There comes a point in many people’s lives when they begin to find it difficult to walk up and down stairs without help. Such mobility problems can be the result of injury, illness, weakness in the legs, poor eyesight, reduced balance and a number of other conditions. If you find that it’s becoming harder and harder to manage the stairs in your home unassisted, it’s time to look into purchasing a stair lift.
Here’s our handy stair lift guide:
- There are several different types of stair lifts:
- Straight stair lifts are designed to go up and down straight staircases. They’re mass-produced and are easy to install, but they can’t accommodate landings, curves or turns.
- Curved stair lifts are more expensive because they’re custom-made, but they’re a better choice if you have curves, turns or landings.
- Standing stair lifts are useful if your stairs are narrow or if it’s difficult for you to bend your knees.
- Once you’ve installed a stair lift in your home, observe safety procedures. Always buckle up when you’re in the stair lift, avoid overloading it and make sure to dismount very carefully. Lock up the stair mount when it’s not in use and never allow children to play on or around it.
If you need a little help getting around, BEK Medical offers a wide variety of canes, walkers and other mobility products to help you get where you need to go. Browse our online selection and contact us or stop in to any of our locations.