Stairs are encountered in all models of homes. Many Canadiens of all stages of life are living with limited mobility or with balance and stability issues. Thankfully, there are many solutions available to help adapt our homes to gradual or sudden changes in mobility.
Chair lifts are one of many options available to aid mobility up and down stairways. They are a great option for those who may have a reduced level of mobility but are still able to walk unassisted or with a mobility aid such as a cane or walker.
These lifts consist of a seat connected to either a track on the surface of the stairs, or rails along the wall. The person utilizing the chair lift may have the option to be seated sideways along the wall or backward facing down the staircase depending on the model. Some Chair Lift models include a swivel in the chair to allow the person to adjust their position before exiting the lift. Additionally, certain chair lift models are available to handle curved staircases or are able to be folded up against the wall when not in use.
One major concern with chair lifts is the fact that the user is leaving the chair lift at a very dangerous point in the home, the top of the stairs. Special consideration for the levels of balance, sight and other perception skills for the individual using the lift. It is also important to ensure a clear floor space at both the top and bottom of the staircase to allow the user to get on and off the lift without tripping over hazards.
Chair lifts are a great option for wheelchair and other mobility aid users alike. They are easier to install and are relatively cheaper than an Inclined Platform Lift. They create an opportunity for those who require assistance with stairs due to illness, injury or age and allow residents to regain a sense of freedom in their homes. Adaptability, accessibility, and mobility are what can help make your house your Home for Life™.
For more information on how you or a loved one can build a Home for Life™ please contact us.