5 Myths About Stair Lifts

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Accessible Systems of Colorado Springs

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Jan 15, 2024

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Myth 1: A stairlift takes up the entire staircase.

FACT:  The chair's arms, seat, and footrest can also be folded out of the way at the top and bottom landing of the staircase, thus creating room for foot traffic on the stairs.

Myth 2: I can't get a stair lift because my staircase has curves and turns.

FACT: While stair lift installations on straight staircases may be more common, there are stairlift models built specifically for staircase that has curves and turns

These types of stair lifts are known as "curved stairlifts". To properly fit a "curved" rail on your specific staircase, a stairlift expert will come to your home and take measurements of your staircase. Those measurements are then sent to the manufacturer so that they can build the rail to properly fit your staircase.

Myth 3: Stair Lifts are attached to the wall

All stairlifts are mounted onto the stairs

FACT: The rail of a stair lift is not attached to the wall when installed on a staircase. It is actually mounted on the treads of the stairs, so your walls will not be damaged.

Myth 4: You have to enter & exit from a stair tread.

FACT: Getting on and off a stair lift is both safe and easy for most users. At the top of the steps, the seat swivels enabling safe exit and entry at the top landing and at the bottom, the rail extends to the floor allowing for safe exit/entry on the bottom landing.

Myth 5: A stair lift means giving up your independence.

FACT:  Yes, you will no longer be walking up and down the stairs, but that is perfectly okay if the stairs have become too difficult to climb, adding a stair lift actually increases your ability access your home independently. Some will say "but I use the stairs for exercise". Stairs may be a great way to exercise, but when mobility is limited and there is risk of serious injury, then it is better to find a safer exercise option, like walking.

Editor’s Note: This article was submitted by Karli Johnson with Accessible Systems and Lifeway Mobility. She may be reached at 719-974-4086 or by email at  karli.johnson@LifewayMobility.com

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