As we get older, the stairs can present quite a hazard. Whether it's down to visual impairment, balance issues, or just a natural result of ageing, you're more likely to have a fall or accident on the stairs than almost anywhere else in your home. Thankfully, a Lifeline alarm ensures that you can call for help quickly in an emergency. But how can we prevent accidents on the stairs in the first place? If you're having some difficulty getting up and down the stairs, it might be time to consider installing a stairlift. Here are eight benefits of installing a stairlift in your home - and how Lifeline24 can help you find the stairlift for you.
1. Reduce Your Risk of Falls
Without a stairlift, any trip up or down the stairs could result in a nasty fall. One of the biggest benefits of having a stairlift is that it pretty much eliminates the risk of a staircase accident. Just sit down on the seat, fasten the safety buckle, and use the stairlift to take you safely where you need to go.
2. Stay in Your Own Home for Longer
Most of us want to avoid moving into a care home, nursing home, or sheltered accommodation if we can. However, for those of us with stairs in our homes, this isn't always easy. It may become too dangerous to be going up and down the stairs during the night if, for example, your only bathroom is downstairs. Installing a stairlift can help you carry on living in the home you love for as long as possible.
3. Reduce Pain
For anyone with arthritis or a similar condition, going up and down the stairs can be especially painful. You might feel forced to restrict yourself to one floor of the house, or even downsize to a bungalow, but this needn't be necessary! Pain reduction is one of the greatest benefits of installing a stairlift for those with joint and muscle conditions. You'll travel up and down the stairs on a comfortable seat with sturdy armrests and a footrest.
4. Easy to Use
If you're not great with technology, you might be wary of getting a stairlift, but there's no need to worry. Modern stairlifts are very easy to use. Most models have simple controls built into the armrest. Some models come with one or two remote controls, which is ideal if multiple people will be using the stairlift. This way, you can call the stairlift from the top or the bottom of the stairs, staying safe at all times.
5. They're Reliable
You might wonder, "What happens if the stairlift runs out of power?" Luckily, this won't be a concern. Modern stairlifts will charge automatically when the seat is 'parked' so you don't need to worry about the battery dying halfway up the staircase! Many stairlifts also come with a backup battery - just like our Lifeline Alarms - to keep you safe and mobile during a power cut.
6. They're More Affordable Than You Think
Many people don't even consider getting a stairlift because they assume it will be too expensive, but stairlifts are often far more affordable than you might think. We've partnered up with Companion Stairlifts, who offer a price-match guarantee. This means they won't be beaten on price, making them a very affordable provider of the highest-quality stairlifts. Whether you have a straight, curved, or even a spiral staircase, there is a stairlift for you. What's more, many providers offer interest-free finance options to help you spread the cost. You may also qualify for a grant to help you fund your stairlift - for more information on grants and funding, read this guide by Age UK.
7. They're Flexible
It doesn't matter whether you've got a straight or curved staircase, wide or narrow, there is a stairlift out there for you. Our partners at Companion Stairlifts offer made-to-order stairlifts that are designed to fit your stairs perfectly. A trained surveyor will come and take measurements in your home to make sure the stairlift is a perfect fit. Then it will be pre-configured and tested before it arrives, so that installation will be as quick and seamless as possible.
8. Peace of Mind for the Whole Family
With a stairlift in place, you'll no longer need to worry about the risks of going up and down the stairs. What's more, your friends and family can enjoy peace of mind too. Older people who don't want to move into a care home or sheltered accommodation often face pressure from worried relatives. A stairlift can help to put everybody's mind at ease, so you can focus on the things that really matter.
A stairlift can give you a whole new lease of life in your home. For more information, give us a call on 01603 964306 - we can put you in touch with our partners at Companion Stairlifts and help you reclaim your independence safely.
(Image: Companion Stairlifts)