When my dad started having problems getting around the house, and having falls, we knew we had to do something to help keep him safe. The last thing we wanted was him to fall down the stairs, and the stairs in their home are actually pretty steep, so it would certainly have been a disaster if that had happened. Moving really wasn’t an option, and really they didn’t want to move anyway. This is when we decided to do a stair lift. We went with Acorn, so that is what I will be sharing with you today.
The process is very easy. When you call they set up a time for a consultant to come out, measure your stairs, tell you about the product and how it will work. If you live in certain states (Utah is one of them) you can get a waiver on the sales tax if you have a doctor’s prescription for the stair lift. This saved us a lot of money, and our doctor agreed that it was an important safety item. You can also get a bit of a break on price if you belong to AARP. If you decide to go forward they ask for a small deposit before they schedule your install.
The nice thing about Acorn is they can make it work on a variety of stairs. Ours needed a curve so it would end in a good spot (the front door enters to the stair case, so we wanted the chair tucked out of the way). You can also see that we had a landing as well, so it needed to go around that too.
The install is scheduled pretty quickly, which is great since it’s a safety issue we didn’t want to wait long. It was about a week from our consultation to our installation day. Installation in our house took about 5 hours, maybe 6. It wasn’t an all day affair. The installer was very professional and knew what he was doing.
When the install is done, the installer will walk you through using the chair, explaining the different parts and how it all works. They will go over this as many times as you need. They will also have the main user do a test run in the chair while they are there to make sure that the person who is going to use it most is comfortable using it and understands the controllers.
The controls are simple on the chair, and it also comes with two remotes (one for the top of the stairs, one for the bottom). Our installer even said we could put a laundry basket on the chair and run it up the stairs if we didn’t want to carry it! But really, the controls come in handy if someone goes up the stairs, but someone needs it to come back down so they can go up the stairs too.
We have been very happy with it! Since my dad is the main user, it has been really important to us that he likes using it, and he does. The entire ride up our stair case (and remember it’s kind of big and steep) takes about one minuet. The really nice thing is the chair will keep the rider at a constant level, meaning you don’t feel the shifts in steepness. It’s a very smooth, easy, ride. Yes, I tried it.
They also offer great support in case anything does go wrong with the unit. And since it runs on batteries, you don’t have to worry about not being able to use it if the power goes out.
I highly recommend getting a stair lift if you need one for yourself or a loved one. I wish we had done this sooner for my dad, but we are so pleased to have it now and to know that he is safe on the stairs. It’s very comforting not to have to worry about falls on the stairs, and to know that they are able to stay in their home for years to come now.