As a trusted stair lift provider for 30+ years, we have heard several stair lift "beliefs" that in reality are not true. In this blog post, we debunk the 7 common myths that people have about stair lifts so that you can know the real facts.
Depending on the mobility of the individual that will be using the stair lift, there may be one or more options that may need to be added to enhance both safety and comfort. The stair lift options listed below are the ones that are most commonly recommended to meet customers' specific needs.
Lifeway Mobility Chicago (formerly EHLS), a local Bruno Diamond stair lift dealer, has a showroom equipped with six fully operational stair lifts. Visiting a stair lift showroom can be very helpful for:
There are many reasons landings are added to stairs. They allow stairs to change directions and also provide a space for people to rest, if needed. Stair landings are also needed when a door at the top of the steps swings inwards towards the stairway.
Lifeway Mobility San Francisco / Gamburd, a Bruno Diamond Stair Lift Dealer, has a showroom in Union City, California that is equipped with fully operational straight and curved rail stairlifts. For those with limited mobility, a stair lift provides a simple and affordable way to regain access to a second level bedroom or laundry room in the basement
Lifeway Mobility Los Angeles / Gamburd, a Bruno Diamond Stair Lift Dealer, has a showroom in Pacoima, California that is equipped with multiple stairlifts, both straight and curved rails, that are fully operational. A stair lift provides a safe and easy way to navigate the stairs for those with limited mobility.
Lifeway Mobility Pittsburgh / StairBusters, a Bruno Diamond Stair Lift Dealer, has a showroom in Saxonburg, Pennsylvania that is equipped with two stair lifts that are fully operational. A stair lift is one of the safest and easiest solutions for navigating the stairs for those with limited mobility.
A stair lift provides a safe means for accessing the second-floor level of a home or a basement, for people with limited mobility or balance issues. In this case, it was an easy and affordable solution that allowed for regained independence at home after a fall on the stairs.
A stair lift can be very useful to those who need assistance with navigating a staircase due to limited mobility or balance issues. While these types of lifts are most often installed inside and outside of homes, there are other buildings where they can be accommodating.
Being able to feel safe and comfortable at home is going to be an important need for the foreseeable future. One way to ensure safety for those with limited mobility is to identify areas throughout the home that may pose a high risk of a fall, such as a staircase
During these unprecedented times, the safest place where everyone can be is the comfort of their own home. As a result, some have been trying to bring a parent or loved one home from a senior or assisted living facility temporarily to prevent potential exposure to COVID-19.
If you just had your stair lift installed, but still have a couple of questions in regards to service or maintenance on the lift, you've come to the right place. This post lists a number of commonly asked questions that we receive from stair lift customers after installation.
Lifeway Mobility is humbled and honored to be recognized as a Bruno Diamond Stairlift Dealer for the 7th consecutive year! The Bruno Diamond Dealer Award, which originated in 2016, is an award that is given to Bruno dealers that finish in the top 3% of Bruno’s sales throughout North America.
Prior to 2016, Bruno's top dealers throughout North America had been referred to as “Bruno preferred dealers.” The “Diamond” Dealer award is recognized as a more prestigious award.
Lifeway Mobility, a Bruno Diamond Stair Lift Dealer, has a showroom in Hartford, Connecticut that is equipped with three stair lifts that are fully operational. If any of the situations below sound familiar to you, consider making a trip to our stair lift showroom:
Lifeway Mobility Minneapolis, a Bruno Diamond Stair Lift Dealer, has a showroom in Burnsville, Minnesota that is equipped with four fully operational stair lifts. We invite anyone interested in a stair lift to visit our showroom:
Lifeway Mobility Greater Boston, a Bruno Diamond Stair Lift Dealer, has a showroom in Westborough, MA that is equipped with three fully operational Bruno stair lifts. We invite anyone interested in purchasing a stair lift to visit our showroom:
If the stairs start to become too difficult to manage at home, there are usually two options that people can consider to solve the problem. The first option is to remain at home (with modifications), and the other is to move to a senior living or assisted living facility. Both are feasible options, but many prefer to remain in their home because it prevents the stress of having to move again, and makes it possible to remain in the place that has so many positive emotional ties. A home is a place of comfort as it is where most people build lasting memories with family and friends, whether it be from holidays parties, or social gatherings with friends.
