How To Choose The Perfect Home Stairlift
Physical impairment is no longer an impossible barrier in mobility. With the help of latest technology, it’s a lot easier now to live a happy, independent life even with impaired movement.
One of the many things that make this possible is the invention of stairlifts. The most physically impaired of us no longer need to worry about climbing the stairs. They don’t even have to worry about having someone to look after them at home. But with all the many stairlifts out there, how does one choose the perfect one? Here’s a guide:
Step One: Choose Among Different Types and Styles Of Stairlifts
The first thing to consider when picking out the type of stairlift that fits the user is to determine the type appropriate to the user’s degree of physical impairment. To do this one has to consider first whether the user is more comfortable with a curved or a straight kind.
It’s much more costly to install a curved stairlift mainly because the stairs will require structural changes before installation. On the other hand a straight stairlift can be installed on either side of the stairway without the need for added customization for the stairs.
There’s a variety of designs and colors of stairlifts that suit everyone’s preferences. The most popular and familiar today is the chair design that smoothly elevates up and down the stairway. This type can either be equipped with a manual or a swivel kind of seat, with their footrests and armrests easily adjustable for the user’s ease of operation. There’s also the standing stair lift design, which is also called the perch lift and is ideal for those who have knee troubles that make it harder for them to sit down.
Users can also choose for either a battery-operated or a chair powered by regular house current. The former is more ideal because the stairlift can still operate when the power is down.
Step Two: Choose The Right Chair Flexibility
The ability of the chair to swivel has to be a priority. If the chair doesn’t rotate well, it can be dangerous to disengage from the seat once the user is upstairs. This is why choosing the right swiveling ability of the type of chairlift is the next important step. Getting a professional to advise the buyer on this is a good idea.
Step Three: Physical Attributes Of The User
It is important to consider, too, the user’s body size, height, weight, mobility limitations and other physical attributes before choosing the type of stairlift. These factors contribute to the degree of comfort and safety of the user while riding the stairlift. Some body sizes may not be suited to a perch lift, and the right amount of swivel is sometimes highly dependent on the the user’s weight.
Step Four: Choose The Right Stairlift Size
This New York Times article will agree that the size of the chairlift unit has to be highly dependent on the type of stairway. The ideal stairlift has to leave a significant amount of space in the stairway to allow the rest of the occupants to walk beside or around it. In fact, the most efficiently designed stairlift should be collapsible in a compact size with just a little effort. The best way to choose the right size is by getting it customized, so added features like folding seats and footrests may be added. These features can provide dramatic relief for users who have trouble bending down.
Step Five: Check Reliability And Guarantees Of Seller
The perfect home stairlift can sometimes simply come from a seller with the most robust reputation. You don’t want to end up with complaints after your purchase, like what happened to this stairlift user in this video from the Los Angeles Times. Checking the extensive details of the warranty and asking about the market reputation of the seller is important before purchasing your stairlift to ensure you get a good unit at a fair price.
Choosing the perfect stairlift for your home means being extensive in your research. This guide hopefully provided you all the essential data you need.