Shopping for a Home Stair Lift

Do you find yourself needing a little help to get up the stairs in your home?  Whether it be a chronic issue or a temporary one; here are some things to consider when shopping for a home stair lift.

bruno elan, home stair lift

Bruno Elan Straight Stair Lift

1. Assess your physical needs:
Take a real honest assessment of your needs when you are thinking about getting a home stair lift installed.  Are you recovering from a surgery that will be a temporary situation where you will fully recover (knee replacement, broken leg, etc.)?  Do you suffer from an ailment that will require physical assistance for the foreseeable future (arthritis, use a cane, etc.).

There are two options when shopping for a stair lift; rent or buy.  Many dealers can install a temporary stair lift for those short term ailments which is a great option for those who don’t require the use of a home stair lift for more than a year.  One thing to keep in mind is (1) the cost of the annual rental vs. purchasing one outright (2) realistic short term need; you may find the convenience of the lift outweigh the actual need for it.  You might like having the stair lift in your home.

2. Research the different manufacturers of stair lifts
There are many companies that make stair lifts; from small mom and pop manufacturers to international corporations.  Take your time and research each company and find the right stair lift for you and your needs.  The most expensive might not be what you need.  The cheapest might not be the best quality.  What are the costs of each; what is the warranty of each, etc.?  Always remember to read consumer reviews of these lifts on crytico.

Bruno is a major player in the space of home modifications.  Founded in 1984, Bruno has risen as a world leader in vehicle lifts for wheelchairs and scooters. Innovation and consistency have been their motto for success when making lifts, transfer seats, and stair lifts.
Harmar is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of innovative mobility and accessibility solutions designed to help individuals increase their independence and quality. 
Acorn stairlifts benefit from contemporary design and the very latest innovations in manufacturing. Acorn was the first manufacturer of stairlifts that powered their stairlifts with the use of DC batteries.
Stannah is a fifth generation family-owned business, recognized around the world for their ability to return independence. Stannah build stair lifts that are renown for their safety sensibilities and expert craftsmanship. 

Harmar lift

Harmar home stair lift – Helix curved

3. What kind of stair lift?
Do you need a straight or curved stair lift?  Do you need an indoor or outdoor lift?  All of these options bring a variety of manufacturers and prices.

4. Installation Options:
Most manufacturers of home stair lifts use a dealer network who sell, install and service the lifts.  These local dealers are certified my the manufacturer to ensure uniform and safe installation.  Just like with doing your due diligence of the actual lift, ensure you are looking into the installer.  Does the local dealer sell multiple lifts, or just one manufacturer?  Have they installed 5 or 50 lifts?
Some manufacturers sell the stair lift direct and have company installers come to your home.  While this may save a little money; what happens if the lift breaks down?  What is their repair policy, timeframe?
What type of reviews do these mobility dealers have?  Ensure you look on Crytico.com and hear what past customers have to say about their work and customer satisfaction.

Older animals love to catch a ride!

Older animals love to catch a ride!

A home stair lift can bring back independence in your home.  What might start out as a need will soon turn into a huge convenience.  Animals will hitch a ride; getting heavy laundry upstairs, etc.  You will find countless uses for your home stair lift.

 

 

 

Mobility is Most Common Disability Among Older Americans

According to a recent Census Bureau Report, “Nearly 40 percent of people age 65 and older had at least one disability, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report that covered the period 2008 to 2012. Of those 15.7 million people, two-thirds of them say they had difficulty in walking or climbing.

Difficulty with independent living, such as visiting a doctor’s office or shopping, was the second-most cited disability, followed by serious difficulty in hearing, cognitive difficulty, difficulty bathing or dressing, and serious difficulty seeing.”

U Step 2 Walker

U Step 2 Walker

We thought a great compliment to this article would be to educate you on some products for this large population of people with mobility issues.  In addition, you can read some reviews from people who own the products to get an idea of their opinions.

Personal Mobility Products

  • U Step 2 Walker – The company’s website says, ” We created the U-Step 2 to increase your independence. The secret is in our patented U-shaped base. Its ultra-stable foundation braces you in every direction. It is not like pushing a typical walker. Instead, the U-Step 2 surrounds you and moves with you. You will feel as stable as you would feel holding onto another person’s arm.
  • Go Go Scooter by Pride Mobility – “The Go-Go Elite Traveller® offers unbeatable ease of transport, tight space maneuverability, and gives you the versatility to change its color, and your style, in a snap with interchangeable shroud panels. The Go-Go Elite Traveller’s compact size allows it to negotiate narrow hallways and tight spaces while also providing stable outdoor performance.”
Bruno Residential VPL

Bruno Residential Lift

Home Mobility Products

  • Suitcase Ramp by EZ Access – “The Suitcase Singlefold AS Ramp – this portable single-fold ramp is one of our most user-friendly portable Suitcase ramps.  After taking out two hinge pins, users are able to easily separate the portable single-fold ramp into two lightweight sections with ergonomic handles.”
  • Bruno Residential Vehicle Platform Lift – “Sometimes called a porch lift, Bruno’s rugged and reliable wheelchair lift is a residential lift that provides efficient access to a raised deck, porch, or even floor to floor access inside your home. Designed and built by Bruno’s master artisans, a Vertical Platform Lift offers safe, dependable service that reflects the unit’s simplicity of design and operation.”
VMI Northstar E Wheelchair Van

VMI Northstar E Wheelchair Van

Mobility Vehicle Products

  • VMI Northstar E Wheelchair Van - “VMI’s Northstar E is the industry’s first manual side-entry, in-floor ramp conversion for the Dodge Grand Caravan. Designed with the caregiver in mind, this new VMI product is available for purchase from more than 265 VMI dealers worldwide.”
  • Toyota Auto Access Seat – “The Toyota Sienna is now available with the industry first factory installed power rotating lift-up Auto Access Seat. Toyota is the only automobile manufacturer to offer this passenger-friendly mobility model, built in the United States at our Indiana manufacturing plant.  The seat rotates ninety degrees then extends from the vehicle and lowers to a convenient transfer height, making for easy entry and exit.”

These are just six options and possibilities to help older American’s with their mobility issues.  On Crytico.com, we have thousands of products to view and inquire about as well as read reviews from your peers.  If you do not see a product you want or need, let us know at info@crytico.com.