Thursday, May 3, 2012

How to Get Around the House in Your Golden Years

Chair lifts are helpful mobility devices used to transport elderly or disabled people go up and down staircases in a comfortable seated position. Depending upon the type of staircase, there are two types of chair lifts for stairs for residential and commercial buildings. A curved chair lift and a straight one. There are, however, certain factors which make the cost of curved chair lifts more expensive than ones for a straight flight of stairs.

While straight chair lifts are meant for a straight flight of stairs, they usually do not need any structural modification to install them. Chair lifts for stairs that have bends, half landings, corners or turns would need to have a curved chair lift installed. This type of installation would be custom-designed to fit the staircase and therefore involve complex manufacturing processes. Lifts for curved staircases are custom-designed to fit the shape of the staircase, and therefore involves complex manufacturing processes.

The most common stair lift design is chair that glides up and down a rail. There are also specialized lifts for wheelchairs and "perching" models with tall, narrow seats for users with knee problems or narrow staircases.

Chair lifts can cost between $3,000 and $15,000 installed. Some state and government programs may be available to help cover some costs. Your new chair lift may also be eligible for a tax deduction if it was medically necessary and will improve the value of the house.

Chair Lift Suppliers
Finding the right supplier for your chair lift will be essential in a successful install. The company should be able to offer their professional guidance for the proper chair lift for your home or commercial facility. An established company will have factory-trained experts examine your site, usually - free of charge. They can also help install the lift for the lowest possible cost. Reliable suppliers offer durable and flexible models of curved chair lifts along with excellent technical support and maintenance service. If you haven't already considered Stannah stair lifts, you should add them to the list of possibilities. This family owned company has a wide selection range and has been in business for over 100 years.

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