When someone has mobility issues and needs to adapt their home there are plenty of options available to them in terms of kitchens and bathrooms. However when it comes to moving between floors, the two main alternatives are a home lift, or the more traditional, unwieldy stairlift.
There are lots of benefits to a home lift over a stairlift, such as its sleek design, the ability to put a lift in a range of locations in the home rather than taking up precious space on the stairs, and fact that a domestic lift for the home is quiet and discreet.
However, the deciding factor for most people looking to buy a home lift is focused on the question of safety. And this is paramount, as for people with reduced mobility there can be greater risks in just basic maneuvering around the home.
1. Keeping the stairs accessible for all
When someone in a household needs a mobility aid to move between floors, it is important that the solution works for everyone in the home. A stairlift can be a cumbersome installation which not only looks unattractive, but can also get in the way of the top and bottom of the stairs, making it a hazard. When someone is actually using the stairlift other people cannot use the stairs, until the the device has safely reached its destination, otherwise causing quite a danger on an already hazardous part of the house.
2. Wheelchair access
A considerable benefit of some of the home lifts on offer is that they are large enough to take a wheelchair. For wheelchair users this means a much smoother and easier journey around the home. If a wheelchair user only had the option of using a stairlift there would be the dangerous and unworkable maneuver from wheelchair to stairlift seat, and then back again at the top and bottom of the stairs.
3. More than one person travelling
The size of lift also offers the chance for more than one person to travel in a lift together. This is not only companionable but also a benefit when a couple both need help with mobility, and it’s safer, should the person in transit need help from a carer.
4. In-built safety mechanisms
Modern home lifts are designed and built with safety in mind. They contain a series of sensors and mechanisms to ensure that they run as safely and smoothly as possible and are thoroughly tested to ensure they are at the highest of safety standards.
5. Maintain your independence
The issue sometimes with a stairlift, depending on the level of mobility, is that the user may need help from their partner, a relative, a friend or a carer getting on and off the device. However, one of the great things, about domestic lifts is that the user is in total control. The individual is free to independently move from floor to floor in their home whenever they require – all at the touch of a button. A home lift is simple, comfortable and convenient.