Stairlift Gives a Fresh Lease of Life to a Skegness Woman
A lady from Skegness gets back the freedom of her home. Proving a stair lift is a real asset to mobility.
An uncertain future was faced by Jennifer Croxford aged fifty two multiple sclerosis is a persistent condition which influences the main nervous system by delaying or obstructing the indicators that manage muscle co-ordination, vision, sense and strength.
"For 13 years the effect of the illness slowly got worse and I grew to fear climbing the steps in my house since it became too unpleasant, too wearing and - after a number of drops - also frightening"
"Simple jobs like transporting a glass of water up to the stairs or attempting to transport my ironing upstairs might take three times longer than it normally would. The best way I found was to put things a few steps up then manoeuvre up the stairs on my hands. I would repeat this all the way up the stairs until I got to the top. It was totally tiring and a real hassle”
In May 2012, Jennifer, too feeble to ascend the steps only, realized unless changes were made by her to her house her freedom and mobility was under risk.
"I realized that the stairs were a key impediment to my standard of living and after years of anguish, the easiest answer arrived through an advertisement in one of my local area newspapers - a stairlift. I understood I had to just take the leap to maintain my freedom and contacted social services for capital and assistance but hit a brick wall. I decided to go ahead and order a new lift that’s when my life was actually changed overnight."
Jennifer approached Acorn Stairlifts who took a survey of her home and installed the stairlift after only four days.
"I haven't looked back since the day I purchased. I've gone from feeling caught in the downstairs of my house and fearing the challenge of getting upstairs to not just experiencing the freedom but also feeling elated by the independence."
Jennifer adds: "I understand there might be a stigma connected to stairlifts with a lot of people thinking they're just for the aged. However when you suffer a handicap unexpectedly, I'm proof they are important in helping you improve your life and freedom. I should have taken the plunge sooner!”