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Call for improved independent living conditions as vulnerable people are denied care

It has recently emerged that the proportion of over 65’s getting help has fallen by a third since 2005-6.

This figure was generated by a report from Age UK who have titled their report “Care in Crisis 2014”. The report shows the deep problems with social care and the lack of support for older people around the UK.

Here at Terry Lift’s we are strong believers that Independent Living is the way forward. We believe that older people should be able to stay in their homes for as long as possible, in their own comfortable surroundings.

We think the focus should be on assisting people in living independently, in a safe and healthy environment.

There are many products on the Market which are made to serve this purpose. For instance, a product which we have recently developed is our Lifestyle Lift. This has been designed for those who have stairs in the home however are in the situation where they may be starting to struggle climbing the stairs on a regular basis.

By planning ahead and taking action before this becomes an unavoidable problem, our customers are able to stay in their own homes well into retirement and old age.

The benefit of a product such as a Home Lift is that the elderly are given more freedom in their homes and are able to undertake tasks which may have otherwise proved a difficult and time consuming activity. This will therefore prevent the need to move house or into a nursing home.

We are in contact with a number of people each day who are only just discovering the benefits of Independent Living, and are putting the necessary steps in place in order to prevent the need to move.

By making a few mobility friendly alterations to help with the obstacles everyday life can bring, the elderly will gain the freedom and long term support needed in order to maintain a healthy, safe and happy lifestyle.

At Terry Lifts we believe that solutions such as these should not break the bank which is why we provide no obligation free quotations to all our clients, whilst ensuring they are receiving the best value for money and service at all times.

Why Residential Lifts are a great alternative to moving home

Many people assume that Residential Lifts are a pricey and disruptive operation which is more trouble (and money) than it’s worth, but this is far from the truth.

Residential Lifts come in all different shapes and sizes. All are designed to serve the same purpose, to aid those whose stairs are starting to, or have become an issue.

With the property market constantly fluctuating, and Bungalows becoming less and less as new developments spring up left, right and centre (the majority being 2 or 3 story homes). It is becoming apparent that moving house in order to avoid the stairs is not as straight forward as it used to be.

Installing a Residential Lift is considerably less time consuming and a much more cost effective alternative than moving house. As many people have lived in the same family home for a number of years it is understandable that most are unwilling to leave the comfort and surroundings of their own home. And why should they? A home is full of memories! From baby’s first steps, the first Christmas in the home, all the family occasions both happy and sad. These are the events that make a house a home.

Terry Lifts understand the stress and disruption moving house can cause which is why we strive to make the design of their Residential Lifts as unobtrusive as possible. We understand it takes a long time to get your house the way you want it, and that a lot of time, effort and money goes into doing just that. The last thing we want to do is install an unsightly Residential Lift which stands out like a sore thumb. We also know how precious your home is which is why we aim to cause minimal disturbance and alterations whilst going through the installation process.

Take the Lifestyle Lift for example, this is a small through floor lift which takes up minimal space and can be fit neatly into a corner of a room. It has been designed to blend in with almost all home décors and comes with many customisable features in order to create a natural looking, alternative way to travel from one floor to another.

If you are thinking of moving home because the stairs are becoming too much, please contact us to see if a Residential Lift could benefit you, before making the decision to move. We offer free no obligation quotations and a member of our friendly team will be happy to talk you through the process and answer any questions you may have.

Disney Pixar UP! Film perfectly depicts need for Independent Living

Here at Terry Lifts we recently stumbled upon the film UP! The 2009 Disney Pixar creation is aimed at children with loveable characters such as Dug the talking dog and Russell, a young wilderness explorer. The film is based on a 78 year old man Carl Fredrickson who is being forced into a retirement home after an incident regarding his mailbox.

Not wanting to leave his home, which he shared with his recently deceased wife Ellie, he filled his home full of helium balloons and floated away, to fulfil his wife’s childhood dreams of adventure.

Although mainly a children’s film, we can’t help but see the clear deeper meaning the creators have instilled within the story line. For us, it really hits home the feelings and issues the elderly have towards moving into a retirement home, and how a home is a lot more than just a roof over your head.

In the film, Carl often refers to his house by his wife’s name. He speaks to it as if he was talking to his wife. We found this incredibly moving. To Carl, it wasn’t just a house; it was his memories, his heart and his soul. He loved his house just as much as he loved his wife.

There are people all over the UK who can relate to this loveable character. Those who have unfortunately lost their loved ones, and who cherish their memories above all else.

Here at Terry Lifts we fully understand how precious your home is, our aim is to help those in retirement, live a long and happy life in the comfort of their own homes for years to come.

We have designed our Lifestyle Lift specifically with this in mind. We know that as the years go by, tasks we used to have no problem carrying out suddenly become more difficult. As our bodies go through life, our lifestyles eventually start to slow. Walking up and down the stairs start to become problematic. As you get older you find yourself more and more, buying for practicality over appearance.

But why should you? We have designed our Lifestyle Lift to seamlessly fit in with any interior making it an aesthetically pleasing alternative.

If you would like more information on how you can future proof our home, simply give us a call on 0800 247 1229 where a member of our caring and friendly team is on hand to help find a solution to fit your needs.

Don’t suffer in silence, call us today.

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