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Published On: Wed, Feb 20th, 2019

When Should I Install A Home Elevator?

Getting around to all the little projects around the house means something always falls through the cracks. Cleaning out the garage and making a will usually fall on the list of things-to-do as people age, but what about mobility care? Making a home mobility-friendly as you age is one of the best things you can do to ensure your independence. A home elevator can be a great way to avoid being unable to access parts of your home. The cost of installing one of these devices depends highly on the type of home elevator you are considering.

photo courtesy of Transelevator

Decreased Mobility

The primary motivating factor for most people to install a residential elevator in their home is after their mobility is decreased. Decreased mobility can happen after an accident, illness, or an operation. If your home has become an obstacle in the wake of an event like this, it might be time to start considering a residential lift.

  • Are you experiencing frequent accidents or falls in your home?
  • Do you wait for someone else to bring you items from upstairs/downstairs?
  • Are you exhausted from climbing the stairs in your home?
  • Do your joints hurt more after you have climbed the stairs?

If you are experiencing any of these problems at least a few times a week, then you might find yourself in the most suitable time to invest in a residential elevator.

Degenerative Diseases

Being diagnosed with a degenerative condition can be a whirlwind of emotions and preparations. Conditions like Multiple sclerosis and Huntington’s disease worsen over time and in different degrees. A diagnosis of any mobility-limiting condition should be a time to consider if a home elevator might make living at home easier. Many times, people who receive these diagnoses prefer to have a home elevator installed early in their home, so it feels natural to use as the condition progresses.

Home Remodel

Sometimes people install a home elevator as part of an overhaul of their entire home. When installed during a home remodel, the rest of the home can be modeled around the elevator. Hydraulic elevators can be hidden in the wall and out of sight, while pneumatic vacuum elevators are front and center. Both types of elevators are quieter than the traditional cable-based elevators in commercial buildings. They make getting around a home with multiple stories much more accessible, and it adds value to homes.

Temporary Solution

Some home elevators can be added as a temporary mobility solution and removed if no longer desired. These elevators have a minimal installation footprint, and setup takes only a few days. Anyone recovering from surgery or a major accident might find an elevator a suitable temporary solution.

As you can see, there are a wide variety of reasons why someone would want to install an elevator in their home. They’re great mobility solutions for seniors, but also for anyone who may be experiencing decreased mobility. A home elevator can help you retain independence and freedom, rather than feeling restricted in your own home.

Author: Justin Weinger

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