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Improving Accessibility: FlexStep Stairlift on Everyday Mobility

In Singapore, enhancing mobility within residential spaces has become a priority, reflecting a broader commitment to inclusivity and accessibility for all. Notably, programs like the Home Improvement Programme (HIP) and the Enhancement for Active Seniors (EASE), spearheaded by the Housing and Development Board (HDB), underscore this commitment.


Since its inception in 2007, HIP has focused on crucial upgrades within flats, such as structural repairs and the installation of new sanitary fittings, with the government fully funding essential improvements. More targeted towards the needs of the elderly, the EASE programme supplements this by offering installations like grab bars and slip-resistant flooring to foster a safer living environment.



Recently, the scope of EASE expanded to include innovative solutions like wheelchair lift, catering to residences where traditional ramps are not feasible due to spatial constraints. This evolving landscape of mobility solutions sets the stage for discussing the transformative impact of technologies such as the FlexStep Stairlift, which promises to further revolutionise everyday mobility for many.



Exploring Current Mobility Solutions in Singapore

Before diving into the specifics of how FlexStep operates and why it's the best choice compared to existing solutions, it's crucial to understand the current landscape of mobility solutions available in Singapore.

The market predominantly offers ramps and wheelchair lifts as primary options. However, these solutions have their own sets of limitations and challenges. By understanding these existing solutions, we can better appreciate how FlexStep provides a unique, user-friendly, and space-efficient alternative.


While ramps provide a crucial mobility solution for wheelchair users, their application within HDB flats and beyond is often constrained by physical and practical limitations.


Particularly for seniors, the use of ramps is limited by the number of steps they can realistically manage. Any entrance with more than 3 steps would require a customised ramp, which adds additional complications in terms of installation and maintenance.



When a flat has a multi-step entrance, the default solution offered is a portable ramp. However, this option presents significant challenges for the elderly, as portable ramps are not always easy to manoeuvre and install independently.



The process of setting up these ramps can require considerable physical effort and technical skill that may not be manageable for many seniors on a daily basis. This situation highlights the need for more user-friendly and permanent solutions in enhancing home accessibility.


Wheelchair Lifts for Free Access

Wheelchair lift serve as an alternative mobility solution in homes where ramp installation is not feasible. While they enhance accessibility by transporting users over steps or other vertical barriers directly, their functionality comes with certain limitations.


A significant drawback is their spatial footprint. When not in use, wheelchair lift occupy valuable floor space. This is particularly problematic in newer residential units in Singapore, where space is at a premium and every square foot counts.


Furthermore, the installation of a wheelchair lift may require modifications to existing structures, such as metal gates, which can incur additional costs borne by the homeowner. The space constraints and limited customisation options of wheelchair lift make them less than ideal for many residents. This highlights the need for more integrated and space-efficient mobility enhancements in residential settings.


Understanding the Functionality of FlexStep

BELIFT's FlexStep Stairlift offers a revolutionary approach to mobility within homes and public spaces by combining the functions of both a standard staircase and a wheelchair lift.


This innovative 2-in-1 design enables a seamless transition from stairs to a sturdy platform lift. Refer to the product demonstration below to see the transition from a standard staircase to a wheelchair lift.



This dual functionality is particularly advantageous as it eliminates the need for separate installations of a stairway and a lift or ramp, thus conserving valuable floor space. The FlexStep is designed to be universally useful, catering efficiently to both pedestrians and wheelchair users, making it an ideal solution for environments where space and accessibility are critical considerations.


Advantages of FlexStep Over Other Mobility Solutions

FlexStep Stairlift distinguishes itself as the leading mobility solution in Singapore, outclassing other options like ramps and wheelchair lifts in several key aspects.


First and foremost, FlexStep can handle a wider range of steps, from two to six. This offers a solution for environments where ramps might be impractical due to the number of steps. Unlike ramps, which are limited by physical constraints and can often be cumbersome to set up and use, FlexStep offers a solution that is both seamless and integrated.





In terms of customisation, FlexStep leads the market.


It allows for personalisation to harmonise with the existing decor by enabling homeowners to fit their own matching floorboards on the steps, ensuring the stairlift blends seamlessly into the living space.


Moreover, FlexStep’s safety features are more robust to those found in traditional wheelchair lifts.


It can be equipped with doors, vertical barriers, and automatic onboard barriers, which enhance security and usability. Additionally, its innovative fold-up ramp provides maximum protection against rolling off, making it a safer and more user-friendly option.



These features, combined with its space-saving design and aesthetic adaptability, clearly position FlexStep as the leader in mobility solutions in Singapore.


The FlexStep Stairlift emerges as a superior mobility solution in Singapore, surpassing traditional ramps and lifts with its versatile design, customisation options, and enhanced safety features.


It combines functionality with aesthetic appeal, making it a perfect choice for both residential and commercial spaces. If you're aiming to enhance accessibility with a seamless solution, contact BELIFT today to discover how the FlexStep Stairlift can be customised to meet your needs.

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