EHLS has been serving customers all over the greater Chicago, Illinois area, including Northwest Indiana, and Southeast Wisconsin for over 25 years. So, we have heard many stair lift beliefs that in reality are not actually true. In this post, we provide you with the real facts to 7 common myths that people have about stair lifts.

Myth 1: A stairlift is going to take up all of the room on my staircase

FACT:  Most staircases in homes throughout the Chicagoland area have more than enough room for a stair lift to be installed. After the lift is installed, there will still be room for others to use the stairs by foot if needed. The chair’s arms, seat, and footrest can be folded out of the way at the top and bottom landing of the staircase, thus creating room for foot traffic on the stairs.

A Woman riding a stairlift & another woman walking down the stairs

Myth 2: I want to get a stair lift, but I cannot because my staircase has curves and turns

FACT: There are some who believe that a stairlift can only be installed on staircases that do not have any curves, turns or landings. However, there are a number of stairlift models that actually can be installed on a staircase that has curves, turns, and/or intermediate landings. These types of stair lifts are known as “curved stairlifts”. To properly fit the rail on your specific staircase, one of our friendly stairlift experts will come out to your home and take pictures and measurements of your staircase. Those pictures and measurements are then sent to our manufacturer so that they can design and build the rail to properly fit your staircase. We offer Bruno, Handicare, and Hawle curved stairlifts.

Woman riding a Bruno curved stairlift

Bruno curved stairlift

Myth 3: Stairlifts are run solely on electricity:

FACT:  Many assume that stair lifts operate solely on electricity, but that is not the case. Although there does need to be a standard electrical outlet at the top or bottom of the stairs for the lift to be plugged in, the lift itself is battery powered. For most stairlift models, there is a charging contact located on the top and bottom of the stairs. So, even if there is a power outage in the area, you will still be able to use the lift a number of times to navigate between the levels of your home.

 It is important to note that stair lifts are safest when an experienced technician that has been factory trained, installs the lift.

Myth 4: Stair Lifts are attached to the wall

FACT: The rail of a stair lift is not attached to the wall when installed on a staircase. It is actually mounted on the treads of the stairs, so your walls will not be damaged.

Image of a straight rail stair lift attached on the stairs

All stairlifts are mounted onto the stairs

Myth 5: To use a stair lift, you have to enter & exit from a stair tread

FACT: Getting on and off a stair lift is both safe and easy for most users. At the top of the steps, the seat swivels enabling safe exit and entry at the top landing of the stairs. At the bottom, the rail extends to the floor allowing for safe exit/entry on the bottom landing. One should never need to exit or enter on a step. Two options that are often added to enhance safety at the top landing are the power swivel seat and extended overrun rail. A power swivel seat allows the user to swivel with the push of a button. An extended overrun enables one to enter and exit even further away from the stairs.

A woman using swivel seat on a stairlift

Safe & exit at the top landing

Myth 6: A stair lift means giving up your independence

FACT: Some believe that having a stair lift installed will reduce your independence. However, the truth is actually the exact opposite. The addition of a stair lift will restore independence if the stairs are becoming unsafe for you to manage.

Yes, you will no longer be walking up and down the stairs, but that is perfectly okay if the stairs have become too difficult to climb. Many will say “but I use the stairs for exercise”. Stairs may be a great way to exercise, but when mobility is limited and there is a risk of a serious injury, then the stairs are no longer safe to use. Fortunately, there are many other ways to exercise that are much safer such as walking on a path at a local park or on a treadmill at a nearby gym. A stair lift provides independence because it allows you to continue to safely use all levels of your home.

U.S. Veteran riding his new stair lift that was installed by EHLS in Stickney, Illinois

A stairlift restored independence at home for this genetleman

Myth 7: Only seniors use stair lifts

FACT: Yes, most people that use stairlifts are seniors, but not ALL stairlift users are seniors.  In fact, a stairlift can actually be very helpful for a person of any age that may have experienced a significant injury and or has a challenge and is unable to safely use the stairs at home. For example, if someone injures a knee or foot in an accident or a sport, he/she may be unable to use stairs for the next few months. A rental would be a great solution for someone who needs assistance getting up and down the stairs for a short period of time. See, not all stairlift users are seniors!

young woman riding stairlift

If you have any questions about stair lifts or would like a free in-home assessment, please call us @ 847-215-9490

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