Chair Lifts For Stairs Pros And Cons
One of the bigger issues that face the elderly and those with physical disabilities is trying to go up the
stairs in their home. Thankfully, a chair lift for stairs makes it possible to eliminate the danger of falling and
go up and down the steps with far greater ease. That said, here's a look at the pros and cons of a lift chair for
stairs to give you a better idea if they are actually something you can use.
One of bigger pros to stairway chair lifts is the freedom and independence they bring. If you've ever had a
mobility issue then you know what I'm saying here. You can oftentimes feel trapped and alone. It's impossible to
put a price on your independence in getting around in the house.
You can take this a step further with other family members or a caretaker also benefiting with a lift chair
since they make it much safer to help someone get up and down the stairs. Instead of assisting someone yourself and
having the potential of a trip or fall down the stairway, the chair lift eliminates this concern.
Depending on the design of your stairway, stair lift chairs are actually very easy to install. Now it can be a
bit tricky with curved stairs, but a straight stairway lift is simple to setup.
The quality of today's designs means that you can expect any chair lift for stairs to last for many years to
come. They all have good warranties and are built to last.
Finally, these lifts allow the person to live in the home for a much longer period of time instead of having to
move into an assisted living center in town. The truth is, mobility issues are the primary reason that an
individual can no longer remain in the home.
As with anything, there are a few cons to consider. First, the installation in some homes can require some
remodeling for them to fit. This is especially true in older homes with narrow stairways.
The other major issue can be the cost. Stairway chair lifts can range in cost from around $2000 on up to tens of
thousands depending on the make and model, as well as the stairway design and length. The only way to get an
approximate cost is to have a representative come to your home and take measurements.
Even with the costs involved, chair lifts for stairs offer so much in return that I believe they easily outweigh
any and all disadvantages.
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