We are living in a time when the population is aging – the baby boomers are now in their sixties and seventies and more people than ever before are starting to slow down and lose their mobility. This creates real stress for those who need to navigate stairs in their home, and many feel that they may have to leave to find a place to live that is more user-friendly to them. Fortunately, technology keeps improving and having a straight stairlift installed in your Devon home is now easier than ever. Gone are the days when a staircase is your worst enemy – you will now be able to navigate these with ease and in comfort.
How does a stairlift operate?
It is relatively simple in that a stairlift is simply a device to lift people up and down stairs on a set of rails that are operated mechanically. As the need for stairlifts increases, there are ever more models and designs to choose from. If you have a straight set of stairs in your Devon home, installing a straight stairlift is quick and easy. In fact, it might even be in operation within 24 hours. Click here to know more.
One of the issues with many UK homes is that the staircases are narrow. This is usually not a problem as the rails are situated flush against either a wall or a bannister, and are usually attached to the treads of the stairs. The chair is electrically operated, so there needs to be a power source available. Most stairlifts include a back-up battery so that mobility is ensured even if there is an interruption with the power supply. Many rails are manufactured from aluminium, but this varies depending on the company you consult. Some companies are able to make the rails tie in with your décor by painting them a specific colour and the seat of the chair can also be covered in a fabric of your choice. All these options are available, but are likely to increase the price of the stairlift.
Modifications that can be made to your stairlift
If the stairs you need to navigate are outside your home, it is also possible to install a stairlift there. The chair and the rails will then be manufactured accordingly and will be weather resistant. If, for example, your home is on several levels, the rails will be manufactured and installed to provide a continuous ride. However, as these rails may then block passage for others in the home, it is possible to have hinged rails that fold back when not in use. There are also more expensive models that operate on rails that move with the chair, which allows the minimum of space to be used for the stairlift. Obviously, these options will all come at a specific price.
For all your queries about straight stairlifts in Devon, you would need to consult with an expert in the field. Contact A2B Stairlifts Ltd who can arrange for a consultant to visit your home.