Aging, surgery or disability can make it challenging to get around the home. Sometimes, muscle loss and aging can impact a senior citizen’s mobility and ability to perform routine tasks, like going up and down stairs.
If climbing the stairs is becoming more difficult, there’s no need to move to a new house or lose your independence. People with disabilities and the elderly can continue to live in their current home and may not necessarily need 24-7 assistance if they make the necessary changes to their home. Something as simple as the addition of a chairlift to your Denver home, for instance, can make a world of difference in your mobility.
Stair lifts, also known as chair lifts, are motorized chairs that go up a track fixed onto the stairs. The lift is self-operated with a push button and many come with seat belts for extra safety. They also have a swivel function, so they can turn to face the landing once the person reaches the top of the stairs. This means that the lift doubles as a barrier across the stairs.
Stair lifts can accommodate up to 500lbs and are suitable for people who can walk independently or with a stick, so they can maneuver themselves in and out of the lift. Chairlifts Denver specialists can give more advice and show different display models if the person is unsure.
Wheelchair lifts are designed for use by permanent wheelchair users. They are vertical lifts that accommodate the person in their wheelchair and can take them to any floor with single push button operation. They have a weight limit of around 750lbs.
Wheelchair lifts can be customized to the customer’s needs. They don’t take up a lot of room. Some are compact enough to use in a small home. These types of lifts are meant for one person only so are ideal for wheelchair users who live independently.
Home elevators are meant for more than person to use at one time, for example, a wheelchair user and their personal assistant. These can also be used for moving medical equipment. However, this option is very expensive, consumes a large amount of space within the home (which will need re-modeling) and requires costly maintenance. If the property is big enough and the funds are available, though, a home elevator can help a person with a severe disability stay out of residential care.
People with disabilities and the elderly can maintain their independence and continue to enjoy their home even when mobility becomes challenging. Stairlifts enable them to go up and down stairs safely and wheelchair lifts accommodate people with walking restrictions, too. Home elevators, while pricey, can make life easier for people who have a personal assistant. Independent living aids are available to suit all situations.