In 2011, the AARP did a survey of older homeowners and found most of them preferred to “age in place” instead of moving into a nursing home or other form of senior housing.
“The overwhelming majority of people want to stay in their homes,” age-in-place consultant Alissa Boroff told The Minneapolis Star-Tribune in 2014. “But the way we’re building homes, we’re not supporting their needs. There’s not enough universal design so people can age gracefully.”
Universal design refers to the concept of building homes so that they work for people at every stage of their lives. When that’s not the case, many homeowners wind up taking a proactive approach to aging and redesigning their homes to fit their eventual needs.
The Star-Tribune profiled a few couples who had remodeled their homes to make them more accessible. One added a bathroom with a walk-in shower and wheelchair accessible sink, while another added a bedroom and bathroom to their first floor.
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If you’re a senior citizen on a tightly fixed income, and if you desperately need to have a stairlift installed in your home, you’re certainly in something of a tight spot. You know that having a high-quality stair lift will significantly improve the quality of your life. But if you’re on a fixed income, it’s unlikely that you have much left over at the end of the month after paying the bills and buying groceries.
If that sounds at all like the situation you’re in, a stair lift—which can range anywhere from $3000 to $5000 for a standard model, and much more if you happen to have a curved staircase—is almost certainly not in the stars, right? Well … not necessarily.
The truth is that there are funds available for people in positions just like yours. Of course, not everyone knows that financial assistance—for stairlifts, of all things!—is actually out there. And even those that do might not necessarily know where to look. You, however, have come to just the right place. Keep reading for a primer on where to go and what to do to acquire the funds that could make a new home stair lift a very distinct reality.
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As with every other stage of life, growing older comes complete with its own unique set of pros and cons. It’s an unfortunate fact that the cons are probably the aspects of senior living we tend to talk and think about the most.
If you’re someone who has experienced a loss of mobility, for instance, you may be under the assumption that many of the hobbies and past times you once enjoyed will someday soon no longer be available to you. That’s certainly an understandable worry, especially if you live in a home with multiple floors, and with hobby rooms set up in various locations around the house.
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Spend some time reading through the archives of our blog, and you’ll notice soon enough that nearly each one of the posts here describes or otherwise explains a scenario in which a stairlift can significantly improve the life of an elderly or disabled member of your family.
Perhaps that elderly or disabled person is you.
If so, we certainly hope you’ve found something on our blog that has convinced you that a stairlift—whether purchased new or used, or even rented temporarily—truly can make your day-to-day life less stressful and more pleasant overall.
But in this blog post, we’d like to introduce a slightly different concept. We’d like to explain to you the stair lift benefits for the other members of your family as well—family members who wouldn’t normally see a need for a home stairlift.
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A Handicap Chairlift Can Make Your Life Easier
For most of us, the question of whether or not a building or a home has stairs is something we rarely think about.
But for people who don’t have the full use of their legs, not having access can mean the end of a night out. It can mean they can’t shop in a certain store, or visit a friend’s home.
Older or disabled people can face this kind of hardship on a regular basis in public. There’s no reason they should have to face it at home.
That’s where owning a handicap chairlift—like the ones provided by PA Stairlifts—comes in. It’s a piece of equipment that can change your life in any number of ways. Depending on your situation or that of your loved ones, it can also keep you from having to change your life.
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Comfortable, efficient, and user-friendly, stair lifts make moving up and down the stairs safe and fast for the physically disabled and the aged. While a stair lift is an important part of your home, it can cause severe injury if it ends up in the wrong hands or if it’s poorly handled.
If you have a stair lift in your home or you are planning to get one, it is paramount to ensure that you are completely familiar with the basic safety measures and mechanisms of the equipment in order to keep the rider or other family members out of harm’s way whenever the stair lift system is in operation.
Here are a few stair lift safety tips:
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Often, stairs are the biggest obstacle for people with mobility problems. That’s particularly true if they want to remain in their own homes. To restore their independence and boost their mobility, stair lifts are the way to go.
For many deserving people, however, purchasing a stair lift may not always be a realistic option. They are rarely covered by insurance companies. And even if they are partially covered, the cost can still be prohibitive.
This is just one of the reasons so many seniors and other people with mobility issues consider the option of stairlift rentals in PA rather than buying. Before renting, however, it is paramount important to take a close look at all the pros and cons where renting is concerned. There are a number of factors you may need to consider before settling on renting a stair lift as an effective alternative to buying.
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Stair lifts are an excellent way to boost mobility and independence in your home.
The physically challenged and the aging have the most to gain from stair lifts. But if your present home wasn’t designed with access in mind, you might need to make some aging-in-place modifications for yourself or a loved one with a physical impairment.
There are varying types of stair lifts, and so it’s of paramount importance to choose a model that most ideally fits your unique lifestyle.
Types of Stair Lifts
Although there are many factors to consider when choosing the right home stair lift, the design of the stairway itself determines the type of lift you’ll need to install: straight or curved. However, when choosing the stairlift that will ultimately serve your needs, you should first decide exactly where you want to have it installed.
With straight stairways, stair lifts can be installed on either side of the stairway. Curved stair lifts have to be customized, and this may necessitate a change in structure, which in turn can make them much more costly to install than straight lifts. Professionally installed stairlifts are bespoke to serve your stairway efficiently, allowing for curves, turns and landings.
With the current market being flooded with varieties of models, selecting the ideal stair chair lift can be a daunting task. This article will guide you in choosing the best stairlift for your home.
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Remember when the busy Christmas Eve traffic was the only thing complicated about the holiday season? Remember when traveling across the state – or even to the other side of the county – to visit family was as simple as hopping on a plane or behind the wheel of your car?
If you have mobility issues, you may be worried about what the holiday season might look like this year – that’s only natural.
If you invite friends or family to your home, for instance, will you feel like too much of a burden if you end up needing help to get up and down the stairs?
Maybe you’d like to visit your children at their home for the holidays, but find yourself worrying that your lack of mobility might make for awkward or uncomfortable situations.
If those sound at all like the sort of thoughts that have been running through your head, take heart, because there is a solution.
Nerve damage. Vertigo. Chronic pain syndrome. These are just a few of the many, many medical conditions that can transform the life of an otherwise independent person into one of almost endless inconvenience.
That’s because it’s not always easy to get from point A to point B when your hips, or your knees, or your feet are in a near constant state of pain.
And if there’s one single residential feature that seems to create more aggravation and bother for semi-mobile people with pain issues than just about anything else in the home, it’s most definitely a set of stairs.
Here in the Philadelphia region, and even in parts of Montgomery County and Bucks County, homes with as many as three staircases are nearly standard-issue. That’s a scenario that can make everyday activities — walking upstairs to the restroom, for instance, or walking downstairs to do the laundry or the dishes — almost impossible for those with lower extremity pain.
A residential stair lift, in fact, can literally be a lifesaver for anyone dealing with pain issues.
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