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Stair lift: Why you should consider other options

Estimated reading time 6 min. Published 15.08.2018
People who experience troubles climbing stairs has a number of options on how to solve it. S stair lift have previously been one of the common ways to fix the problem, and in this article we'll discuss why a stair lift isn't necessarily the best solution for you.

What is a stair lift?

Stair Lift requires quite a bit of space
A stair lift is a electric device that transports you between different floors in your house. It usually consists of a railing system that is tailored to your stair, and a seating unit. The seat moves slowly along the staircase, usually at speeds of around 0.07 meter (0.2 feet) per second.
Video showing the speed of a stair lift

Fire safety regulations and building codes

Stairs is usually one of the most important escape routes if there is a fire in your building

Stair lifts unfortunately takes up quite a bit of space, which in many cases will compromise the stair as an escape route during a fire emergency.

A stair lift railing usually takes up about 18 - 22 cm of space from the wall, and the seating unit normally takes up about 35 - 45 cm of space from the wall. In an emergency situation, having the seating unit and the railings installed in the staircase, can therefore be regarded a fire hazard according to building regulations. In many countries the requirement is 100 cm (40 inches) of usable width of the stair, after the stair lift railing is installed. This also means that there often needs to be sufficient space available in the top and bottom of the staircase for the seating unit to rest when not in use.

A stair lift requires quite a bit of space in the staircase
A stair lift requires quite a bit of space in the staircase

Stair lift prices

Straight stairs

There are a number of different models available and the usual price range you would be looking at is $3,000 - $5,000 for a straight stair lift.

Stairs with curves, landings and turns
For curved stairs, the railings need to be custom made to fit your stair. This means longer delivery times, and quite a big price difference. A curved stair lift usually starts at around $10,000, and can increase depending on the complexity of the stair. Longer stairs and more curves and landings is a typical factor that will increase the price point.

Staying active

Technical limitations and building codes is often a trigger cause as to why a stair lift can't be installed, but it's not the most important reason as to why you should consider other options:

Inactivity is regarded one of the biggest global public health concerns of modern time.
It's well-documented that activity have numerous health benefits, such as:

  • Increase chance of being self-reliant and living in your own home
  • Lower probability of falls and fractures
  • Lower risk of diabetes type 2
  • Lower risk of colon- and breast cancer
  • Better memory and other cognitive functions

Sources: http://www.who.int/dietphysica... / https://helsenorge.no/trening-...

Activity is your body's most important medicine and is scientifically proven to counteract diseases such as dementia, heart and vascular disease, heart attack and stroke.
A stair lift will, on the other hand, help to passivate the user:

Experience shows that people who starts using a stair lift, and thereby stops walking stairs on their own, in a very short amount of time loses the ability to climb stairs. Especially elderly and people with disabilities will decrease in muscle mass once they stop climbing stairs in their own home.

This is the reason why we developed the stair climbing aid AssiStep

The Stair handle AssiStep is a stair aid for elderly
The AssiStep is a stair assistant that keeps you active and safe while climbing stairs in your own house

The AssiStep is developed by Norwegian engineers and was launched in 2015. Our desire to develop the AssiStep was fueled by watching our own grandparents experiencing troubles climbing the stairs in their homes. Difficulties climbing stairs often stems from diseases such as Parkinson's, stroke and MS, but also a variety of other factors such as reduced balance, dizziness and a history of falling.

Statistical facts:

Falling in the stairs can have large consequences, such as hip fracture or femoral neck fracture. More than 95% of all hip fractures are caused by falling. A typical patient with hip fracture spends $40,000 in the first year following hip fracture for direct medical costs, and almost $5,000 in subsequent years.

How to stimulate activity in your own home while keeping safe?

We developed the stair assistant AssiStep to stimulate activity and safety in your own home

Since the launch in 2015, and almost 400 installed products, there has been zero reports of falling accidents among our customers.

The AssiStep is certified by the leading global certification organization TÜV, and it's approved for users weighting up to 120 kg. The AssiStep can be installed in both straight stairs and curved stairs and gives a solid and firm support in front of you when walking up or down. It significantly reduces the risk of falling by providing a barrierer between you and the stair, giving you confidence in your everyday life.

The stair handle have a variety of gripping options and keeps you safe in the stair
The handle have a variety of gripping options and locks in place once you apply downward force to it.
When the AssiStep handle is folded towards the wall it takes up very little space in the stair
When the AssiStep handle is folded towards the wall it takes up very little space in the stair

What does the AssiStep cost?

We receive many calls from customers asking, "How much does the AssiStep cost?".

Straight stairs
A typical price range for an AssiStep for straight stairs is in the area $1500 - $2500. The product has a lengthy warranty, and can even be rented if you have a more short term need.

Curved stairs
Where stair lifts starts at around $10,000 for a stair with curves or landings, the AssiStep normally starts at around $2,500 for a stair with one curve. The most complex installations with several curves goes up to around $5,000. For curved stairs the AssiStep will therefore normally be around 3-4 times cheaper than a stair lift, and about half the cost for a straight stair.

There are two main reasons how we're able to keep the prices this much lower than stair lifts:

  1. The AssiStep is a 100% mechanical product, keeping it simple and reliable. There's usually no need for service, and it still works if the power is out in your home
  2. The AssiStep is a 100% module based system. This means that we don't need to tailor our handrail system to your stair, but can instead use finished modules and adapt it to your stair on sight. This reduces labour intensive work and makes it possible for us to install the product quickly.

View our information video:

Why is the AssiStep a good choice?

Designed for your home

The AssiStep is designed and developed by engineers and industrial designers from Norway's leading Technical University.

The AssiStep is designed to blend naturally into your home environment as a discrete solution.

Keeps you safe and active

The AssiStep has been tested and certified by the world recognized TÜV from Germany. It's approved for users weighting up to 120 kg / 264 punds and is compliant with the technical safety standards EN ISO 12182:2012 and EN ISO 14971:2012.

Can be installed in most types of stairs

AssiStep is designed to be easily adaptable to your stair. It can be installed in both straight and curved stairs as well as stairs with flat landings.

Takes up very little space

When the handle is folded, you'll only notice the beautiful stainless steel handrail.

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