Which is lucky. Our population is gradually growing older, and as such more people need assistance traversing stairs. With advances in medical care also meaning more people are able to lead full lives via wheelchairs there is more and more call for domestic lifts.
Stairs can be a problem for a number of people. Whether it is age that has limited your manoeuvrability, which will happen to us all, or accidents/injuries or illness that has limited your movements, stairs can provide an insurmountable obstacle to making the best use of your house.
But you no longer need to move to a bungalow or flat, as is used to be the case. There are domestic lifts that you can utilize to ensure that you can use your whole home, not just the downstairs portion.
Types of Domestic Lifts
There are 3 types of domestic lifts that are generally available for people to use in their home, each come with their own unique benefits.
Vertical platform lifts, sometimes called through floor lifts, are traditionally the type of lift most regularly used by wheelchair users. They are raised and lowered on a platform that travels through the floor (hence through floor lifts) from one room in the house to another (and potentially up a number of floors if required).
They provide easy access as they can simply be walked on to, or rolled on to for wheelchairs, without the need for steps or leaving the chair. A simple control panel allows it to travel between floors.
Inclined platform lifts also use a platform travelling up and down a system (usually fitted to a load bearing wall), only rather than going vertically it goes at an incline. This makes it perfect for use in travelling up and down stair cases. An added advantage of this is that no hole needs to be cut to allow it passage, but it is only really possible on stair cases without any further twists.
Finally there is the stair lift. This is one of the most common types of domestic lifts used today. Like the incline platform the stair lift travels up the stairs at an incline rather than cutting though any part of the house.
Unlike the inclined platform the stair lift is not easy to use for wheelchairs. Instead it is a seat attached to the wall which provides runners and an electronic motor to move the passenger up and down the stairs. This makes it easy to get on and off for those who are able to move around on their feet but who struggle with stairs. It also means that it is able to turn corners on stairs, unlike the inclined platform lift.
Each of these domestic lifts has their own advantages and disadvanatges, you need to decide which best suits you.
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