A residential stairlift helps older adults and people with disabilities get around their multilevel home safely and comfortably. In the year 2000, the Center for Health Statistics reported that people age 60 and over represented 17.2% of the New Jersey population and that this proportion was expected to grow to be 25.7% of the population by 2030. As people age, staying mentally alert, independent and as mobile as possible are important goals. Stairlifts are a cost-effective way to enhance access in your NJ home.
A 2014 Consumer Reports survey of 2,066 Americans age 50 and older revealed that 55 percent of the respondents wanted to stay in their own homes. The survey also reported that mobility decreases dramatically as a person ages – 80 percent of the respondents said they were less active than they were ten years ago. While a fitness plan that can help maintain strength, flexibility, and balance is vital, older adults would also benefit greatly from accessibility equipment that can help them overcome staircase barriers and get around their homes on their own.
Living Free Home in New Jersey offers quality residential stairlifts from established manufacturers such as Bruno and Handicare. These include straight and curved stair lifts for the indoors and outdoors. Exterior stairlifts are specially equipped to withstand harsh weather conditions. The standard features of most models include:
- Swivel seat
- Adjustable seat height, which is useful to transfer from a wheelchair
- Continuous charge strips along the entire rail
- Call stations that allow you to ‘call’ the lift to the top or bottom of the stairs
- Visual diagnostics for instant unit status
- offset swivel seat, making the entry and exit position at the top landing safe and easy
- Flip-up arms, seat and footrest
- Key switch that can be removed to prevent unauthorized use
- Underpan safety sensors to detect obstructions on the lift’s path
- Over speed governor or emergency brake
- Lap seat belt
- Soft start and soft stop
Installing an elevator is not feasible in a home with space constraints. A stair chair lift is the ideal solution when it comes to addressing the challenges posed by a staircase in your NJ home. Straight stairlifts with perch seats are ideal for those with restricted movement in the knee or hip joint. Purchase of accessibility products from a reliable supplier would ensure smooth and quick installation and efficient maintenance support.