If you live with a senior loved one who has started to have mobility issues, you have probably considered getting some mobility aids for your home.

Caring for a relative with limited mobility is challenging, but there are a lot of solutions available that won’t break the bank. This way, you’ll feel at ease knowing that they’re safe. At the same time, they can enjoy independence as well.

Two of the most popular mobility aids for seniors are platform lifts and stair lifts. If you’re choosing between the two for your senior loved one, let’s take a look at their features and differences.

Stair lifts

Stair lifts, also known as chairlifts, are ideal for individuals who are still able to walk with ease, but have difficulty climbing stairs. It’s also a good choice for those who can easily transfer from a wheelchair to the stair lift seat on their own.

The stair lift is a simple contraption that are easily installed on staircases. The track takes the seat up and down the stairs, allowing those with mobility issues to transport themselves comfortably.

Stair lifts can be installed for both straight and curved staircases. It’s motorized and battery-operated, so it can be used even during power outages.

If you have a loved one who is relatively agile for their age but can still use some help climbing stairs, the stair lift is your best bet. They can maintain their independence around the home but get the assistance when they need it.

Platform lifts

Meanwhile, platform lifts are similar to elevators in terms of accessible design. However, platform lifts are much easier to add in homes as they don’t require remodeling work to be installed.

Platform lifts considered the more cost-effective substitute to an elevator. They are intended for individuals who can no longer transfer out of their wheelchair and must be lifted up or down the stairs in it.

The most common kind of platform lift is the vertical lift. This one carries an individual while on their wheelchair, scooter, or other mobility aids through a platform, directly from one floor to another.

Unlike stair lifts which require no home modifications, a platform lift might need you to make some adjustments at home. Although they won’t be as demanding as an elevator, you’d still need to spend to make changes.

Now that you know the differences between a stair lift and a platform lift, have you determined which of these mobility aids your senior loved one would need?

If you want to learn more, you may contact Western Stairlifts at (801) 386-2408. We offer free home evaluations and will happily help you choose from our selection of stair lifts and vertical lifts available.