Those suffering from mobility problems will more often than not find that their biggest struggle is getting up and down the stairs. Thanks to the invention of stair lifts a couple of decades ago, no longer are they forced to stay on one level, and they can go up to bed and come down in the morning just as the rest of us do. The original stair lift, while ingenious in its design, could only be attached to one straight wall, so if you can a staircase with any kind of corners you would have to do without, or lay out for two.
Thankfully, modern stair lifts can be fixed to any kind of stair case, so nobody need do without, and as mobility problems can be both temporary and permanent, you can even save money by buying a reconditioned stair lift to save money if you only want one temporarily, or if you feel a stair lift is necessary but don’t have the money to buy a new one. Those who have stair lifts installed in their homes will sing their praises as it gives them an independence they wouldn’t otherwise have.
There are several styles of stair lifts available today. The first one is the straight stair lift which was mentioned previously and carries its passenger up one straight flight of stairs. Then there are curved stair lifts, which get around the problems the earlier straight ones had. These have custom made rails to fit around curves and corners ensuring one smooth passage up or down for the person sitting in it. The downside is that these are more expensive than straight ones but for those who need them they are priceless.
As widths of staircases vary greatly on the age of the house and the architectural design, a standard sized stair lift may cause some problems but you can have the seat tailor made to fit the staircase so people can still get past easily while ensuring the seat is still big enough for you to sit on comfortably. You can also choose a seat that fold ups against the wall when not in use, and if you have problems with your arms and legs dangling you can have arm rests and foot rests on your seat too.
Many do not realise but there are also outdoor stair lifts now available, and while you may wonder why you would need one of these there are quite a few reasons why you would. Many people’s houses and gardens aren’t on the flat, and if you have steps down from your front or back door it can cause problems. These are fully waterproofed so they can withstand whatever the British weather throws at it, and means that you can still enjoy your garden, even if your house is on a higher level.
Whichever stair lift you think is best for you, shop around and see what styles are available. There is a stair lift for everyone, so nobody needs to be restricted in or around their home due to a staircase.