500 pounds.

Well, seat design can have a great impact on the safety of the rider. Mostly, different seats choice designs include:

-Swivel seat
-Foot rest
-arm rest

All the stair lifts should have seat belts . Some of the modern features for different stair lifts include send/call button that can send the chair from one end of the stair to another, motion sensors, and breaking systems to ensure safety. These features are fundamental, thus should be given priority when looking for the best stair lift chair to purchase. Some of the factors to consider when purchasing a stair lift chair are maintenance and the type of stairs that you have.

 

Contact Towson Medical for more information on Stair Lifts.

Or Call us today at 410-882-4005.

 

 

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