For many people, having a stair lift installed in their home is the chance to regain or retain their freedom, even though their mobility may be reduced because of age, illness or an injury. Whether the reduced mobility is permanent or temporary, having one of these devices in the home can make a significant difference, with many people able to fully enjoy their property thanks to them.
There are many different types of stair lift, ranging from curved lifts to straight ones, and the latter can also be placed on a curved stairwell for a more economical option compared to a more costly curved device. Both of these types of items will need to be installed professionally for best results and so that the equipment can be used safely and effectively.
Usually, stair lift installation is organised by the company that has sold the lift to the customer, and professional engineers and technicians will ensure that the device is put into place as rapidly and as safely as possible. For curved stair equipment this can take longer due to the customised shape of the device, whereas straight lifts tend to be a much simpler affair.
Regardless of the device that you have chosen, preparing for the equipment to be installed is very important. This includes making some preparations in your home for your own comfort and ease of use as well as making sure the space is ready for technicians to work in.
You will need first of all to get a plan of how the stair lift installation is going to be carried out in order for you to prepare your stairwell and your home. Usually, the technician or engineer that will be doing the work will explain thoroughly and carefully what is going to happen so that you can carry out any preliminary tasks.
The basic tasks that will generally need to be undertaken include clearing the way for the lift to be installed. This also includes clearing the passages so that the technician can carry all his or her equipment through the property to the stairwell to carry out the installation.
Many people are concerned that they will need to lift up their stair carpet for stair lift installation to take place, but this is generally not the case. Only in very exceptional circumstances will this be required, although it is worth asking your technician in advance just in case.
Normally, the device is placed over the carpet, so there is no need to lift any carpet or lift any of your wallpaper. Instead, the essential thing to make sure of is that the area is free of furniture, wall hangings, tools and other equipment or decorations so that the technician can work comfortably without risking damaging any of your property.
You will also need to consider that installing one of these devices can mean a lot of dust is created, so you will need to be prepared to cover any furniture with dust sheets and perhaps arrange for a professional cleaner to come to your property on the day after the installation has been completed. You will also need to air your property to rid it of dust after the installation.
It is also a good idea to think about installing telephones, emergency alarms and intruder alarms at the top and bottom of your stairs, as this will help you if you find yourself stranded up or downstairs in the case that your new lift malfunctions.
If necessary, arrange for a family member or care professional help you organise all of these things so that you are well prepared in advance of your stair lift installation. By making sure there is plenty of space for your technician to work, ensuring that dust and dirt is cleaned up afterwards and that you have safety devices both up and downstairs, you will be ready to enjoy your new lift.