As people age or face mobility issues, moving around their homes can become a daunting task. Fortunately, there are many devices that can help individuals move around their homes with ease, including chairlifts and stairlifts. While they may seem similar, there are some key differences between the two that are worth noting.
Chairlifts, also known as platform lifts, are designed to transport individuals in a seated position from one level of a building to another. They are typically installed on the outside of a building, such as on a porch or deck, and provide access to an upper or lower level. Chairlifts come in a variety of models, including straight, curved, and outdoor, and can be customized to fit specific staircases or outdoor spaces.
On the other hand, stairlifts are installed directly onto a staircase and are designed to transport individuals up and down the stairs in a seated or standing position. They are typically installed on the inside of a building and are ideal for individuals who have difficulty climbing stairs due to mobility issues, such as arthritis or a knee or hip replacement. Stairlifts can also come in a variety of models, including straight, curved, and outdoor, and can be customized to fit specific staircases.
One of the main differences between chairlifts and stairlifts is the location of installation. Chairlifts are installed on the outside of a building, while stairlifts are installed on the inside. Additionally, chairlifts are designed to transport individuals in a seated position, while stairlifts can accommodate both seated and standing positions.
Another difference is the type of staircase each device can accommodate. Chairlifts are typically designed for straight staircases or those with gentle curves, while stairlifts can be installed on both straight and curved staircases.
When it comes to price, both chairlifts and stairlifts can vary widely depending on the model, installation requirements, and customization options. They both can cost anywhere from $2,000 to $15,000. However, in general, chairlifts tend to be more expensive than stairlifts due to their location of installation and additional safety features.
While chairlifts and stairlifts share some similarities, they are two distinct devices that serve different purposes. Chairlifts are designed to transport individuals in a seated position from one level of a building to another. In contrast, stairlifts are designed to transport individuals up and down the stairs in a seated or standing position. When considering which device to install, it’s important to consider the location, type of staircase, and individual needs and preferences.
Learn More at Freedom Mobility
Still have questions about the difference between a stairlift and a chairlift? Do you want help deciding which one you should install? Freedom Mobility is here to help! Our certified Assistive Technology Professionals (ATPs) and Certified Aging-in-Place Specialists (CAPS) are here to help make the best decisions for you or your loved one. We offer both stairlifts and chairlifts and can make recommendations based on the individual’s needs.
Contact us now to speak to our knowledgeable staff or schedule an appointment to visit our Hanover, MD, showroom.