When not sat on your stair lift, believe it or not, they have many other uses, beneficial to you and visitors in your home. Although it is advised that you use them for nothing more than transporting yourself or a family member up and down the stairs – and we are advocates of proper stairlift safety at all times – they can have other handy perks. We aren’t suggesting letting the grandchildren use it like a fairground ride, but the alternative uses will definitely come in handy when not using it conventionally.
We all, at some point, need to carry washing up and down flights of stairs and before we’ve even popped the first load in for a spin cycle, the thought of carrying it back upstairs can be daunting. A stair lift can not only bring independence to a lifestyle in this way but can make the arduous task of the laundry a little bit easier. There is no need to break a sweat or struggle with a condition when you can let the stair lift carry you and your washing upstairs. Sadly enough, it can’t put it away in your wardrobe for you. If you struggle to carry the laundry basket then why not utilise the technology?
Many people have ‘upside down houses’ which may consist of your kitchen being upstairs. This isn’t uncommon, and if you suffer from conditions which make the stairs difficult, accessing other rooms this way can be extra difficult. Not only could you use your stair lift for taking the groceries up to the kitchen, but you could save yourself the pain of carrying heavy bags. Even if you have a conventionally structured house you could use your handy stair lift to carry up any toiletries, or pretty much anything that needs to go up another level!
Carrying the hoover upstairs, or even some cleaning products can be difficult. Whether you have a mild disability or simply find some things a struggle due to being elderly, a stair lift can not only lift you but many other household essentials and items as one of its alternative uses. One of the hardest items to carry up the stairs can be the hoover or a mop, and by utilising your stair lift in this way, you can make the cleaning a little bit easier.
It’s not just elderly people that have troubles climbing stairs, but our furry friends may have difficulty too. Elderly dogs can really struggle, and with Arthritis affecting 30% of dogs from them being aged 7 and older, it could be a huge advancement in stair lifts for the future to include this as one of its alternative uses. An unnamed company has already developed a prototype called “Stair of the Dog 2022” but for the time being, why not help your poor pooch out and give them a little lift.
Of course, stair lifts aren’t all fun and games and are an essential part of many people’s lifestyles. If a load does not exceed maximum weight restrictions, and the seat is securely placed, then it can be a wonderful time saver and an extremely efficient way of getting around. If you would like to know any more information about having a stair lift installed in your own home or in a loved one’s home, then our friendly team would love to help. You can get in touch on 0800 046 3438, email us or simply fill out an enquiry form and we would be more than happy to advise you.