What is the purpose of a stair lift? These systems are designed for people who have trouble maneuvering stairs. Additionally, they provide an effective, high-quality, safe way for caregivers to assist disabled people or seniors.
Before you can enjoy any benefit from a stairlift, it must first be determined if you are capable of using one. You should have the ability to transfer to the seat of the system, ride it in an upright position, and control any switches necessary (and latch and unlatch the seatbelt). Even people in wheelchairs, provided they can transfer from the wheelchair to the seat of the system, can use a stair lift. Many of these individuals place a wheelchair at the top of the staircase and at the bottom, so that carrying of the wheelchair by others is not necessary.
Additionally, a representative from the stair lift company will visit the environment in which the system is to be installed to help determine whether or not it is a good fit for the individual and location. They can also help by advising which system may be most appropriate.
Stair Lifts – Who Needs Them?
Anyone suffering from an injury, medical condition, aging, or some other debilitating ailment – and no longer able to safely or comfortably maneuver stairs – needs a stair lift. It’s that simple.
For many, a new sense of freedom and independence is enjoyed the moment installation is complete. They can once again travel from level to level of their home without feeling the need to ask for assistance.
Individuals with the following conditions can make good use of a stair lift:
- Balance issues
- Muscle/joint disabilities
- Trauma to lower extremities
- Muscular dystrophy
- Parkinson’s disease
- Osteoporosis… and more
While stair lift systems are highly adaptable, affordable, and assist countless individuals every day, not everyone is cut out for a stair lift. Here are some questions to ask if you’re considering a stair lift:
- Can the individual manipulate the controls and seatbelt?
- Can they remain in an upright position during the ride?
- Are they able to transfer, either with or without assistance, to the stair lift chair?
- Does the person who will be riding the stair lift fall within the weight limit of the system?
- Does the person in question physically fit the seat of the stair lift?
Choosing a Stair Lift
While looking at specific models and brands, determine the stair lift’s ability and design to function for the individual in question. Included in a quality lift’s components should be the following basics:
- Pressure sensitive monitors
- Electric and mechanical braking system
- Swivel seat
- Controls that are easy to manipulate
Freedom Stairlifts Offer Benefits To the Entire Family
If you live alone and can’t handle stairs anymore, the installation of stair lift is essential. If you have a caregiver, friend, or family member living with you, they’ll benefit from a stair lift system as well. Why? Because, once the system is up and running, you’ll need little or no assistance maneuvering staircases. To many individuals, this benefit is priceless. The good news is that these systems are affordable to most individuals and families!
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