A wheelchair lift is beneficial if you have an elderly or a disabled family member in your home. Especially if you’re home is not designed to be wheelchair-friendly, installing a lift will make it easier for you and your loved one to move around the house.
But before deciding to inquire a wheelchair lift in a website for your home, you have to weigh the advantages and disadvantages first:
1. Less assistance is needed.
Let’s face it, if you’re paying for a caregiver, the bulk of their responsibility is to assist the patient navigating throughout the house. It is more costly to hire one, also. If you have a wheelchair lift installed in your home, your loved one will have the independence to move around with fewer restrictions.
2. Makes high floors accessible to the patient.
A multi-level home typically have the bedrooms upstairs. If that’s the case, the patient will have limitations to the ground level only, or their assistant will always face the difficulty in accessing the stairs if their bedroom is located upstairs.
Having a wheelchair lift will entirely skip the obstacles associated with stairs. Moreover, the patient will somehow feel the normalcy since they can still be able to access the higher floors of the house.
3. Can add to the aesthetics of your house
Having a wheelchair lift at home is very fancy. Aside from its functionality, it can also provide you with the better interior design. You can play with the luxurious effect of a wheelchair lift in your home by coordinating it with the architecture of your floor space so that it will create a harmonious vibe, and not just to look that it was built only out of necessity.
4. Provides a safer environment for the patient.
Most accidents that happen at home are related to persons who use wheelchairs falling off from their staircases because they wanted to go down. To avoid this, installing a wheelchair lift will provide a safer home environment, especially for the patient.
5. Increases the resale value of your home.
Having a wheelchair lift will make your home more valuable since it will be one of the best features of your home. Also, not all homes have elevators in their houses, so it will make your property stand out in case you want to sell it in the future.
Wheelchair lift installation is a costly home improvement project. It will cost you a lot of money not just by the unit itself, but also the labor and other required tasks along with it such as the minor remodeling of your house. Installation of the lift already costs thousands of dollars, and the list still goes on and on.
2. Requires planning.
You can’t just decide and get a wheelchair lift right away. It’s not easy as it requires a lot of planning and remodeling before you can proceed with the installation. Most especially if your home has a floor plan with no original provision for lifts, it’s complicated to plan for the rearrangements needed in your home to accommodate the wheelchair lift.
You also need to consult with an architect and engineer first, since you’ll be dealing with the reconstruction of the ceiling and creating space, which can affect the stability of the entire architecture. The power source and electrical assembly should also be appropriately addressed by an engineer to ensure that the power allocation in your home will still be sufficient even if you already have a lift installed in your house.
3. Maintenance is required.
The safety of wheelchair lifts relies on how well it’s maintained after installation. Like any other elevator, the wheelchair lift also needs to be checked and supported by the same company where you bought it. Maintenance services are too costly, so you need to allocate a part of your budget for that.
4. Takes up a lot of space.
Another disadvantage of a wheelchair lift in your home is that it will occupy a portion of the floor area in your home. If your house is not that spacious, you’ll have trouble finding the space where it will be installed, taking into consideration the convenience for the user.
Having a wheelchair lift is very helpful, especially if you’re dealing with family members in wheelchairs. However, it’s not very easy to have a lift installed in your home. Proper decision-making should be carefully planned out, which includes weighing in the pros and cons of having one in your home.
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