Some people see stairlifts as a sign of weakness, old age and lost independence. They struggle on for years, resisting even a glance at a stairlift, yet it could have changed their lives for the better – and increased their independence.
However well we look after our bodies, some of us will find that old age or medical conditions eventually affect our movement. Joint problems can make climbing stairs difficult and sometimes painful, while other medical problems may affect our balance and make us less steady on our feet. The staircase becomes an enemy, preventing us moving around our house freely and often restricting access to our bedroom or bathroom.
Of course, you can live solely on the ground floor, although this may require adaptation or extension of your house to create a downstairs bedroom or bathroom. This can be expensive and disruptive, and you’ll be left with a redundant upper floor which wastes heat and still requires cleaning. Moving home can be expensive and disruptive too; bungalows are usually pricier than houses, and you may be further away from the clubs, amenities, friends and family that you love.
A new lease of life
That’s why a stairlift is the most economical and convenient option. A stairlift allows you to remain in your own home and there’s minimal disruption. Installation takes just a few hours and there’s usually no need for redecoration. Once your stair lift is fitted, you’ll have easy access to all the upstairs rooms and facilities in your home, enabling you to retain your independence and carry on with your life. You and your nearest and dearest won’t have to worry about falls or slips on the stairs, and the majority of modern stair-lifts have a battery back-up, so you won’t become stranded during a power-cut! A stair-lift can be installed on a staircase of any construction material, whether it’s straight or curved – and most companies offer a de-installation service if you no longer require the stairlift or plan to lay new carpet.
So don’t dismiss stairlifts. Installing one could help you maintain your independence and stay in your own home.