For those who are experiencing limited mobility, the staircase in their home can seem impossible. If part of your house feels cut off to you because you lack the physical ability to get to it, know that it doesn’t have to be this way. Instead, educate yourself on whether a stairlift would be the best course of action.
What is a Stairlift?
A stairlift provides a safe and reliable solution for those who have difficulty managing stairs. To put it simply, stairlifts are a battery-powered chair mounted to a rail that is used to carry the rider both up and down the staircase. They are quiet, comfortable and easy to use. A simple switch or remote control moves the chair up and down the track. The track for the lift is installed on the stairs, not on the walls, so there is no lasting structural damage if it needs to be removed.
How to Choose the Right Stairlift
There are a few main factors to keep in mind when considering which stairlift model would be best for you, your house, and your living situation.
Dimensions and House Design Considerations: There are several measurements needed to determine which size stairlift unit to install, including the length of track from the top to the bottom of the steps and the height, tread, and width of the steps.
Cost and Insurance Reimbursement: Private medical insurance companies may cover a portion of the cost of the unit and installation. For that reason, it is advisable to look into insurance coverage prior to the purchase, and obtaining a doctor’s prescription if possible.
Stairwell Measurements, Size and Shape: While any size and shape stairwell can be accommodated, winding or curving up several flights of stairs will require a costlier stairlift with more capabilities.
Curved Versus Straight Stairwell: Stairlifts are available for both curved and straight staircases, but you’ll need to know ahead of time which you have and which models match up.
Features of the Carriage (Seat): You want to be comfortable so consideration should be taken as to the carriage design. Think about the height of the seat, manual versus power swivel, and safety hitches to ensure that the lift won’t start moving until the carriage has been securely locked.
With Able Care Group LLC, you will find the best stairlift to accommodate your exact needs. As a family owned business, we put your interests first and provide you with the right solutions, every time. We serve everyone in the New York and New Jersey area with pride, knowing we help their daily lives. Don’t hesitate to contact us today at 1-800-310-1196 or visit any of our local Able Care Group LLC showroom.