Using a stair-elevator or a handicapped lift in the home is an option for handicapped people where stairs are a problem.
These elevators have a seat that fold up against the wall so it doesn't obstruct other people's passage up and down the stairs.
Stair lifts can be on a rail that fastens to the wall or they can rest on the stairs themselves. The elevators on the wall are more expensive and have to be designed structurally to handle the weight from behind the “rider” instead of below.
My mother-in-law had one of these home elevators that rested on the stairs. RL decided that if we ever had an elevator type lift, it would be one that glides up and down a rail attached to the wall, rather than the stairs. He had to try to get a washer and dryer out of the basement while the rail was attached to the stairs, and it was no "picnic". However, as we consider purchasing one, the price of the unit has a big influence as to the type.
The stair elevator usually runs by electricity, and may contain a battery, so that if you are ever caught without power, the elevator can still be operated, and not leave you stranded up or down, whichever the case might be.
When considering the price, one should compare with the cost of a retirement or health assisted home.
The stair elevator can allow your loved one to be independent for years longer and the cost is minimal, compared to the thousands each month for an assisted living facility.
Knowing that your loved one is able to stay in their own home and be comfortable relieves your mind and makes it nice for your father or mother at the same time.
The United States and England have manufacturers for these stair elevators. Ebay is a good place to look for available stairlifts. Googling "stair lifts" or "stair elevators" will reveal many outlets to you too.
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