Designed to help individuals navigate the different levels of their home, a home lift can be particularly beneficial for elderly or mobility-impaired individuals who have difficulty climbing stairs. If you’ve been thinking about getting a homelift installed for you, a partner or a relative, this blog post will look at the many benefits that a domestic lift can provide
Perhaps the number one priority in the home is safety. As your mobility decreases, any stairs or steps in the home can become quite dangerous places to navigate, with stairs becoming a common place for falls to happen. Installing a through the floor lift removes the need to climb up and down the stairs, reducing the probability of accidents.
Increased Mobility and Accessibility
As we mentioned above, declining mobility can be quite anxiety-inducing, and the worry of a fall may lead to reluctance to use the staircase. In turn, this means that if you or your relative lives over more than one floor, the upstairs areas become inaccessible and your total living space is reduced. This can especially be a problem if the only bathroom is located on an upper level.
Installing a home lift means that you retain full access to all areas of your home.
Can transport wheelchair users
The main benefit of a domestic lift is the ability to transport wheelchair users and wheelchairs up and down levels quickly, safely and easily
As people, we generally feel our best when we are self-sufficient. We don’t like to bother other people or feel guilty for asking for help. Therefore, when we start to feel a bit wobbly going up and down the stairs, we might feel reluctant to ask for help, and instead, may just avoid using the stairs completely! The benefit of a home lift is that due to the increased safety, we feel confident and empowered to continue accessing the upper level of our homes without help.
Allows ‘Aging in place’
‘Aging in place’ means staying in your own home as you get older, instead of moving. Due to the safety and mobility concerns, many elderly people consider moving out of their homes in to a single floor property (such as a bungalow), or to a nursing home or assisted care facility. Installing a residential lift means that they can stay in their current home. This is beneficial when you think that they might have lived in their home for many years, potentially raised their family there, and become rooted in the local community surrounded by friends and trusted neighbours. Surveys have shown that elderly people would rather stay in their home instead of being uprooted.
Although the initial cost of a domestic lift can be expensive, they are very cheap to run day-to-day. When you weigh up some alternative options, homelifts can be very cost-effective option in the long run. For instance, consider the cost of hiring long term care/ assistance, or the time and financial investment of selling the current home to move in to a smaller one-floor property.
Added Value to home
Not only are home lifts cost-effective as discussed, but another benefit is that they can also increase the value of your property if you have one installed!
Stylish and Customisable Design
Many people consider mobility aids and solutions to be very much function over form, and some have gained a reputation for being unsightly. However, home lifts today have been developed to look more modern – like the Stiltz homelifts we stock, and they can even be considered a luxury item in the home. We understand that some people spend many years decorating their home, and being able to customise a home lift to fit in with the decor means a lot to them. Alternatively the small footprint of a Stiltz homelift means that it can be positioned within a cupboard which can be concealed by a door if desired.
Easy to use and Maintain
Homelifts are simple and intuitive to use. Plus, with regular maintenance they very rarely break down, giving you peace of mind that your home lift is reliable.
In conclusion, installing a home elevator can be an amazing investment, allowing you to safely navigate your home. A home lift is a viable option for ageing in place, meaning you can stay in your home for as long as possible.
If you are considering installing a home lift, please get in touch with us here at Multicare. We have been providing domestic lifts for over 35 years and pride ourselves on our great customer service.