40% of people prefer parents to use homelift rather than stairlift, claims new research

Nearly 40% of people said they would feel safer knowing their parents were travelling to the upstairs of their home in a homelift rather than a stairlift, according to a new study.

Researchers polled 2,000 adults aged 40 or over and all the people asked were in contact with at least one parent that lives independently at home.

Commissioned by Stiltz Lifts, the study revealed that 788 of respondents preferred their mother or father to use a partially enclosed home lift instead of an exposed stairlift. 18% did not believe their parent or parents would be any safer in a home lift, with 42% not sure.

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The research, carried out by onepoll.com, showed 69% agreed that their parents’ desire for independence was the most important thing to them with 13% stating they wanted to stay at home but make home modifications to make it more accessible.

Just 2% said a desirable option would be for their parents’ to move into the family home. Another 2% of those polled said their parents would like to move to a care home but could not afford it.

Stephanie McMahon, head of research at Strutt & Parker estate agency, said it has 117 properties on its books with reference of a ‘lift’. She said some homebuyers wanted a lift because of disability issues, while others were looking it as a way of ‘future-proofing’ their home for use in later life.

She said: “Futureproofing a property with adjustments such as a personal domestic lift may allow individuals to stay in their homes for longer and add value in the longer term. In our latest Housing Futures survey, 7% of respondents wanted their new home to be accessible for the disabled and 5% said they would like a home lift.”

Stuart Barrow, an occupational therapist from Promoting Independence Limited, added: “Our job as an OT is to help enable somebody to regardless of disability and impairment stay at home. If you cannot put a lift or make a home modification in the property you have to relocate them. This means they lose their GP, their family, so by putting a through the floor home lift in enables them to remain at home.”

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