Could a stairlift prevent you from having to move house?
If taking the stairs is beginning to get a little strenuous, it might not be too long until you find yourself restricted to the downstairs of your home.
As mobility problems worsen, the once simple task of taking the stairs can become a real challenge. This can make things that used to be easy – like popping upstairs to get a book or your reading glasses – a real chore.
Fortunately, a stairlift offers a solution and can make taking the stairs easy again. To add to that, having a stairlift installed in your home can save you energy and reduce the likelihood of dangerous accidents, giving you the peace of mind to carry on with your day as normal.
Stairlifts are mobility devices that are specially designed to carry people up and down the stairs. Each stairlift usually consists of two sections: a chair or seat and rail that is fixed to an existing staircase. As modern stairlifts are powered by electricity, they can be operated with ease.
Stairlifts are available in two different styles. Straight stairlifts are generally cheaper and easier to install than their curved counterparts, though they can only be fitted on flights of stairs without curves. Curved stairlifts are custom-designed to overcome staircases with landings or curves. While it used to be impossible to install stairlifts on complex sets of stairs, modern technology allows installations on nearly all types of staircase.
Contrary to what you might expect, stairlifts are actually quite affordable, especially when you consider the difference they make for those who struggle to remain mobile. And when you take into account the fact that installing a stairlift can prevent a costly relocation to a bungalow or similarly accessible premises, having one fitted can offer exceptional value. Stairlifts are cheap to run too. For example, one manufacturer calculates that the annual cost, based on seven return trips a day, to be as little as £5 in electricity charges.
Stairlifts have already helped plenty of people to stay in their homes and enjoy their independence despite mobility issues that would have otherwise seen them having to move elsewhere.
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