Most people who think of lifts, envisage them being in high-rise apartments or places like hospitals. However, these days it is becoming more usual to see home lifts in private homes. You may think that is only the frail elderly that would need to have a lift in their home, but in fact this is not so. When you think of the energy expended going up stairs and the difficulty of taking goods up and down you will soon realise that having a lift in the home is a necessity rather than a luxury.
Very often, the ground floor of the home is used for the garage and outdoor living accessories. That means you need to carry all your groceries and every single thing you need in the home up the stairs. Hauling all your groceries out of the boot of your car is bad enough; carting them up steps and stairs is worse still, especially when you are already tired from a day at work. So you don’t have to be elderly to make good use of a lift.
Of course, the elderly will certainly benefit from a lift in their home. They are the ones who are most likely to stumble and fall on stairs. Such a fall could easily break multiple bones and they may never recover. It is a shame to see their life ended prematurely all for want of a simple lift to help them up and down the stairs. Older people will be able to stay independently in their homes for much longer when they have the aids they need to make life easier for them. And if they need to use a walker, it is much easier and safer for them to use a lift than to try and get that walker up the stairs or down.
Young mothers with babies will find a lift a boon to their busy lives. It is actually dangerous for both mother and baby to use stairs. You can only have one hand to support the baby if you place a hand on the railings – and if you don’t, then falling is much more likely. Besides which, a stroller or pram is much easier to get into the lift than up or down the stairs.
Children tend to run everywhere including on the stairs, if they can get away with it. According to studies, many children are injured on stairs, even when being carried by parents. Stair gates are not as successful as expected because they can be left open by other people or climbed over by the children. Even toddlers who are in walkers or strollers have fallen down stairs and being strapped in has not prevented injuries.
So it can easily be seen that stairs are dangerous places for most people. One moment’s inattention can send you stumbling down those stairs and you can easily end up in hospital due to your injuries. Simply installing a lift in the home can prevent injury and make your life easier and more convenient, not to mention much safer.