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Home Elevators, Porch Lifts And Stair Lifts – Which Is Best For You?

By | Porch Lifts, Stair Lifts | March 20, 2019 | Comments (0)

The LifeCare Mobility Solutions team is very proud to have Handicare as one of our esteemed stair lift providers. “Home, safe home,” reads their website, “If you or a loved one is having difficulty getting up and down the stairs or at risk for falling, a Handicare stairlift is the ideal solution to ensure safety and independence within your home. We offer an array of styles and options to fit in any home: straight, curved or outdoor.”

We couldn’t agree more! At LifeCare Mobility Solutions, we go to great lengths to ensure every single one of our clients is equipped with the mobility solution that is right for their unique and specific needs. Determining whether a person’s staircase is straight or curved is just one important factor in making the right choice. However, it’s also important to figure out whether or not stair lifts are the ideal solutions for their situations.

As Handicare details, there are various ways to gain access to the different levels of your home. Home elevators and porch lifts are also on the list of excellent options. But which one is right for you?

Home elevators.

Home elevators are basically smaller versions of the elevators you would find in multi-storied buildings such as condominiums and shopping malls. But, as Handicare notes, there are three types of residential elevators.

Hydraulic elevators require separate machine rooms in order to operate. Pneumatic elevators use air pressure to raise and lower. Traction elevators use steel ropes and pully systems to work. They are the most common out of the three. Handicare notes that home elevators can be costly as well as time consuming to install.

Porch lifts.

Also known as vertical platform lifts, porch lifts are used predominantly by wheelchair users. These lifts are designed to accommodate individuals and their mobility devices, getting them from one level to another. Usually, it’s just a short set of stairs – as you would find in front of your porch – leading to the entranceway of a home. While porch lifts can also be installed inside the home, they are most often installed outside.

“Porch lifts are a great solution when transferring someone just a few feet,” Handicare notes, “When installing a vertical platform lift, some structural modifications to your home will most likely occur to get it to fit. While cheaper than a home elevator, a ballpark figure for these types of lifts is $10,000 – $15,000 plus the cost of any renovations required. Installation usually takes just a few days.”

Stair lifts.

Stair lifts provide safe and secure rides up and down stairs. The rides are for individuals only – mobility solutions are not part of any trip. As mentioned, they can be installed on either straight or curved staircases to accommodate any home. No renovations are necessary and no separate equipment is needed in order for stair lifts to operate, Handicare points out. They also note that stair lifts are battery-operated so they can still function during power outages.

If you have any questions about the porch lifts and stair lifts offered by LifeCare Mobility Solutions, please don’t hesitate to contact us to ask them. We’d be happy to provide you with the information necessary to help you make the best decision for your mobility needs. Call us at 416-267-9800 or email us at info@lifecaremobility.ca. You may also contact us by filling out the form on our Contact page!

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