Stairs, besides being very crucial in the home, are a health hazard as well. It is approximated that around 1 million Americans injure themselves on staircases each year. Out of this, around 70% are aged and the disabled. This means they are a group clearly disadvantaged by the existence and presence of stairs in a household. You can only just imagine the negative impact stairs can have on such an individual. Other people have been permanently disabled and some have even lost their lives when they are using stairs. Because of these sad statistics, stairlifts have become a good alternative to this minority group. So, what are stairlifts, and what are their advantages?
As we have just stated, because of the risk they pose, staircases might at times need an alternative, or an adjustment so it can serve a specific group of people. That is where stairlifts come in. Wikipedia defines a stairlift as “a mechanical device for lifting people up and down a flight of stairs.” Simply put, it is often a chair that someone sits on and is taken up and down staircases conveniently and efficiently.
Some of the reasons why you could install stairlifts include:
- Reduces risk of an accident by up to 90%
A well functional stairlift automatically reduces the possibility of an incident ever occurring. All you need to do is ensure the stairlift is functioning well. For people with preexisting disabilities, or people who are sick and have become immobilized for one reason or another, or even people who just have a high affinity to stairs accidents, the stairlift will actually reduce your chances of getting any form of injury from an accident involving stairs.
- It increases efficiency
This point is debatable as a young boisterous person would say that going down a flight of stairs is more efficient than sitting on a mechanical chair to slide you down the flight. But it is not so for an aged person with brittle bones, it would actually take them ten times the time to go down the flight- leave alone ascending. So, technically, for people with special needs, stairlifts are a gift from heaven.
- It is quite easy to use
Quite contrary to the opinion of most people, stairlifts are quite easy to use. All you need to do is sit on it and press a button and the rest will be handled behind the scenes. It is very convenient to use even for the person with the least amount of knowledge on how it works.
- It is a sense of reinvention for the user
Often, when we are in a minority group such as the disabled or the aged, we feel like we are an inconvenience and a burden to the rest of the society. We are even afraid of going up or down a flight of stairs because we might inconvenience someone else. But more than just being convenient to the special needs user, the stairlift gives the user a newfound sense of freedom and independence. I mean, if we have brittle bones and can go up a flight of stairs, are we not ready to conquer the world?
These stair installations have proven to be a core part of many homes and have definitely helped smooth things a bit at home, and at work. It is very vital to create a safe and sound space for the special needs people you interact with to make them feel like an integral part of the association. Installing a stairlift for the disabled and aged is the first step in ensuring you create a safe space for those you love.