You’ve decided that your home needs a stair lift. Either you or your partner (or possibly your parents) can’t climb or descend the stairs safely anymore, so you need a more convenient way to travel between the levels in your house.
That being said, you might have a few misgivings about stair lift technology. Maybe you have an unusually shaped staircase, maybe you worry the stair lift won’t fit. You might also worry that the cost of a stair lift is outside your means.
Even if you think you can’t afford a stair lift, you do have a way to get this technology into your home. Simply read through the tips below to learn more.
Hurdle #1: You Have a Spiral, Curved, or Unusually Shaped Staircase
When you’ve seen stair lifts in advertisements on TV or online, you’ve probably appreciated the lift’s smooth motion as it went up a straight flight of stairs. However, your home doesn’t have straightforward, ordinary stairs like that. Instead, your home has a charming and unique staircase.
You might assume that you’ll have to remodel the stairs for the lift or install an elevator to get to your upper level. But you can still keep that charming staircase and enjoy your home’s uniqueness-you just have to talk to your stair lift provider about curved lifts or custom options.
Stair lift tracks don’t have to go in a straight line. Your installer can put them in all kinds of different configurations to accommodate spirals, multiple levels, and unusual shapes. So don’t give up on incorporating this technology in your home. Talk to your stair lift provider to learn more.
Hurdle #2: Your Staircase Is Outside
If you have an impressive deck, outdoor loft, or any other raised platforms in your backyard, you don’t have to give up using them due to limited mobility. You can install stair lifts outside-you just have to use lifts specifically designed for the outdoors.
Manufacturers have specifically designed outdoor stair lifts to weather the elements. Of course, an outdoor lift may require more upkeep than its indoor counterpart, but you can count on your exterior lift to stay strong in the face of wind, sun, and precipitation.
Hurdle #3: Your Staircase Is in a Narrow or Tight Location
Some older homes have narrow staircases that might not fit the traditional stair lift. Additionally, both old and modern homes have obstacles like nearby doorways that sit parallel to the foot of the stairs. These doorways present a hazard because the lift track might stick out into them, leading to a tripping risk.
Again, manufacturers can make stair lifts in virtually any configuration. You can find lifts in a variety of sizes, even those that accommodate narrow staircases. You may have to shop around more than you would otherwise, but you will usually find a stair lift that meets your needs.
In the case of nearby doorways, you can ask your installer about hinged tracks. These tracks can lie at the top and/or the bottom of the track, and you fold them out when you need them and put them away when you don’t use the lift. You don’t have to worry about tripping hazards at all with the hinged option.
Hurdle #4: You Don’t Think Your Budget Can Cover a Stair Lift
A stair lift costs less than medical bills from a fall, but that fact alone might not make a lift economical for your budget. But don’t let your budget keep you from getting the aging-in-place improvements your home needs. You can find other ways of financing your stair lift.
See if your installer offers financing options, or see if your state or municipality offers loans for home improvements. You can even take out a loan in some cases, depending on your income and the cost of your stair lift.
Or, to save even more money, invest in a refurbished stair lift. Some models can cost as little as $2,200 and give you easy access to every level in your house.
Don’t let any of the above hurdles keep you from getting crucial aging-in-place home improvements. Contact Twin City Stair Lifts today to see how we can help.