A stair lift is a mechanical device that helps people get up or down stairs when they are unable to walk. A platform or seat is mounted to the stair treads or the wall beside the stairs. The person sits on the seat and rides slowly in the direction they desire to go – up or down. Installing a stair lift in your home can provide mobility and independence to those who have not been able to get around a two story house. One woman said she had not been able to get downstairs for several months until her husband installed the lift.
As people age, they often have problems climbing stairs, especially if they suffer with arthritis, heart problems, or a physical disability. A quick check on Google revealed the costs range from just over $1,000 upward as high as $6,000 for a high-end version. Most, however, will cost you somewhere in the middle of those two price options for a good, solid lift.
And with today’s advanced technology nearly every home can be fitted with a stair lift, even if it has a curved staircase. Before you purchase your stair lift make sure you speak to a professional representative from an approved company with experience in this field.
Also, make sure you have a contact person that you can reach and someone who will install the chair lift. What you don’t need is a telephone number that only goes to voicemail when you are trying to set up your lift.
Here are a few other points you should consider when buying a stair lift.
Chair lifts come in both a chair and a platform style. If you are working through a hospital occupational department or local specialist, they can guide you in finding a reliable source.
Check out the various models to see what style works best in your home. You should have a representative come to your home to make sure your stair is wide enough to support the lift.
Do your research by reading sales brochures and any other literature you can find. Check out the various brands and models to see what works best for you.
Get quotes from more than one company as prices will vary depending on style and model. Make sure the quote includes installation. Also see if there is a suitable maintenance agreement in case of problems in the future.
Obtain detailed information regarding maintenance and repairs. Make sure you have a direct contact you can call at the company in case you have any questions.
Never allow a pushy salesman to talk you into buying the first thing he or she offers. Do your due diligence in shopping around for the best stair lift for you and your family. The lifts are too expensive and important to you to allow yourself to be taken in by a sleazy sales person.
You need to make sure you have the right model for the size of your stairway and that can move you or your loved one safely up and down the stairs. Your local doctor or occupational therapy department can help you. Do not be shy about asking questions! Here is a link to Amazon.com if you want to look at online options. You can research other companies and then come online to get a better price if you want to, or check out the styles and then call the manufacturer. Whatever works best for you.