Dolphin Lifts Midlands said it was delighted to be involved in this week’s episode of DIY SOS, which took place in Bromsgrove.
With offices in Oldbury and Tipton, the company was perfectly situated to help the DIY SOS Team convert Karis Lane’s local home.
The home was difficult to live in for Karis, who was born with Cerebral Palsy, as the doorways were too narrow for her wheelchair and there was no access to the first floor.
Her mother Karen took it upon herself to try and help and contacted the DIY SOS team and soon plans were underway for a home conversion and two storey extension.
Steve Wilson, general manager at Dolphin Lifts Midlands, explained: “The aim of the conversion was to ensure Karis could be as independent as possible and a vital part of this was ensuring Karis could access her upstairs apartment from the ground floor.”
Adding: “As soon as we got the call, we knew we had to help Karis and her family so we immediately spoke to Stiltz (the home lifts specialist for whom we are a distributor) as we felt one of their through the floor lift would be perfect.”
Following an assessment of the property and Karis’s needs, it was decided by Dolphin Lifts Midlands and Stiltz that a Trio+ wheelchair-accessible home lift would be the perfect solution.
It detailed how its installation would allow Karis to access her upstairs apartment independently but it would also eliminate the risks associated with carrying Karis upstairs.
On seeing the finished home and lift for the first time, the Lane family were overwhelmed.
Karis said: “At the touch of a button and with a little bit of pixie dust, I’m elevated from the ground floor into my apartment without needing to be carried up the stairs. I feel like a princess riding in my own home lift, it is so heavenly.”
Karis’ sister Jo was just as impressed: “It’s a lovely looking home lift that takes up little space in my property and has taken away the fear of falling when carrying my sister up and down the stairs. Karis now has free movement around the whole of my house so she can fully participate with the family.
Adding: “The domestic lift has given Karis complete independence and is so much better than a stairlift which would have meant we still needed to help Karis. I also think people tend to relate stair lifts with elderly people which is just not right for Karis or our home. We are so grateful to Dolphin Lifts Midlands and Stiltz Home Lifts UK.”