Design tips for incorporating aging-in-place elements into your home

For many older homeowners, eliminating the need for stairs is an impetus to move into a home with one-level living. But Reineberg said in an email that a stair lift can be fully functional and comfortable while blending into the decor of the home.

Reineberg said homeowners need to consider these three elements when considering a stair lift:

1. Installation area: This will dictate the size of the stair lift you can install. While safety is the top priority, stair lifts today are much more compact than in the past.

2. Power options: There are several power options to make the stair lift less noticeable, such as swivel and folding seats and folding footrests.

3. Finishes and colors: Upgraded upholstery and colors give homeowners the ability to coordinate stair lifts with the rest of the home’s decor.

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