Stairlifts in the home were the product of choice for wheelchair users to help get up and down the stairs for years. A relatively new concept, the home wheelchair elevator, is now a popular alternative for a wide variety of reasons. The wheelchair elevator is thought to be safer, more aesthetically pleasing and quieter than stairlifts.
The risk of falling if the seat belt is not fastened properly is significant in for a wheelchair user in a stairlift. If you have weak joints, it may be difficult to raise yourself up from a seated position once at the top of the stairs. Use of this product can also become more difficult in time.
Aesthetically, owners of stairlifts often do not like a big piece of machinery perched on the stairwell in plain site.The lift can ruin the appearance of the staircase, which for many is the focal point of the home.
A U.S. manufacturer, Stiltz Inc, offers a wheelchair elevator called The Trio. This lift includes lots of standard safety features such as weight and height obstruction sensors. An added bonus is that it can be installed in almost any place in the home thanks to its special design and features.The owner therefore can choose a discreet location for the lift, as opposed to the stairlift which can only be installed on the stairs.
Unlike many other home elevators on the market available in the USA today, the Stiltz Trio is a non-hydraulic lift and is powered by an internal electric motor that plugs straight into the wall using a normal 220v outlet. Therefore, while noise is a criticism of most stairlifts, this wheelchair lift is quiet. Most importantly, this type of wheelchair lift gives the wheelchair user their independence back and the freedom to be able to move around their own home unaided.
article originally appeared in The Senior Voice