A home with multiple storeys looks magnificent but does pose some mobility problems. It is not easy to juggle between floors for any person. When there are aged people and people with illness staying in the home, then the mobility is lot more difficult. As a senior care consultant, I would recommend the use of stair lift not only for the convenience of the aged person in the family but also those who have general joint and muscular ailments.
Stair lifts are easy accessory to move freely in the home without any restrictions. When you decide to invest in good quality stair lift then ensure that you ponder the following points.
With the market flooded with so many brands offering several varieties and claiming to be the number one brand, you need to be wiser in choosing the best one. Experience can play a vital role in selection as only an experienced company will have the expertise to tackle all kinds of odds in installation process. Their presence in the field for a longer period is also a proof of their good quality of workmanship. Look for companies that can offer larger models with more price range.
Many of the sophisticated stair lifts comes with heavy price range. It may be difficult to put in such a huge amount at stake. However, you can discuss with the insurance agents to know if proper insurance coverage is provided for such high end models. The basic models may not be very pricey but getting insurance covers ensures that you can mitigate the losses in case any technical snags does happen after installation. Also, enquire about warranty periods and so on which again helps in covering the losses at least for a stipulated period.
Decide on straight or curved
Straight stair lifts are much easier to install and not so expensive too. But, if you have a curved staircase then fixing a straight lift may ruin the total appearance of the home interiors. But, curved lifts are expensive and requires meticulous planning and installation. Straight does not take much time to install and the entire work can be finished off within a week.
Curved lift requires higher level of precision and some changes to the construction may also be required which consumes more time in installation. To save on cost many of the homeowners will make minor modifications to the shape of the stairs which can be a more cost efficient solution rather than installing a sophisticated curved lift. Such aspects have to be inquired in detailed before you buy one.
New, old or rent
Not all can afford to shell out money to install the stair lift though it may be very essential for them due to their medical conditions. You can opt for a second hand lift which comes at lower price. Another option can be to take the stair lift on rent which is a viable solution. This is mainly in cases where the stair lift is required only for a limited period.
Features of the lift
Stair lifts comes with advanced features that has be researched before you invest in one. Safety features like sensor alarm, height of the chair, seat belt, and so on are now available with sophisticated mechanism. Too many features may hamper its smooth running unless proper maintenance is done. Look for features that can be useful to you and the inmates of the home and pick the best one. Make sure that the stair lift at you pick blends well with the overall design and interiors of the home.
The author owns reputed stair & Wheelchair Lifts Company and is known for his large satisfied clientele. His endurance and affection to the aged and disabled is known through his contributions and donation to several old age homes.