Understanding Stair Lift Basics: Things To Know

If you're struggling with a mobility problem and you live in a home with multiple floors, you may find that moving between floors becomes difficult. That's why many people who struggle with mobility problems invest in a stair lift. Before you buy one, you should think about what you need and what the process will involve. Here's a look at some of the things that you need to understand before you buy that stair lift and have it installed.

What Are Your Specific Needs?

Are you in a wheelchair? If so, the stair lift you choose should accommodate that chair. That typically means choosing a lift with just an accessible platform. That way, you can stay in your wheelchair and still move around the house independently. 

If you're just dealing with some mobility challenges that make the stairs difficult to physically walk up and down, you can look for a stair lift with an integrated seat. That way, you can just use the stair lift to move between floors when you need it.

Not only that, but you should consider what kind of controls you need. With certain mobility issues, you may find that push-button controls are harder to use. Keep that in mind as you explore models.

What Weight Capacity Do You Need?

Are you looking for a stair lift that will accommodate multiple people or will let you move things from one floor to another? If so, you'll want to consider the weight restriction on the lift before you have it installed. Make sure that any model you choose has sufficient capacity for the way that you will use it.

Are There Any Special Considerations? 

Stair lifts are fairly standard when they are installed on a straight-railing stairway. If your stairway has a curve, bend, or other variation in shape and style, that may mean the need for a custom stair lift design to accommodate that structure. You'll need to work with an installation contractor to design and fit the right stair lift in that case.

These are just a few of the considerations for your stair lift investment. Don't rush the decision because you need to be able to get a lift that will meet your needs both now and moving forward. Stair lifts are a major investment, so treat it accordingly and you are more likely to be satisfied with the end result for years to come.