Are you, or someone you know, having difficulty getting up and down stairs? A stairlift could be the solution, but it’s important ask the right questions!
For many seniors, continuing to enjoy life in the place they’ve come to call “home” is a high priority. However, if stairs are a problem, the prospect of aging in place can quickly become a daunting challenge. If you find that you’re planning your day around the stairs, coming down in the morning and avoiding going back up until it’s time for bed, you’re probably already thinking about making a change.
While some might suggest moving your bedroom to the first floor or installing a residential elevator, it can be difficult to cram everything into a half-sized living space and the costs associated with installing an elevator are often prohibitive for the average family.
In many cases, a stairlift is the most practical solution for getting up and down stairs, allowing you to enjoy the full use of your home. While this is a great option, it is important to ask the right questions.
How long do you plan to stay in your home?
We’d all like to live in our homes forever, but it’s important to think ahead. Deciding how long you plan to stay in your home is an important first step in the stairlift process. Some companies offer short-term rental plans and buybacks that allow you to install a stairlift for just a short time. 18 months is a good number to keep in mind; if you plan to stay longer than that, you’re probably better off buying the stairlift outright.
What mobility restrictions does the user have?
For some, the difficulty begins and ends with climbing the stairs. But, mobility can change over time. It’s important to consider additional features that could become necessary down the road. Features, like a powered swivel or an easy-to-use seatbelt, could later become critical in ensuring a safe trip upstairs.
What is the company’s reputation?
When dealing with a stairlift company, it is important to make sure that they are honest and reputable. How long has the company been in business? Do they have any recalls on their products? What do their customers say about them? Knowing who you’re working with is half the battle!
To learn more about stairlifts and the questions you should be asking, visit Stannah-Stairlifts.com or call 1 (888) 663-7538.