There’s a lot of work that goes into getting your home ready for holiday guests: cooking, cleaning, adding fresh sheets to the guest room.
But when one of your guests has a disability, your job is to make your home not just hospitable, but accessible. If this is new territory for you, don’t worry. We’ve put together a few tips to help guests who have disabilities feel more at home.
Here’s a phrase that we should leave in the past: “Confined to a wheelchair.”
Having to use a wheelchair doesn’t mean you’re trapped, especially not at home. From stair lifts to ramps, there are options available to you or your loved ones to make your home more accessible:
1. Wheelchair ramps
Ramps are the most common way of making a home, business or public building more accessible to people who use wheelchairs, scooters, or simply have difficulty getting up and down stairs. A contractor can install a permanent ramp made of concrete or wood, but a folding or modular ramp can also work if you’re on a tighter budget.
When we think of someone using a chair lift, it’s tempting to picture a person who has permanently lost their ability to make it up and down the steps.
But sometimes the need for a chair lift is just temporary. If you’ve just gotten out of the hospital, or are returning home after spending time in a rehabilitation center, it’s important to have support in place. Physical and occupational therapists know the value of renting a chair lift for your home while you’re in the midst of your recovery.
We’re sure you’ve seen a stair lift at some point, even if it was on TV or a movie. But if you’re looking to buy or rent a stair lift, you’ll have one important question: How do they work? In this blog post, we’ll look at the basics of a stair lift: what they’re made of, how they work, and how they can help.
Parts & pieces of your stair lift
The central part of the stair lift is known as the carriage, which is comprised of the seat, footplate, armrests and seatbelt, along with the motor and battery that power the lift.
Most stair lifts can be moved horizontally at the top or bottom of the stairs to allow people to get on and off. Some stair lifts don’t feature a seat and are designed to hold a wheelchair, or to let people use them while standing.
It might be something your doctor or physical therapist recommends after therapy. It may only be for a short recuperation period, but it will make your home safer and more accessible. Whether you need to buy or rent stair lifts, we offer a variety of models to suit your needs.
Or you may find that you or a loved one needs additional assistance going from the one level of your house to another. A stair lift can get you there safely, without risk of trips or falls.
PA Stair Lifts is a proud distributor of MediTek Stairlifts. They offer both multi-flight and external stair lifts as well as a range of accessories. Read on to learn more about some of the unique features of these accessibility products. It will tell you what to look for in a stair lift.
Continuous Battery Charging
The batteries constantly recharge and remain ready for use. Constant charging also preserves battery life, so your stair lift’s batteries maintain their charge longer.
As it happens, we also sell vertical platform lifts—they’re sometimes referred to as “porch lifts” or “residential platform lifts”—and they’re manufactured by Bruno right here in the United States. Vertical platform lifts are designed for people who use wheelchairs, specifically those who aren’t able to lift themselves out of their wheelchair and into the chair that’s attached to a stairlift.
Thanks to the Americans with Disabilities Act, most public places are designed with people who use wheelchairs in mind: ramps or ground-level entry ways, handicap parking, automatic doors.
But when it comes to your home, it’s a different story. Chances are your house wasn’t designed with wheelchair use in mind. And that can be a problem if you or a loved one finds themselves needing a wheelchair to get around.
At Pennsylvania Stair Lifts, this is the type of thing we think about all the time. Making homes more wheelchair-friendly is our business. That’s why we’ve put together these tips for making your home wheelchair accessible.
If you were to stop 10 random people on the street and ask them to describe the physical attributes of the sort of person who might have a home stair lift installed in their home, how do you think they would respond?
We can’t say for sure, but we can probably agree on this: The words “old,” or “elderly,” or “senior” would probably feature in almost every description. And that likely wouldn’t come as a surprise. Because for reasons that are mostly obvious, the average stair lift or “stair chair” owner is also a senior citizen.
The Elderly Aren’t the Only Population Who Can Benefit from Stair Lifts
But common sense tells us that elderly people suffering from arthritis or other mobility issues aren’t the only demographic that can benefit from a device that transports you up and down a set of stairs.
There are a few million multi-generational households in America, according to the AARP. The combination of rising housing costs, a stagnant economy and an aging population have led to more and more homes where parents, children and grandparents live under one roof.
Having an aging parent move in with you comes with rewards. You can share costs, forge closer bonds and have someone to help with some level of child care.
At the same time, a multi-generation household can cause stresses for both you and your parents. You want them to feel like part of the family while also preserving your core family’s unity. And if they’re staying with you for health reasons, you may end up caring for them while also trying to raise children.