Places That Require Curved & Straight Stairlifts
Stairlifts are a valuable modern convenience for anybody who finds stairs a challenge. Available in a variety of types and styles – such as straight stairlifts, curved stairlifts and outdoor stairlifts – installing one in your home or business premises gives people with mobility problems the freedom to move between floors.
But where can stairlifts be installed? Read on…
The majority of stairlifts are installed in private homes, giving people the freedom to remain in their own homes surrounded by their familiar possessions, rather than move to a bungalow or a residential home when mobility problems mean they cannot move freely between floors.
The most common type of stairlift in private homes are straight stairlifts, although other options are available.
Stairlifts can be installed in blocks of flats where it’s impractical or too expensive to install a standard lift. This is most common in large, old buildings that have been divided into smaller flats, especially if they have listed status, which makes the installation of a lift complicated.
Generally these grand old residences have straight, wide staircases, making them a perfect fit for a straight stairlift. If you own or manage a block of flats, adding a stairlift will make your property more desirable to many people who suffer mobility problems, and will ensure your property retains its value.
Many people who live in care experience mobility problems of some description, but many buildings don’t have adequate space or sufficient funds to install a lift. Installing a stairlift, straight or curved depending on your needs, will ensure that residents can move freely between floors. In some cases, a stairlift provides a useful second option for moving residents where there is a lift in a different part of the building.
Schools must remain accessible to all pupils, especially those with disability issues, so installing a stairlift can help to keep your building within legislation outlined in the Disability Discrimination Act.
And it’s not just schools either. Any public building where there are lots of steps to navigate or steps in areas of low lighting, such as a cinema or theatre, can install a stairlift to ensure that everybody has access.
Straight stairlifts, and their curved cousins, aren’t just for private homes. They offer an excellent option for improving accessibility in public areas, and can provide a useful option for any building housing people in care.
To install a stairlift in a public place, you must check Health & Safety guidelines carefully as escape times from a building cannot be increased.
To find out more about installing stairlifts in private and public settings, contact Independent Stairlifts today. We have a wide range of straight, curved and outdoor stairlifts, and can advise you on the Health and Safety requirements for public buildings.