If you have a stairlift installed in your home, chances are you have used it for other household chores. Although it is advised that stairlifts are not used for anything more than transporting people up and down a flight of stairs, there are certain perks to having a mobility aide at your disposal. We are not advocating allowing the grandkids to ride your stairlift like a rollercoaster, or encouraging stairlift races but we have scoured the internet to find alternative uses for your lift.
We’ve heard of pampered pooches but this takes it to another level, if your dog struggles with the stairs or you simply don’t want Fido messing up the carpet, why not give them a lift? One company has actually created a canine stairlift, no word as yet as to whether it is bark operated but it is fully o-paw-rational (no prizes for that pun).
It’s not just dogs that are getting in on the stairlift craze; their feline counterparts have also been spotted taking a lazy trip up and down the stairs. Although we’re bit sure why this cat would risk one it’s 9 lives trying to operate a stairlift, we can only assume that it’s doing so safely and following all of the guidelines.
Many people also find that stairlifts are ideal for transporting large loads of washing or other household items between floors, if you struggle carrying the laundry basket then why not utilise the technology? As long as the load does not exceed the maximum weight restrictions of the stairlift and is securely placed on the seat, it is a great time saver.
Of course stairlifts are not all fun and games, in fact for many people they are an essential part of day to day life when dealing with illness or disability. Modern technology has led to the creation of mobility options that are both practical and stylish, fitting in with home décor and compact enough to be pushed to the side when not in use.
To find out more about installing a stairlift in your home, head to http://www.idealstairlifts.co.uk
Now I know this may be a long time coming for many readers, but there is a need to think about this. We all age (I’m sorry, it’s true; If I find the fountain of youth, ill share it with you all!!), but with age comes the inevitability of our body losing some of its mobility we enjoy in our earlier days. To ensure we maintain an active life and keep our ability to move around the home, a stair lift is a product that should be considered properly.
Stairlift dealers provide us with many types of stairlift, and the one you will require will depend on a) Your personal requirements, b) Your home and c) Your finances.
Straight Stairlifts and Curved Stairlifts – These are by the far the two most common types of stairlift available. The names are somewhat self-explanatory, and which of the two you will require all depends on shape of your staircase. If your staircase is perfectly straight, then (obviously!) a straight stairlift would be the best fit. However, if the staircase in your home has any bends, curves or corners, then a curved stairlift would be more appropriate.
Wheelchair Lift and Through-Floor Lifts – Whilst a wheelchair lift is more common in commercial buildings, it is also possible to have them installed in a home environment providing the stairs are wide enough. A wheelchair lift is similar to a stairlift, in that it has a rail attached to the stairs, but rather than a seat it has a platform large enough to accommodate a wheelchair. For this reason, an alternative name for a wheelchair life is a platform lift.
Outdoor Stairlifts – If you must use stairs to access your building or garden, then an outdoor stairlift would be the ideal solution for you. They are built to withstand all weathers we have.
Now if you have a limited budget, you needn’t fret. Stairlifts are available as both second-hand models and rentals. Reconditioned will be fully serviced and will have new features (like the seat and arm bars). A rental stairlift will have the same features, with the exception of ownership. Renting a stairlift can cost as little as £10 per month. It’s a good idea to assess how long you will likely need a stairlift for before committing to buying or renting.
If you have any questions, worries or need advice, companies like Platinum Stairlifts are more than happy to help if you get in touch.