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How to Live with a disability

Updated on December 9, 2016

Living with a disability or someone who has a disability can be challenging in today’s society – but this should not be the case. There are many ways in which to make a disabled persons life much easier and more integrated.

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Tackling common problems

One of the most common things that separate people with disabilities from able bodied people is stairs. Stairs are a huge disadvantage to disabled people and they really shouldn’t be.

To overcome such an issue in the home you can install a stairlift. A stairlift can make such a difference to someone who is disabled and would not otherwise be able to use the stairs on their own. Stair lifts give independence back where it was previously taken.

Choosing a stairlift can sometimes be a confusing process. Knowing what questions to ask and the factors to take into consideration are important. When striving for the best advice you need to seek the advice of an experienced stairlift sales person. You may also like to discuss your needs with any other friends who have a stairlift and see what they find as vital features.

If you or the person requiring the lift has a condition that will deteriorate, you will need to look at long term use and what might be needed in the foreseeable future too.

Effect on others

It is also important to consider the other members of the household when making your decision. Can the other household members still use the stairway freely when the stairlift is folded and packed away? Can large items still be carried up the stairs?

If the track for the stairlift cannot continue beyond the bottom or top step of the staircase because it will obstruct a door, some companies can provide a fold up, hinged rail to overcome this problem. This rail may be manually or electrically operated. These are all things to consider when asking for advice on which stairlift will best suit you and your home.

Choosing a stairlift can still be a confusing task so it is always best to discuss your needs with an experienced salesperson or occupational therapist who can help you understand what you need and what is available to you.

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