Advantages & Disadvantages of Stair Lifts

Going upstairs can be a real problem for the elderly, the handicapped, or anyone who is temporarily disabled.

Basics

Attempting to do it by yourself can be very dangerous, but a stair lift can be a safe and easy way to get up and down your staircase. Before you decide that this is the option for you, there are some things that you should know about stair lifts.

A stair lift is a motorized device that is installed on a staircase and transports you up and down. Stair lifts are extremely helpful for anyone who is unable to climb stairs. They can be fitted to any type of staircase whether it is straight or curved; however, a lift for a curved staircase may be more expensive. Having a stair lift provides a safe way for you to get upstairs without having to do it on your own. A stair lift can hold anywhere from 220 to 500 lb.

Features

Stair lifts come in two styles. The first is fitted with a chair that you ride up. The other has a platform that you can either stand on or roll a wheelchair onto. In addition, many chairlifts can be fitted with a safety strap to ensure security. You can also customize your stair lift to face whichever direction you prefer. Most chair lifts are self-operated, but you can buy one that is operated by another person, if needed.

Advantages

There are several advantages to having a stair lift. People who are disabled are often forced to move into a nursing home or to move completely to the first floor of their house. If you are unable to climb stairs, a stair lift provides easy access to the top floors of your house. A stair lift also allows you to stay in your home rather than move into a one-story house or even a nursing home.

Disadvantages

The main disadvantage to stair lifts is that they are extremely expensive. Stair lifts also require a lot of electricity to run, so you will see a rise in your electric bill. Another disadvantage is that, if the stair lift breaks down, it can take a really long time for the parts to come in. Installing a stair lift may also create damage to the staircase. In certain cases, railings must be removed in order to install the lift.

Conclusions

A stair lift can be very expensive, but it can also be a lifesaver. You can save money by purchasing a stair lift rather than moving into a nursing home. Buying a used stair lift is another way in which you can save money. Chair lifts can be a hassle, especially if they break down. It can take several weeks to install one, so if you need assistance soon, you might want to choose a different option.

About the Author

Jason Sandahl is a freelance writer. He is an actor living in Richmond, Virginia. He has performed in over 15 productions both professional and community. He has a Bachelor of Arts in theatre with a minor in dance from Louisiana State University. He has been an amateur writer for ten years, writing short stories and poetry for his personal enjoyment.