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Safety in the Home: What Is A Stairlift?

We're starting to see a lot of print and TV advertisements for stairlifts – targeted to the aging-in-place crowd. For that reason, we are publishing a series of posts focused on stairlifts (stair lifts) and the benefits they might have for families in need.

Just what is a stairlift and what considerations do you need to think about when researching them to remain safe in your own home? Let's dive in and look for some answers.

What are the different types of stairlifts?

A stairlift (or stair lift) is a mechanical device used to help lift people up and down the stairs. Stairlifts (stair lifts) are primarily targeted to aging individuals who can no longer navigate stairs because of mobility issues. Stairlifts also provide a great benefit to disabled folks who need assistance in multi-level homes or work sites.

#1. Straight Rail Stairlift

Safety in the Home: What Is A Stairlift?

A straight rail stairlift is the most common of all the stairlift products on the market. They are fairly easy to install and work well for the staircase that is straight (without curves). Straight rail stairlifts can be installed in a matter of hours, and require minimal training for the user(s).

#2. Curved Rail Stairlift

A curved rail stairlift is a custom stairlift that requires a bit more planning than the traditional straight rail stairlift. Because it's custom-made (to the curvature of your staircase), these type stairlifts can take up to 8 weeks to order and install. The curved rail stairlift can wrap around an associated wall so as to tuck-away, out of site.

Have you been thinking about adding a stairlift to your home?  Get a quote from top installers first.

#3. Wheelchair or Platform Chairlift

The wheelchair (or platform) type chairlift is a more industrial apparatus that allows for the heavy lifting of a person and their wheelchair. You'll see many of the wheelchair platform chairlifts in public buildings or larger homes that can accommodate for a larger style chairlift.

#4. Outdoor Chairlift

Outdoor chairlifts are similar to those mentioned above with the exception of weatherproofing to protect them from the elements.

How Much Do Stairlifts Cost?

The average cost of a stairlift consists of a number of factors, but the most influential being the distance (or length) the stairlift has to travel.  BuyerZone, a popular marketplace that matches consumers with service professionals states that the average stairlift installation cost ranges between $2,000 and $10,000 depending on the type of chairlift and length of the chairlift.

Other Considerations for Stairlifts

When considering the purchase of a stairlift, there are many other considerations to think about and plan for.

Some other things to think about include; the price of permitting, the electrical work required, the structural integrity of the staircase, back-up batteries, and more.

We strongly recommend that you hire a professional to install your stairlift so it is safe, up to code, and installed properly the first time around!

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