Is a Stairlift Right for Your Home?

Many people with difficulty walking lose access to a portion of their home, sometimes more. Being unable to navigate stairs safely limits which rooms can be used and often means repurposing existing living space to make up for the rooms which are no longer reachable. Emotionally, this can be a big loss, particularly for people who’ve lived in their homes a long time. It can also make interacting with other people in the house more difficult. Thankfully, stairlifts come in several different designs to help you access every part of your home safely and with ease.

Stairlifts for Straight Stairs

Most homes have indoor stairs that go straight from one floor to the next without curves or landings to break up the rise and run of the steps. In situations like that, stairlifts for straight stairs are the perfect solution. Many models feature seats and arms that fold up out of the way to ensure everyone in the home can easily access the stairs. Depending on the design, stairlifts can be installed in narrow stairwells without creating a hazard for people still walking up and down them.

Stairlifts for Curved Stairs

Grand homes often have curved stairs or stairs that are broken up with a landing. For homes like that, stairlifts for curved stairs can be installed just like the ones for straight stairs. The track the stairlift sits on is curved to match the curve of the stairs and easily transports the user between floors. As with the stairlifts for straight stairs, the seat and arm can fold out of the way.

Stairlifts for Outdoor Use

Perhaps you have stairs leading from your home into your backyard. Rather than miss out on cookouts or the peace of sitting outside and watching birds, you can install an outdoor stairlift. Made from weatherproof materials, outdoor stairlifts can stand the test of time. They can be installed on stairs made from wood, brick, or concrete, making your yard accessible once again.

 

 

Whatever stairlift you choose, it may be helpful to have a walker or wheelchair on each floor to make getting around easier no matter where you are. Be sure it’s easily accessible from the stairlift.

 

Stairlift technology is so advanced that they can now be installed directly on the stairs, rather than the wall, meaning there are no structural changes needed to make your home more accessible. All stairlifts run using on-demand DC power and thus have low operating costs. Installation is fast and the stairlifts themselves are priced to fit your budget. They’ve been designed to last and will likely not need to be replaced provided proper maintenance is performed.

 

Installing a stairlift in your home helps you regain your freedom and means you can continue to enjoy your home and yard the way you always have. We’re happy to arrange a free quote from Acorn, the most popular stairlift company. Every nine minutes, an Acorn stairlift is installed somewhere in the world, but every one of them gets their start in the UK.

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