A stair lift can be the ultimate assistive device for a senior living at home. Tripping and falling scenarios are more likely when stairs are involved. Improving your overall balance, strengthening your muscles and taking care of other health concerns can reduce the risk of falling. However, your physical environment also plays a major factor in your risk of falling, according to the National Council on Aging. A stair lift can be modified to fit your specific staircase and your individual needs to provide the most comfort possible. Consider these options and how to go through the process of stair lift installation.

Can Homeowners Take Their Own Measurements?

If you want to get an idea of how much space your stair lift will take up on your staircase, then feel free to take some measurements for your knowledge. However, if a company tells you they will offer discounted services if you take measurements on your own for them to use for the installation process, you should not do so. A professional will need to take precise measurements, including the staircase length, the rise of the stairs, the net tread and the staircase width. These measurements can be even more detailed with a curved staircase. The bottom line is the official measurements should be taken by the professional doing the installation to provide the safest environment for a senior living at home.

Potential Modification Options For A Stair Lift

Stair lifts are available in various models, styles and price points. Sometimes you will still need specific modifications based on your situation and a reputable home accessibility professional can help. Some of the modification options can include powered swivel chairs, folding rails at the bottom of the staircase, different controls, seating and security offerings to help seniors feel as safe as possible. If there is any aspect of your stair lift that could make operating it easier, contact the professional installer to see if it’s possible.

Enjoy Your Stair Lift Indoors Or Outdoors

Many people aren’t aware stair lifts are available in indoor and outdoor models. They are most popular indoors to get from one level of the home to another, but an outdoor stair lift can be just as useful if you spend a lot of time outside. Outdoor stair lifts are typically made with waterproof materials and come with a cover for protection. With the options and flexibility stair lifts have, it’s easy to see why it’s one of the most popular assistive devices for senior care.

Every stair lift purchased from Next Day Access is delivered and installed by certified and highly-trained home accessibility professionals. We will take all of the necessary measurements, anticipate potential issues and find solutions for them, make recommendations and install your stair lift securely for you. Our goal is to provide the safest possible environment for a senior living at home, and a stair lift is a great way to do it. Contact us today to schedule your free home assessment to get started.