I have first hand experience in seeing a parent’s mobility deteriorate to the extent that it was no longer practical for her to remain in her home. A friend suggested we look into acquiring a stair chair lift for her, mainly to enable her to safely navigate the stairs, but a side benefit was giving us peace of mind knowing her handicap was not going to cause a fall on the stairs.
Our initial research began with the Internet, and a quick search for “vertical platform lifts” produced an assortment of websites from some well known brands – Ameriglide, Bruno and Acorn come to mind. We modified our search a bit and “wheelchair stair lifts” produced some different brands, such as Brooks and Ada. We were surprised at the variety of styles and models available – models suitable for curved stairs, models such as basic residential lifts, as well as simple home chair lifts.
We understand the difficulties that reduced mobility can bring, and so were looking for safe, comfortable and simple solutions, that were easy to use, and easy to maintain; and displayed the very best in design, engineering, and safety features.
As Mom’s place had a more complex staircase, the Acorn 80 appealed as it provided the ultimate in versatility. The Acorn 80 Curved Stairlift features a unique modular rail system, so it can be installed as quickly as a regular stair chair lift. Also attractive was the “fits to the wall” feature and slimline fold away design.
Though we haven’t completely decided we now have a variety of options for Mom in her search for a solid and reliable home chair lift.