While it’s common for our health to change as we age, some conditions can simply affect us at any stage or age of our lives. When you’re living with a specific health condition that directly affects mobility, physical activity and tackling steep stairs can put a real strain on your body.
Whether it’s long covid, post-surgery, or a long-term arthritis condition – there are many circumstances that a stairlift can help with. If you’re wondering which conditions could require a stairlift, read on to find out.
Could a stairlift help me with my condition?
It’s always wise to ask “is a stairlift right for me and my condition?” The truth is that stairlifts aren’t suitable for everyone. However, here at Halton there’s a long list of conditions that current and previous stairlift customers have used our stairlifts for. When deciding who may or may not require a stairlift, the process is very personal – as no two users are the same. The most important thing to do is consult a health practitioner first and foremost, then speak to a stairlift specialist once you’ve decided it can benefit you.
What type of medical conditions can stairlifts be useful for?
- Arthritis and joint problems
Conditions like arthritis can cause pain and inflammation when a person walks, making it difficult to get up and down the stairs. If bending at the knees is becoming a problem, standing stairlifts are a great option. Models like the Halton Sit & Stand Stairlift are also arthritis foundation approved.
At Halton, we’ve installed stairlifts all over the Northwest for customers who have recently undergone sensitive surgeries such as hip and knee replacements. Having access to a stairlift in your home eliminates the worry and stress tackling stairs or steps can bring. Knowing you can travel easily and without harm means you or your family member can stay living independently, without having to lean too heavily on others during the recovery period.
- Long term conditions
Stairlifts can also be advised for people suffering from invisible conditions such as heart or lung issues, as symptoms can often involve pain or breathlessness.
- Other conditions
Walking impairments can occur as a result of brain injury or stroke, so stairlifts can offer support and safety in these circumstances. Other conditions where stairlifts can be a useful permanent fixture in someone’s home include visual impairments and long term disabilities such as cerebral palsy.
Do you or a loved one have a health or medical condition that means you’re in need of a stairlift? If you’ve been advised by an OT or doctor to use one, the next step would be to explore installation options including type of stairlift and cost. You can read more about how to choose a stairlift for your family here and how to find the right stairlift on a budget here.
Speak to our team of stairlift experts at Halton to find out more about the different stairlift options available to you. From new and reconditioned to straight and curved stairlifts, there’s a stairlift to suit your need and budget. Call us today on 0151 541 8188 for a FREE no-obligation quote.