Living with seniors or someone who is critically ill or injured in a storey house can be a nightmare. While moving to a single house might sound like a good solution, it is quite impractical. A modern stairlift can solve many problems.
Stairlifts are a perfect way to take anything upstairs without taking the stairs. Think of them as a small enough lift 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.
How Does the Stairlift Work?
The stairlift is a comfortable seat with a foot rest. It rides a rail up and down the stairs with a small, silent but 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.
A remote or a switch on the armrest will control the seat’s speed and up or down motion. The power to run the stairlift can come straight from your mains supply or a rechargeable battery. This keeps the seat moving even when there is a power outage.
Standard seats 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 any reason. They are a perfect way for you or a loved one to enjoy that feeling of independence and mobility. You won’t have to dread every moment you have to move from one level to another.
To seniors or slightly disabled, the stairlift will make moving up and down the stairs simpler. It also reduces the chances of a fall. This makes for 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, most homeowners still remain skeptical of its safety features. While initial stairlifts might have been a nightmare, most of the modern builds bristle with safety features and wouldn’t even hurt a mouse – let alone your cat.
Soft start and stop make it comfortable to ride all the way. 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. This makes it safer for the user and all members of the house.
Convenience Even in a Multi-user Setup
Stair lifts can work on either straight staircases or curved staircases. Curved staircase lifts tend to be costlier to install and maintain. Sometimes it would be wise to bridge different house levels with more than one straight staircase lift.
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 with all the important safety features and a fallback safety plan in case of power failure or a fatal component failure will be a great addition to your home too.
Modern designs also pack a remote or a way to summon the lift from whatever side of the stairs you are. This maximizes convenience. Of course, it will finish an active trip before coming to you, but getting up and down the stairs has never been safer and more convenient than when you install a modern stairlift.