Benefits of Stair Lifts for Wheelchairs

For many people, being restricted to a wheelchair wasn’t a lifetime plan. However, because of some unexpected disease, tragedy, or aging years they found themselves thrust into a world they had never known before. As a wheelchair user, you have to face several challenges every day, the most significant of which limited mobility. For example, your school or workplace corridors may be too tiny for the wheelchair to fit. Or the places you wish to visit may have uneven surfaces that are difficult to navigate through.

To get by, you need to make changes to your lifestyle. But as time passes, the changes you make become a routine and help you live a happy life. One of the changes that you consider is installing a stair lift for the wheelchair at your home. This way, you’ll be able to move from one floor to another with comfort. Another advantage of installing a stair lift is that you won’t have to depend on your relatives or friends to move around in your own home. Stair lifts, vertical platform lifts, and wheelchair platform lifts, all offer several great benefits as you’ll see below:

  • Independence

One of the major reasons why many disabled or aged citizens choose to live in senior living facilities or healthcare centres is because they can’t move around their homes freely even if they are using wheelchairs.  The inability to move from one floor to another safely and independently is one of the major inconveniences many disabled and senior citizens face every day.

Although caregivers can be hired to help the elderly fulfil their daily basic needs, they can’t be available round-the-clock. This means that simple tasks such as getting out of your sofa in the living room, taking a bath, or moving from one floor to another, can become impossible. By installing stair lifts, all these problems can restrictions can be eliminated at once. Stair lifts return your independence and convenience to you that you thought were gone forever.

  • Safety

Research has shown that many seniors who get injured or experience a fall usually do so while they’re in the comfort of their home. And the majority of these people are already confined to wheelchairs for moving around. This mostly happens when people who are aged or suffering from a disability consider using the stairs. This makes the stairs the most unsafe area of your home.

A stair lift in such cases helps to keep them safe as they move around their house and eliminates the risk of slipping, tripping on something, missing a step, or suddenly becoming tired or dizzy. When one wants to move to another floor level, all they have to do is activate the stair lift. It will come to their current location and take them to the other floor in just a few seconds. Stair lifts are smart devices and can detect or sense objects that may come along their path. This mechanism prevents collisions and allows the disabled and senior citizens to move around their homes safely.

  • Flexibility

Stair lifts are manufactured in such a way that they can easily be installed on any type of staircase. So you can get it installed in your house regardless of whether your staircase is straight, curved, or of any other shape.  What’s even better is that it can be installed on any side of the stairs that you want. Moreover, to add to the user’s convenience, manufacturers usually provide controls on lifts for both right- and left-handed people. This makes the stair lifts extremely easy to operate, without needing anybody’s help.