If you’re someone who has recently entered the so-called “sunset years” of life, you’re aware that growing older comes with its fair share of both positive and negative attributes.
Maybe you’ve managed to comfortably retire, and are now spending your days traveling, or playing with your grandchildren. There’s no denying the fact that the last decades of life, under the right circumstances, can be some of your very best.
But growing older can also be a struggle. This is the time of life when our bodies and our minds begin to rebel against the many years of hard labor we’ve put them through. The result can be very serious pain, and sometimes an inability to properly take care of ourselves, even in the most basic of ways.
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Spring is here, bringing with it plenty of opportunities to get out and enjoy your backyard. But for people with mobility issues, this can be easier said than done.
That’s why we want to spend some time today talking about ways to make your backyard – from decks to patios to walkways – more accessible.
In some cases that means installing devices such as stair lifts and platform lifts. Other times, accessibility means making certain adjustments.
Here are a few ways to make your backyard for accessible this spring:
1. Spaces and paths
Everyone wants a smooth, level place to sit during backyard gatherings, and people who use wheelchairs are no exception. Wheelchairs need about five feet of space in which to turn around. Ideally, you should aim for more than that, with spaces scattered around the area.
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Installing a stair lift – also known as a chair lift – will change your life for the better, but it’s a purchase that requires some education.
Most stair lifts come with several different features, and determining which stair lift features you’ll need most is important to making your choice.
But before we get to stair lift features, we wanted to review some of the basic terms you might encounter as you do your research.
- Carriage – Another word for the seat or platform that carries users up and down the stairs.
- Track – The long metal piece that runs up the stairwell. It is typically affixed to the steps rather than to the wall.
- Cycle – A round trip on the stair lift.
- Stair tread – The part of the stairs on which people walk.
- Swivel seat – A carriage that can turn at an angle – usually 45-90 degrees –allowing users to swivel away from the steps and get on or off the lift on a flat, stable surface.
Some common stair lift features include:
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A stair lift installation can change your life, or at the very least, the character of your home.
It’s a big purchase, and like any major purchase – your house, a new car – it’s one you shouldn’t make without first asking questions.
That’s why we’ve put together this list of questions you should ask before your stair lift installation begins. It’s information any stair lift company offering stair lifts for sale in Pennsylvania should provide.
1. Will it fit?
The stair lift you choose should be available to accommodate different types of staircases: straight or curved. Ideally, you should choose a stair lift with a modular design, which means installation will be simple, with no changes to your home.
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