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Investing in Your Independence: The Benefits of Buying a Stairlift

Investing in a stairlift is a significant decision that requires careful consideration. It's natural to feel uncertain about whether or not you need a lift. As we go through life, we can take over 200 000 journeys up and down our stairs, and it's inevitable that climbing the stairs may become challenging as we age.

 

From our experience, many customers express regret, wishing they had installed a stairlift sooner. Often, we encounter situations where customers purchase a lift for their parents out of concern for their safety and well-being. However, the parents may view a stairlift as a symbol of diminished independence. In reality, a stairlift offers individuals the opportunity to regain independence while reducing the risk of home accidents.

 

One common reason people hesitate to install a stairlift is the belief that climbing stairs provides beneficial exercise. While this may seem logical, especially for individuals with limited mobility, it is not the case. Engaging in low-risk exercises that increase heart rate, such as pilates or water aerobics, is more beneficial for older individuals. Staircases, on the other hand, pose a significant risk for accidents among those with reduced mobility.



Sales Advisor with couple buying a stairlift

 

So, how do you know when it's the right time to install a stairlift?

 

1) Fear of falling while going up or down stairs: Statistics from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents show that falls on stairs are more likely to result in hospital stays and months of rehabilitation. In some cases, falls can lead to permanent disability or even loss of life.

 

2) Assisting someone else upstairs by walking behind them: This practice is extremely risky and can lead to accidents. A stairlift can provide both individuals with ease, independence, and peace of mind.

 

3) Shuffling up or down on your bottom: There are much easier and safer ways to navigate stairs than relying on your bottom to do the work. A stairlift can take the burden off and provide a comfortable and effortless ride.

 

4) Pulling yourself up the stairs using a banister or handrail: Extra handrails are meant for balance, not for hauling oneself up the stairs. This puts strain on the body and joints, which can negatively impact health. A stairlift eliminates this physical strain.

 

5) Taking over 5 minutes to climb the stairs: As we age, our pace naturally slows down. However, there may be instances where speed is necessary, such as using the bathroom or retrieving something from upstairs. A stairlift can transport you upstairs in just 35 seconds.

 

6) Feeling out of breath or dizzy at the top of the stairs: Climbing stairs should not feel like a monumental task. If it causes health problems, installing a stairlift is a sensible solution.

 

7) Difficulty seeing the steps and judging foot placement: Certain conditions, such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, visual impairments, and osteoporosis, can affect depth perception and balance. A stairlift eliminates the risk of misjudging a step and falling.

 

8) Change in mobility and inability to climb stairs as before: Whether due to a gradual decline or a sudden change in mobility, a stairlift can quickly restore independence and access to the entire home.

 

9) Recent hospital discharge: If you have recently been discharged from the hospital and are not yet at full strength, a stairlift can aid in your recovery. Rental options are available for temporary use during recuperation.

 

10) Concern from family and friends about your safety on the stairs: If your loved ones express worry about your struggles on the stairs, it's important to consider their concerns. A stairlift can significantly improve your quality of life, providing freedom and independence in the home you love. Studies have shown that having mobility aids like a stairlift can delay care home admission by an average of four years.

 

Don't wait until it's too late to install a stairlift. If the time is right for you, contact us for a free, no-obligation quotation. We can assess the suitability of a stairlift for your stairs and provide expert, friendly advice without any high-pressure sales tactics.

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