Whether it's down to disability or old age, mobility is an issue that will touch most of our lives at some point. When elderly or disabled people become unable to negotiate their homes safely there is an important decision to make; to sell the property and move to a bungalow or care home, or alternatively to make adaptations to the property in order to live in it for longer. Many people are choosing the latter and making important changes to their homes which can help them stay in it for longer. This could mean widening doorways for wheelchair access or even fitting stairlifts for those unable to climb the stairs.
Another key development in mobility has been the introduction of the mobility scooter. This is a lifeline for people who struggle with mobility, allowing them to make that important journey to the shops or visit friends and relatives. There are all sorts of these types of vehicles available including robust ones intended for of-road use.
Stairlifts mean that elderly or disabled people who might otherwise become unable to access the first floor of their home can carry on negotiating their home independently. Technology has undoubtedly changed our lives, and none feel it more than those who benefit from mobility aids.
Stairlifts are relatively simply installed to most staircases, with a rail running along the side of the stairs and a motorised chair attached to this rail. There will usually be a charge point at either end of the staircase to power the seat. They can be fitted to straight, cornered and curved staircases, and can even be fitted to outdoor stairs. Reconditioned stairlifts can also be installed which can reduce the cost of this installation. While they can be fitted in most homes, some stairways are to narrow.
Wheelchair users may have difficulty using a stairlift, so may opt for a through-floor lift or chairlift. This usually requires more significant work to be carried out on the home as the lift shaft is constructed. Chairlifts are not to be confused with the outdoor open-air lifts commonly situated on ski slopes.
Not only do mobility aids let elderly and disabled people to stay in their home, but they allow them to live independently for longer. Whether it's climbing the stairs or making a journey to the shops technology has stepped in with innovative solutions. Governments or local councils will sometimes fund adaptations to disabled people's homes, and can help advise on the most suitable solutions.