For many seniors, stairs are difficult to navigate without some help due to limited mobility, lack of stability, poor balance control, and weak muscles. As a result, going up and down stairs at home can become difficult or impossible. Rather than consider downsizing to an assisted living facility or a single-level home, why not consider putting in a stair chair or stair lift? This is a more cost effective and convenient solution to mobility challenges.
Here are some reasons why a stair chair can benefit you:
The biggest benefit is that stair chairs offer a safer way to use your stairs at home. It’s much easier to strap into a motorized chair to go between floors than it is to attempt climbing the stairs every time and possibly falling. Even just missing one step can result in catastrophic injury, such as broken hips, head injury, or even death.
Easy to Use
Stair lifts are easy to operate for most seniors. Simply sit on the seat, strap in with the seatbelt, and press the switch to get going. To stop, release the switch and it will stop moving. In many cases, you get two remotes for convenience. This would come in handy if you are at the top of the stairs but the chair lift is at the bottom. Simply press the button and up it goes.
With a stair chair, you can sit back and enjoy a smooth and comfortable ride, complete with back, seat, and armrests with padded cushions.
If you can’t use the stairs, you may be avoiding the upper level of your home or the basement. This can cause a loss of independence. Why should other floors of your own home be off-limits just because you have mobility problems? Rather than rely on assistance from someone else to get up and down the stairs, install a stair chair and regain your freedom and independence.
Affordable Aging in Place Option
Compared with the high cost of buying a single-level home or going to assisted living, a stair chair is the most affordable option when it comes to aging in place. The average price for a stair lift, including installation, is between $2,200-$5,000 (ranging from new to used). Plus, most stair chair providers offer financing plans. Compare that small cost to upwards of $10,000 a month of assisted living, and the decision is a no-brainer.
Opportunity to Stay at Home
If staying in your own home is important to you, a stair chair will allow you to do that. According to a study by the AARP, 90 percent of seniors wish to age at home rather than move into an assisted living or senior living community.
Buy a Stair Chair from Mowrey
Browse our online catalog of stair chairs to view our models, then contact a Mowrey Representative for details on the one you want.