Staying independent is your priority. If it’s taking longer to climb your stairs or using them causes you pain or worry, it’s time to weigh up your options for staying in your home. Lots of our customers ask ‘what are my choices when climbing the stairs is difficult?’ and the answer depends on you and your circumstances.
There are almost 30 million households in the UK, most of which have staircases or at least a few steps. If climbing the stairs is a problem, then access to your home becomes restricted and the stairs pose a real risk to your safety. But there is good news, there are a few different options to help you prepare for living independently in the future – stairs or no stairs.
CHOICES WHEN CLIMBING THE STAIRS IS DIFFICULT?
If you’re finding you’re limited to certain rooms in your house or that you feel unsafe because of the stairs, you’re faced with four different choices. You could always:
Whilst this may seem like the easiest option for now, in the long term things are going to become a lot harder. Doing nothing, changes nothing. Yes, it might mean you get to stay in your beloved home for a short while and it won’t cost you any extra to do so. But you might start to feel trapped by your home, with a growing risk of injury or fatality every time you attempt to use the stairs. Doing nothing means you’ll quickly lose the ability to live independently in your own home, and you’ll wish you’d acted sooner if your mobility deteriorates further.
Re-organise your home
By rearranging the layout of your home, you can avoid making difficult journeys up and down the stairs. This includes moving furniture around, with help from family or friends, so you can live and sleep downstairs. Relocating your bedroom to the ground floor is a cost-effective way and relatively easy way to stay in your own home, but it also means your living space shrinks significantly, and your bedroom, living room, and dining room all become the same place. You’re also still faced with the challenge of the stairs if you find you need to go upstairs at some point. You might find you need to invest in expensive building work too, to add downstairs bathroom facilities or make extra space to fit your bed in a room.
Another option could be to leave your home and move to a bungalow or ground floor flat. This can be an expensive and stressful process, not to mention you’ll be leaving a family home filled with memories behind. On the other hand, moving into a single storey dwelling might give you access to a community of people a similar age and the opportunity to make new memories in your new home.
Install a Stairlift
Or you could install a stairlift (or a platform lift, if you’re a wheelchair user and you have space). Less expensive than moving house or having building work, you’ll get to stay in your much-loved home. You’ll also be able to access to every room in your house in safety. They can be delivered quickly and installed in just a few hours. And stairlifts don’t take up too much room either.
Once you’ve considered the pros and cons of each choice, you can make an informed decision about the best option for you.
If stairlift installation seems like the least distressing, the most practical, and the most cost-effective way of maintaining your independence, then call us today. The friendly team at Halton Stairlifts can give you honest advice on straight and curved stairlifts from big brands. We’ll also help you choose from our extensive range of new and reconditioned models. Speak to us on 0800 644 7766 and get a FREE no-obligation quote in no time at all.