Caused by aging, injuries or disabilities, more and more the population won’t be able to access upper levels of their properties in the coming years. This may at some point force many to move from the family home and reside in an unfamiliar setting, even later in life, which can be traumatic. For many who want to be able to stay in their properties after a loss of mobility, a stairlift can offer more independence for individuals who most need it.
A stair lift is a mobility aid that is set up to a staircase and is utilized to carry a person up and down the staircase. In most cases a strong aluminum track is attached right to the stairs. Attached to the track is a car unit that consists of an electric motor and a chair or small platform. The car travels up and down the stairs on the track and can support one rider.
Many people decide to set up the stair lift on their own and in the event that you have a straight staircase, this process could usually be done quickly and efficiently. The initial step is to secure the track to the steps. Generally the car comes loaded on a short piece of track and this small piece of track is linked to the track on the stairs. The car unit, which consists of electrical motor, chair or platform, and in many cases batteries. The car could be very heavy, therefore it is a good idea to find some good help bringing it to the top of the stairs. After the small piece of track that holds the car is connected to the stairs, the car is plugged in and backed down onto the track. The small piece of track could then be removed.
While a stair lift for a straight staircase could be put in quickly and inexpensively, when you have a curved staircase, it will cost much more and need professional installation. Frequently it’s possible to install 2 straight stair lifts, however this can only be done on “L” shaped staircases that have a landing. This can be significantly less expensive and could be ordered and placed in just one week, but if you must decide on a curved stair lift you are looking at a process that will last over 2 months from the time of order to the time it is put in.
Stair lifts provide a fantastic way to bridge the gap between aspects of various elevation in a home. They can also be utilized outdoors on the front steps and tremendously improve mobility.