Consider Freedom and what that means to you. And no, this is not a political article. But freedom means lots of different things to lots of different people. For example, I look at freedom as a basic lifestyle thing – I can do what I want when I want. I have the financial, physical and emotional freedom to do that. But not everyone is in the same boat. Consider if you will, those people who don’t even feel free in their own home. Hampered by mobility issues, they can’t even climb the stairs to the upstairs level of their house. Literally, an entire floor of their home is off-limits to them. A stair chair lift can be the life-altering freedom that they need to be able to enjoy their entire home without having to pack up and move out.
A stair chair lift not only enhances the mobility impaired’s access, it can also improve safety for those who can climb the stairs, but don’t have good balance or strength. The stairlift can prevent the accidental falls and decrease the pain and stress that occurs to those afflicted with arthritis when they’re trying to scale the stair case.
When you’re looking to purchase a stair lift, you’ll need to determine the limits of your physical space. That is, where are your stairs located, how are they configured, how long/wide/steep/narrow are they.
There are all kinds of chair lifts out there in the marketplace – you’ll even find them for outdoor stairs, curved and spiral staircases as well.
Most lifts take up only a small footprint on the staircase that you’re looking to enhance, but be sure that when you’re shopping, you let the sales person know the dimensions you have available so that you can get the best fit for your situation.
You’ll also have to consider the size of the person you intend to be carried by the lift. Different stair lifts will be able to handle different weight capacities.
A smooth ride and easy stop are also important factors as most people that require a stair chair lift are not really looking for the teeth-popping thrills of an amusement park ride.
You’ll want to find one that has an easy to use remote control as well. Often times big buttons with good sized labels will make it easier for the infirm to use to control their ascent and descent.
You may even want to have extra control systems for the stair chair lift set up at the bottom or top (or both) of the staircase, because there may be times when you need to “call” the chair to the level that you’re on when the chair is not.
Of course, you’ll want to insure that you have the capability to shut the controls down so that children or pets can’t accidentally start it up and get hurt.
Most stair lifts will have hinged arm rests which provide stability for the rider, and a rotating seat to allow for easy loading and unloading of the passenger.
In general, your stair lift will use household current or a rechargeable battery. And you’ll want to make sure that there’s battery backup for when there’s a power failure.
Buying and installing a stair chair lift can create an independent life for someone who’s freedom has otherwise been curtailed by illness or injury. And with the multitude of options available, you’ll be able to set your loved one up to be able to truly enjoy their home and freedom and ultimately their independence.