What to Consider When Installing Lift Chairs for the Elderly

What to Consider When Installing Lift Chairs for the Elderly
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    If you have an elderly person in your care, especially with one who has trouble moving about in the house due to health problems such as movement issues, where moving up or down a stairway presents a health hazard there might be a need for a lift chair.

    These are easily integrated into most modern-day houses and have proved their worth in thousands of homes already.

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If you have an elderly person in your care, especially one who has trouble moving about in the house due to health problems, where moving up or down a stairway presents a health hazard, there might be a need for a lift chair.

These are easily integrated into most modern-day houses and have proved their worth in thousands of homes already.

Along with the obvious benefit of protecting the person in question from exposing himself to necessary danger, it would also provide him/her with a sense of independence.

There are several things to consider should you decide to implement it in your home:

1. The body weight of the person it’s intended for

Depending on the physical weight, the needed guiding rail thickness and chair size must be adjusted.

2. The shape of the staircase

For curved staircases you will require specialized equipment that costs extra, so keep in mind the location where the most suited option for installment is.

3. The width of the staircase

An important thing to consider is if the staircase is wide enough for the installment of the chair, and if it leaves enough room for unrestricted passage. If not, one might consider expanding it in some way, or finding a more suitable place for installment.

How a Stair Lift Works on Straight Stairways

4. The condition of the staircase

If the staircase is decaying or has some damage, one might consider doing the necessary repairs first, otherwise the chair might malfunction due to the unstable platform it’s mounted on.

5. The starting and the stopping points for the stairs

Picking the most suitable place for installing the lift chair might be tricky. Keep in mind the power supply needed for it and the safety of usage.

Safety of usage: making the chair the proper height, if the chair is in the way of constant moving and where it should lead to, if there are any hazards such as a lack of proper lighting, if there is enough space for the elderly to safely dismount the chair.

Depending on what type of disability it’s suited to help with, there are two basic models with several options to chose from.

1) Chair models

A chair with or without an interface for independent usage, intended for those whose disabilities or injuries prevent them from walking up or down the stairs.

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2) Platform models

For those who have trouble bending their knees due to injuries or are in a constant need for a walker or in wheelchairs.

As for the installation, it would be advised to contact professionals associated with the manufacturer.

Needless to say it, if you should decide on this investment it’s bound to pay off, either by making the lives of people in your care easier or allowing them be more sovereign, as they once were.

Image credit: Marcus Newey, on Flickr

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