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Stepping on Stairlift Stereotypes—Why Stairlifts Are Not Just for Seniors

12:00am & Health

When we think about stairlifts, the first thing that comes to mind is often an elderly person. While there is no doubt that stairlifts are a safe solution for seniors who struggle with stairs, the necessity of a stairlift is not just limited to seniors.

From cancer patients that struggle to stand after exhausting chemotherapy, let alone climb stairs, to people suffering from debilitating back pain, stair lifts are helpful to a much larger demographic of people than most may realize. Read on to learn about all of the groups of people, on top of seniors, that can benefit from a stairlift.

Different Conditions That Can Benefit from Stairlifts

  • Cancer Patients

Cancer, as well as cancer treatments such as chemotherapy, can cause many unwanted symptoms that affect mobility such as extreme fatigue, dizziness, muscle weakness, and general pain. These symptoms can change the way you go about doing daily activities such as going up and down the stairs, often causing lightheadedness or dizziness that increases the possibility of a fall. Stairlifts are a practical solution for cancer patients that struggle on the stairs, allowing them to travel safely and effortlessly throughout their entire home without exerting all of their energy.

  • People with Heart Conditions

Many people are affected by the gradual onset of chronic heart failure from congenital heart disease, disorders in the valves inside the heart, or abnormal heart rhythms such as atrial fibrillation. Chest pain, especially on exertion; shortness of breath; and swollen feet and ankles are common symptoms that can seriously affect a person's mobility, independence, and quality of life. Stairs are one of the most challenging hurdles for people with limited exercise tolerance due to heart disease and may be a potential health risk in themselves. Using the stairs under these conditions can cause falls that could potentially lead to injury or exacerbate health conditions. This is where Acorn can help protect you and your heart health— A stairlift can make the presence of stairs irrelevant.

  • Patients Recovering from an Injury or Surgery

Child in strollerLet’s face it. Life is unpredictable, and unexpected events are bound to happen. Whether you are recovering from an injury or surgery that has had a significant impact on your mobility and/or ability to go up and down the stairs, a stairlift is a smart solution. Stairlifts help you regain your independence and mobility—They allow you to have full access to your home, all while taking it easy on your body and allowing it to properly heal.

  • People with Disabilities

Disabilities come in all shapes and sizes, from paralysis to cerebral palsy. For people that live with disabilities that affect their mobility, a stairlift is an option that can help make navigating up and down staircases much easier. Stairlifts grant you freedom, independence, mobility, and full access to your home, allowing you to live life to the fullest every day. 

  • Arthritis Patients

Arthritis affects more than 350 million people globally. Symptoms such as redness, swelling, stiffness, decreased range of motion, and joint pain can make everyday tasks like climbing up the stairs unbearable. As the only stairlift company in the world to earn the Arthritis Foundation’s Ease-of-use Commendation in all models of our products, Acorn stairlifts were designed with the millions of people that suffer from arthritis in mind, as well as anyone who wishes to reclaim their independence and mobility. A stairlift does the lifting so that you don’t have to, relieving the pressure from aching joints and a worried mind.

  • People with Parkinson’s

Parkinson’s Disease is the fastest growing neurological condition in the world, ranking as the second most common age-related neurodegenerative disorder after Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, an estimated 7 to 10 million people live with the disorder globally. Although Parkinson’s Disease also has a profound impact on mental health that can lead to depression, anxiety, memory issues, hallucinations, and delusions, perhaps the biggest physical blow is the devastating effect it has on mobility.

 With symptoms such as involuntary movements, muscle weakness, freezing in place, dizziness, general pain, and impaired vision, staying mobile cannot only seem impossible but can also prove to be extremely dangerous for people with Parkinson’s. This is especially true when attempting to move up and down a steep and slippery set of stairs. This is where our stairlifts come in. Stairlifts eliminate the risk of mobility mishaps, securely strapping in their users and delivering them safely to their destinations.

  • People with Back Pain

Back pain is a universal, all-too-familiar feeling. Among all musculoskeletal disorders, lower back pain is the most prevalent condition— A staggering 568 million people in the world suffer from it. Furthermore, musculoskeletal disorders are the leading contributor to disability worldwide, with lower back pain being the single leading cause of disability in 160 countries.

As our spines are literally the backbones of our foundations, supporting our bodies as we go about our daily activities, it should come as no surprise the impact that back pain can have on our lives. Back pain can make even basic tasks such as getting out of bed or climbing stairs an excruciating experience. Stairlifts take the pressure off your straining spine, allowing you to soar over the obstacles once holding you back.

Let Acorn Stairlifts Give Your Life a Lift

Acorn Stairlifts knows every staircase and home is just as unique as the customer who buys it. This is why we customize our stairlifts to fit you and your specific needs. Acorn offers a wide variety of stairlifts, including models for indoor, outdoor, curved, and straight staircases.

Stairlift installation is mess and stress-free, with all of our stairlifts being attached directly to your staircase and never the wall. This means that you will be able to enjoy your home just the way you like it, without any complicated modifications such as drilling or plastering.

To receive a free, no-obligation quote and one-hour home survey, contact Acorn Stairlifts today. Regardless of your unique circumstances that have formulated your personal mobility story, Acorn wants to help you reach new heights. Don’t wait any longer to start regaining your independence and mobility and living your life to the fullest.

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The Arthritis Foundation's Ease-of-Use Commendation

We are proud to be the very FIRST stairlift company to earn the Arthritis Foundation's Ease-of-Use Commendation. It is yet another effort that continues to prove that Acorn Stairlifts is a pioneer in the industry, always striving to stay ahead of the game, and to help our customers by providing the absolute best solution for their needs.

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