The 21st century has seen technologies evolve and improve, and during this era of technological advancement, we have begun to see more devices invented to help people with disabilities. A stairlift is one prime example of this kind of device.
As you can doubtless guess from the name, a stairlift is a device placed on the treads of the stairs, and it has a chair that can move up and down the stairs. This particular device is intended for disabled people, fall-prone individuals, and the elderly.
The stairlift is undoubtedly a helpful device, but some people have formed myths about it that are simply false. Here are three myths about stairlifts that people need to stop believing.
Myth #1: Stairlifts Are Fixed on the Wall
The first common myth of stairlifts is that the stairlift is attached to the wall, so installing it would mean hiring a contractor. This myth is simply a misconception. In reality, the stairlift is actually attached to the treads, and the track runs the length of the stairs.
As a result, you don’t need to hire a contractor. Oftentimes, you might have to make some adjustments, like trimming a windowsill and the like, to avoid accidents, but these modifications are usually minor. So, major construction work is usually not necessary. We are typically able to handle any installation by ourselves without having to incur any additional expense upon you by bringing another company into the project.
Myth #2: Stairlifts Run on Electricity
Another popular misconception is that a stairlift operates on electricity, so if there is a power outage, it will just suddenly stop. However, this is not true; instead of relying solely on electricity, stairlifts are actually battery-powered.
In particular, stairlifts use DC batteries that are actually rechargeable. So, if the power suddenly goes out, the stairlift still works because of the power from the batteries, and when the power is back on, you can plug the batteries into an outlet to charge them.
There are actually stairlifts with a feature that allows the batteries to charge when the stairlift is left on the track or left on a park point. So, when there is no electricity, you can still make several trips via your stairlift without worry at all.
Myth #3: Stairlifts Are Only for Straight Staircases
There are some people who are interested in getting a stairlift, but they eventually change their minds because their staircases have curves and landings, and they think stairlifts won’t work on that kind of stairs.
This particular myth couldn’t be farther from the truth. Sure, stairlifts were first invented for straight stairs, but eventually, more models and modifications were introduced to the market. Now, there are stairlift models intended for stairs with curves, turns, and several landings. So, you can definitely find a stairlift that works for you.
Stairlifts are some of the most helpful devices that are catered towards people with disabilities and the elderly. Unfortunately, there are some myths about stairlifts that are hindering people from getting one for themselves.
The three myths above are only some of the most common ones, and there are still others. Educate yourself about what’s true or false about stairlifts, and don’t hesitate to get one if you need it. At Coulee Region Mobility, we are problem solvers! We will tackle any challenging staircase in your home and create solutions for you to access every room without issue.