The stair lift is quite a simple machine. It only does one job and it is restricted to one part of the house. Yet, it can transform the life of an elderly or disabled person. If you have problems tackling stairs, due to advanced age or physical ailments, it could be the investment that you need. Modern stair lifts are strong, durable, easy to maintain, and quick to install.

You’ll need to make some minor preparations in your home before the installation is carried out. If you can’t handle these yourself, do get a friend or family members to help. The common assumption is that stair lifts are installed beneath the carpet, but this isn’t usually the case. It is unlikely that you’d have to lift the flooring in any way, but do check with your installer first.

This guide to optimising your home for a stair lift installation will explain what you need to do.

Chat with the Installer

The first step is to have a discussion with the installer and find out how your new stair lift is going to be fitted. Once you have the basic details, you can start to think about moving furniture (if necessary) and preparing the space for the technicians. Do ask if they need any kind of special action from you, such as lifting up sections of carpet. It is quite rare, but it may be needed in some older house. It is best to ask and make sure.

Clear a Passage

The day before the installation, get somebody to help you move all large and bulky items out of the path of the technician. They’re going to be carrying heavy equipment in and out of the house, so make sure that rugs aren’t slipping around the floor. Get rid of any potential trip hazards and lock pets away somewhere safely (just until the job is finished). The last thing that you want is a curious cat giving your handyman a fright.

Protect the Furniture

The only minor drawback to a stair lift installation is the amount of dust that it creates. This is because the technician is drilling holes into the wall and staircase. The best way to deal with this is to cover large items of furniture (chairs, dressers, cabinets, etc.) in dust sheets or old blankets. That way, there won’t be as much mess to clean up afterward. You can, of course, just scrub everything down, but laying protective sheets is an easy way to speedy up the task.

Buy a Second Telephone

You might already have an upstairs and a downstairs telephone. If you don’t, it is a good idea to make it happen. Most modern stair lifts are now designed to be surge proof and operate even during power cuts, but it is always worth taking the extra precaution. If you have a phone both up and downstairs, you can call for help in an emergency situation. For those with disabilities or mobility problems caused by advanced age, this kind of small detail can end up making a huge difference. 

Relax and Stay Safe

Once your stair lift is installed and you’ve had a little tutorial on how to use it, you can start to make it feel like a natural part of your home and daily routine. These clever machines have been helping people with mobility issues stay safe in their houses for many years. They are a lot more affordable than you might think and they could just change your life. If you’re still unsure, the internet is filled with great resources. If you do your own research, you can make an informed decision.

For more information and advice on arranging a stair lift installation for your home, visit AGA Mobility today. Or, pick up the phone and call 01449 720809 to discuss your needs directly with a representative.