What Are The Benefits of a Stairlift?

stair-lift-seniorLiving in a multi-level house with seniors, someone who is injured, or anyone facing mobility restrictions can be a nightmare. While moving to a single house might sound like a plausible solution, it is quite impractical. Why trade your beloved home and neighborhood for something else?

This is the type of dilemma that can be solved with a stairlift.

How Does the Stairlift Work?

Stairlifts are a perfect way to take anything upstairs without taking the stairs. Think of them as a small elevator that will fit into your house without forcing you to build an elevator shaft. Their use will vary from shuttling people who can’t take the stairs safely to carrying groceries, laundry, or heavy things up and down the stairs.

Stairlift construction

The stairlift is a comfortable seat with a footrest. It rides a rail up and down the stairs and uses a small but silent and powerful motor installed beneath the seat. Typical stairlifts will run on 0.5 or 3/4 horsepower motors that are just about enough to carry a heavy person up and down the stairs.

A remote or a switch on the armrest will control the seat’s speed and up or down motion. The power to run a stairlift comes from either your main supply or a rechargeable battery. When you run with battery backup

Standard stairlifts will carry up to 300 pounds while heavy-duty models have bigger seats and can easily accommodate up to 350 lbs.

Why Buy a Stairlift?

Modern stairlifts are a convenience to anyone who cannot take the stairs for one reason or another.

outdoor-stairliftIf your parents are moving in, they are a perfect way to let your loved ones enjoy that feeling of independence and mobility since they won’t have to dread every moment they have to move from one level to another.

For seniors or slightly disabled, the stairlift will not only make moving up and down the stairs simpler but also reduce the chances of slipping and falling.

Consider this alongside the fact that the lift will do away with the need to walk up and down the stairs with heavy loads,  and you get a happier family that doesn’t have to relocate to a single level building to accommodate illness, injuries, or old age.

Safety Features are Improving By the Day

Even though the stairlift is designed to make life simpler and safer, many homeowners still remain skeptical of its safety features. While earlier stairlifts might have been a nightmare, most of the modern builds bristle with safety features while adhering to the strictest of safety and building codes.

curved-stairliftSoft start and stop make it comfortable to ride all the way while a swivel and lock feature makes it easier to embark or disembark. A couple of sensors that monitor leg positions, obstacles along the way, loading weight, and armrest position sensors.

All these sensors ensure that the lift only moves when someone is seated in a safe position and will never roll over an obstacle making it safer for the user and all members of the house.

Total Convenience

Stairlifts are a convenient way for those with mobility issues to bypass any stairway.

They can be installed and work on either straight staircases or curved staircases. lady-on-stairliftCurved staircase lifts tend to be costlier to install and maintain but offer a lot of convenience.

When living in a multi-level home, many homeowners consider bridging different house levels with more than one straight staircase lift. However, very few people will have to worry about this since most people who can’t take the stairs will rarely be comfortable living beyond the first floor anyway.

A good lift which offers all the important safety features is a safety net in case of power failure or fatal component failure will be a great addition to your home.