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Stairlifts – Top Common Misconceptions


There are various myths and misconceptions surrounding senior safety and home modifications. Stairlifts have their own fair share of misconceptions. While some people will overlook these and have a stairlift installed anyway, others might end up believing these myths and not benefit from having one.

Let’s take a look at the top myths and debunk them in the process.

Stair-lifts are Very Expensive

It is commonly assumed that stair-lifts carry a hefty price tag. But like most things, it’s all relative. While stair-lift prices vary from about $2000 to $6000; when compared to other home modifications such as remodeling and renovation, or even moving, stairlifts are far less expensive. Not to mention, after a fall, assisted living facilities can cost $4-$10,000 monthly if the senior is no longer able to care for themselves at home.

The Stairs Won’t Adjust to a Stair-lift

No matter what length, width, or curve your staircase is, there are a variety of stairlift models available in the market to support them. There are basically two types of staircases: straight or curved. A curved stair-lift requires a custom solution.and will require a special measure to ensure proper installation.

A Stair-lift Will Take Up Space

Some people are of the belief that a stairlift will get in the way of people going up and down the stairs when it’s not in use. But with the options available today, the stairlift chair can fold up, making the stairlift practically unnoticeable. Special attention can also be considered for beginning and ending parking to ensure the track will not stick out or be in a bad position. A sales consultant can quickly help you determine any positioning options to ensure the best installation.

Only Old People Use the Stair-lifts

It is commonly misbelieved that stairlifts are only for the elderly or disabled. While it’s true that the majority of people using stairlifts are seniors or people in wheelchairs, others can also benefit from stairlifts. Whether you have a sports injury that prevents you from going up and down the stairs, a fracture, or anything that hinders your mobility, stairlifts are a practical solution.

The Walls Won’t be Strong Enough to Support It

A very common myth is that the house’s walls won’t be strong enough to support a heavy item like a stairlift and can get damaged under pressure. However, stairlifts are attached to the floor, approximately every 3 or 4 stairs and leave minimal marks when removed. The stairlift is never attached to the wall and never scratches it. Furthermore, the installers will consider all options before asserting how safely the stairlift can be installed.

Looking for stairlift installation services in Chicago? We at Slip-Proof Safety offer Amerglide stairlifts and more home modifications solutions. Contact us today!


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