Handicap Stairlifts

Handicap stairlifts are devices that help people with reduced mobility to travel up and down stairs safely and securely.  There are many different reasons why installing a handicap stairlift can be very useful in allowing people with a range of conditions to continue to enjoy their independence.

Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy affects certain areas of a patient’s brain.  Which area of the brain is affected varies on a person to person case and sometimes the effects are barely noticeable.  However, it is very common for those with cerebral palsy to have moderate to severe mobility issues with some being confined to a wheelchair.  For these people, handicap stairlifts can be a great addition to their homes, or to the homes of their carers.  Generally, for those with cerebral palsy, two types of seating arrangements on handicap stairlifts are applicable:

  • Seated stairlifts, for those who are able to walk slightly and can move into a seat
  • Wheelchair or platform stairlifts, onto which a wheelchair can be placed
Cerebral Palsy is a lifelong condition that starts at birth, meaning that new parents suddenly need to make tremendous adjustments to their homes in order to accommodate a – sometimes severely – disabled child.  Handicap stairlifts are not only available for staircases, but also for baths, which can be essential in assisting a person with Cerebral Palsy to do everyday tasks.

Visual Disabilities

In the elderly, it is not uncommon for vision to deteriorate over time.  Some people may even go entirely blind.  For people who have visual disabilities, climbing stairs may be a frightening experience and cause lack of confidence.  Installing disabled stairlifts allows those with visual disabilities to travel up and down the stairs without fearing trips or falls.

Heart Defects

Having a heart defect can manifest itself in a variety of way, including:

  • Reduced fine motor skills
  • Impaired general motor skills
  • Impaired motor functions
  • Visual impairment
  • Pain and discomfort
For these people, handicap stairlifts are a fantastic invention, as they not only allow them to overcome any physical impairment and reduced mobility issues they may experience, it also allows them to reduce any strains on the heart due to physical exertion that can be caused by climbing the stairs.

There are many other conditions that can cause reduced mobility.  This may be a sudden event, such as following a stroke or after the onset of diabetes or dementia, or it may be a condition that people were born with.  Regardless of the condition, however, having handicap stairlifts installed in the home can make a tremendous difference to a person’s quality of life.  It allows them the full use of their home, which can be incredibly important for people, whether they are the patients or the carers. 

At times, having a disability may mean that there is no other alternative but to move home, which can be a very traumatic experience for people, particularly if they have lived in their home for many years and are valued members of a community.  Instead of having to find other suitable accommodation (such as a bungalow, a nursing home, a care home or sheltered accommodation), installing handicap stairlifts can allow them to stay in their homes.

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