Stairlifts and home lifts: time to raise your game

As the design of stairlifts and home lifts continues to be enhanced by the latest technology, an increasing number of care providers are installing them in new builds and retrofitting them in existing buildings to make them fully accessible to residents, staff, and visitors.

 Here, Alex Austin, business development manager (UK, Ireland, Benelux & Nordics – Platforms) at Access BDD, discusses what homes ought to consider when specifying one of these access solutions

The suitability of a stairlift or home lift in a care home environment depends on various factors, including the specific needs of residents, the layout of the care home, and budget constraints. Both stairlifts and home lifts have their advantages, and the choice should be based on the unique requirements of the home and its residents.

Stairlifts are typically more costeffective than home lifts, making them a practical choice for homes with budget constraints. They are also often easier to retrofit into existing staircases, which can be a significant advantage if the home is not a new construction. However, they may not be suitable for residents with severe mobility challenges – such as those who rely on wheelchairs – and this is where a home lift offers an alternative solution

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