Did you know that over 18 million people throughout the United States and Canada have mobility restrictions of some kind? When you’re struggling to move around your home, it can feel like you’re losing your independence, especially if your home has stairs. Getting a stair lift can help make your life easier. However, there are some common misconceptions about stair lifts that you might’ve heard in the past.
Here, we’re debunking some of the myths so you can better decide if adding a stair lift to your home is the best option for your needs.
1. You Can’t Install One on a Curved Staircase
Many of the homeowners we work with assume that stair lifts only work on straight staircases. However, that’s not the case! There are some stair lift models that are compatible with curved staircases as well as those with landings.
If you’re worried about whether a stair lift will work on your staircase, one of our experts will come out for an in-home consultation to determine which models will work best for your home.
2. Stair lifts Solely Use Electricity
Another common misconception is that stair lifts are solely powered by electricity. While you will need an electrical outlet at the top or bottom of your stairs for charging purposes, the chair itself is battery-powered.
This means that even if you experience a power outage in your home, your chair will continue working as long as it has some remaining battery life.
3. They Take Up the Entire Width of a Staircase
Some homeowners are concerned that the stair lift will be too wide for their staircase, preventing other people from walking up and down the stairs. However, there’s no need to worry. Most stair lift models leave enough space for other family members to walk up and down the stairs comfortably.
If you do need extra space, then you can fold up the arms, footrest, and seat of the lift to make it more compact.
4. Stair lifts Attach to the Wall
When you imagine a stair lift, you probably picture it being mounted to the wall, right? This is another common misconception. In reality, the railing for your stair lift will be mounted on the treads of the stairs, not the wall.
5. Only Seniors Use Stair lifts
The final misconception we often hear is the assumption that only seniors use stair lifts. While they are a great option for those wishing to age in place, the truth is that almost anyone can benefit from a stair lift.
For instance, if you suffer a significant foot, leg, or ankle injury, you can use the stair lift to get up and down the stairs while you heal. The simple fact of the matter is that anyone who is experiencing mobility restrictions, regardless of age, could benefit from using a stair lift.
Don’t Fall for These Misconceptions About Stair Lifts
After reading through these debunked misconceptions about stair lifts, we hope you have a better understanding of how a stair lift could make your life easier. To schedule an in-home consultation or receive a free quote for a stair lift installation in your home, contact us today and someone will be in touch with you shortly.