Stair lifts are a great product to consider installing in your home if you’re afraid of tripping and falling. Some of the biggest causes of falling in the home is a poor stair design, uneven stairs and small stair widths. Every year, millions of people admit to the emergency room due to injuries suffered from falling. Small home modifications for older people can go a long way in preventing these injuries and giving peace of mind. Not sure if a stair lift is right for your home? Here are three common questions that can help you decide.

How do I know if a stair lift will fit in my home?

There is a stair lift available to fit virtually every staircase. If you have a straight staircase with no turns or landings, then a straight stair lift is what you’ll need. Curved stair lifts are also available for any other type of staircase and can be customized to the layout of your home. Most stair lifts simply require a wall outlet to plug into, and many of them also come with a battery backup in the event of an emergency.

A trained and certified home accessibility professional can create the appropriate configuration to keep you safe while going up and down the stairs. You do not need to have any background knowledge on the different types of stair lifts available or if they’ll fit your needs. When you work with the right professional, they will make recommendations based on exactly what you need to maximize your mobility and increase safety in your home.

Can you install a stair lift for outdoor stairs?

Stair lifts are also designed for your outdoor living space. Most outdoor stair lifts are fully waterproof and designed to withstand harsh elements. Like indoor stair lifts, they are customized for straight stairs, curved stairs or even for stairs with multiple landings. Enjoy your outdoor living space more with an outdoor stair lift that requires minimal maintenance over time.

How sturdy is a stair lift?

A stair lift is typically secured directly to the staircase, not on the railing or the wall. You should not experience any type of unsteadiness with your stair lift, since your weight is applied to the staircase. The weight limit of stair lifts can vary, but many of them have a maximum weight capacity of 300 pounds with options for higher weight capacities if you often carry items up the stairs that could exceed this weight limit. 

Next Day Access believes your home is where you should find ultimate comfort. The feeling of being uncomfortable walking up and down stairs can lead to a greater risk of accidents. If something as small as installing a stair lift could ease your worries, then give us a call today to schedule a free in-home safety assessment.