Tips for Buying a Stair Lift
So, you're looking at buying a stair lift that will help you regain independence at home. We are so excited for you, as this is the first step in getting your confidence back and a great way to safely enhance or regain your independence. If you've done any research, you've probably already realized that there are many, many different types of stair lifts available. How could you ever choose one? Here are some simple tips to help you decide which stair lift is best for you and your home.
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Assessing Your Stairway – Before you decide on anything, you need to find out which stair lifts will work on your stairways. Since each home is different, and there are so many different types of stairways, most stair lifts are built to service a home with a very specific stairway shape and size. Is your stairway straight or does it curve gently? Is it broad or narrow? Is there a landing midway? Does it spiral? A stair lift manufactured to follow the gentle curve a spiral staircase will not work on a staircase that is straight. The shape of your staircase isn't the only thing you have to worry about; also pay attention to the size. If you're stairway is unusually narrow, then you'll have to find a stair lift that is built to operate in tight spaces.
Who Do You Live With? If you live alone, then the only person your stair lift needs to appease is you. Now, if you live with other family members, you need to take into consideration that they are using the stairway as well. If your staircase is narrow, you may want to consider a stair lift that can easily fold up and out of the way when not in use. This will allow other family members and guests to use the stairs without having to side step around the lift. This is especially important if you live with small children. Kids and even pre-teens can get into trouble, so installing a stair lift that can fold up is great for keeping curious kids from getting hurt.
Note to Wheelchair Users – On a side note, if you are a wheelchair user and you have a hard time boarding and de-boarding your chair, you should seriously reconsider installing a stair lift. If you rely on a wheelchair, a stair lift will require you to de-board your chair, ride the lift to the top of the stairs, and then re-board a second wheelchair. If keeping your wheelchair with you is important, then perhaps you should consider installing a wheelchair lift. A wheelchair lift is both safer and more convenient for those using a wheelchair.