In previous posts we’ve not discussed the hidden advantages of installing a lift, beyond improving accessibility for a disabled member of a household.
Where access is difficult then a stair lift can be seen as the cheaper option but not everyone can transfer easily to these and they can be unsightly – they’re an obvious sign of disability and many people resist using them as a result. That’s why on BBC DIY SOS when changing a house for the better, they instal a lift, even in the smallest of spaces. The obvious advantage is the convenience of easy access everywhere however there are others ……..
Installing domestic house lifts are no longer intrusive in terms of space required and days to install. Most modern household lifts require a small footprint of space and can very often be installed in a matter of 1-2 days. This then future proofs your house in terms of short or long term disability. As we all get older and less able, the addition of a lift ensures you can stay in your home for longer without extra assistance. And no one wants to live entirely on the ground floor with a broken leg especially if the bathroom is upstairs! Household lifts are now much smarter and who wouldn’t like to live like this????…………
Improved access with a lift installation can also add value to a home or business. For example, if your employer needs to put in reasonable adjustments for ‘Access to Work’ adaptations or a hospitality venue has no flat access, then they are excluding 13% of the population and a market worth £249BN in the UK and $1TR globally. Let alone promoting a non-inclusive working culture! Additionally, a lift is now seen as a differentiator when selling houses.
Giving access to all is therefore both financially advantageous and socially beneficial …..It connects the generations and something as simple as reading a child a bedtime story is no longer physically impossible.