There are an estimated 3.3 million wheelchair users in the United States. As a result of increased awareness and new legislation, more and more travel destinations are seizing the opportunity to change their thinking about accessibility tourism. Instead of treating it as something that must be managed separately, more destinations now consider accessibility as mainstream. Along with mints on pillows and individually wrapped soaps, travelers will often also find wheelchair ramps and LU/LA elevators in many hotels.
The installation of a stair lift provides a safe and easy way for people with limited mobility to navigate between the floor levels of their home. The process of purchasing a stair lift is often a smooth one as stair lifts safely fit on most staircases. However, there are times when the extended rail of the lift at the bottom of the stairs presents an issue or two that needs to be addressed before installation.
One of the most common is that the bottom of the staircase ends in an area that receives a lot of foot traffic on a daily basis. Straight stair lift rails must stick out at least 16 inches past the bottom step, which can lead to the rail becoming an obstruction, and in some cases, a tripping hazard. Another potential issue is when there is a door at the bottom of the stairs. This is common when the lift is installed on a staircase that leads down to a basement.
For some seniors, the stairs can become too difficult to navigate due to limited mobility, weakened muscles, and lack of stability. As a result, the stairs at home become a daily hassle and are eventually avoided. When the stairs become a challenge, many seniors may consider downsizing to a single-level home or moving into a retirement living facility. However, both of these options can become very costly. Fortunately, the installation of a stair lift provides a quick, and cost-effective solution, while providing many other benefits.
Safety – Prevents Injuries
The most obvious benefit is that it provides a safer way to use the stairs at home. Using a motorized chair to get from floor to floor reduces the risk of an injury at home as the stairs are one of the most common areas that present a high risk for a fall. Missing one step while walking up or down a staircase can result in a broken hip, leg, or a variety of other serious injuries.
Holiday lighting, decorations, trees and more help to put everyone in the holiday mood. All of these things help set a cheerful holiday atmosphere, but they also pose hidden dangers. These tips can help you keep your family and home safe.
If the stairs at home are becoming difficult to manage due to limited mobility or significant injury, a stair lift may be the perfect solution. However, because there are so many different available models and options to choose from, the research process can be pretty overwhelming. Many people don't know where to start and are often unaware of the factors that are most important when choosing a lift.
In this post, we have compiled 7 tips that will simplify the process and make it easier to choose whether or not a stair lift is the best solution for yourself or a family member.
Lifeway Mobility Offers Bruno's Folding Rail Options for Enhanced Safety
Lifeway Mobility Chicago, Bruno's top Chicago area stair lift dealer, is proud to announce that Bruno's new folding rail can be added as an option for all of Bruno's straight rail stair lifts that we sell and install. The folding rail option can be a manual folding rail or a power folding rail that automatically folds upward once the rider and chair are safely clear.
Features of the New Manual and Power Folding Rails:
Electrical components are now inside of the rail, providing a clean look
Low-profile, unobtrusive design
Manual folding rail locks into position by itself for easy use
A handle that makes it easy to move the folding rail up or down
Do I Need to add a Folding Rail for my Stairlift?
There may be a number of reasons why a manual or power folding rail may need to be added as an option for your stairlift. However, the three most common reasons why our experts would recommend folding rail to your Bruno stair lift are:
There are family members or a caregiver living in your home, and the extended rail is going to be a tripping hazard when they are walking near the staircase
The rail is an obstruction to a doorway
The doorway or hallway at the bottom of the stairs is narrow
Should I add a manual or power folding rail?
The type of folding rail that you will need to add to your stair lift depends on your ability to bend down and fold/unfold the rail. If you have a difficult time bending down to pick something up from the floor, then a power-folding rail would be recommended. However, if you are capable of folding the rail up yourself, or if you have another person living with you that can fold it, then a manual folding rail is likely the better option.
How does a manual folding rail work?
With your foot or walking cane, push the locking lever that aligns the rail. After release, the lightweight rail folds up and out of the way easily with the assistance of a gas spring.
If you would like more information on the new folding rail or would like a free stairlift consultation, please contact us. One of our accessibility experts will be glad to assist you!