Monday, 18 May 2009

Stair Lifts Opening Up Your Home

One of the hardest things for us to do as we get older is to climb the stairs. Often, particularly when the stairs are very narrow, curved, or very steep, climbing the stairs can be an incredibly scary task. A missed step at the top of the stairs can lead to disaster, if you live by yourself this is especially true. Since the stairs present such an ominous and large obstacle, often when you get older you simply stop using the upper half of your house. In the recent years the home medical equipment industry has grown and undergone a complete change. Devices that used to only be found in hospitals or were otherwise very expensive are now very affordable and easy to use and install. A stair lift is such a device that can open up a whole new world to you.

A stair lift raises or lowers the user along a track that is affixed to the side of the stairs. Depending on the model, these devices can support over 500 lbs of weight and provide a smooth and jerk free way of traversing the stairs. Generally installation can be done in as little as 2 hours using common household tools.

Most stair lifts utilize a chair that can swivel 180 degrees to allow the user to easily and safely mount and dismount the device. For those who have trouble sitting a perch system is also available. The perch system allows the rider to stand on a platform and has a built in hand grip and back rest. This allows the rider to lean against the backrest for added support. When not in use the stair lifts take up little space and still allow for normal use of the stairs.

Stair lifts are not only for interior stairs. There are several available outdoor models which are completely weatherproof. This means you do not have to feel like a prisoner in your own home. With the push of a button you can easily navigate the once scary concrete steps that separate you or someone you love from the outside world.

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