Stairlifts options, explanations and Considerations
If you or your relative has mobility issues and requires the assistance of a walking cane, walker, or wheelchair, then you may also want to consider installing a stair lift in either your home (if they currently reside with you) or in their home. Stair lifts (also known as chair lifts) allow users to sit comfortably in a seat that takes them up the steps using the stairs’ railing as a track. below.
What are Stairlifts?
Stairlifts, as they sound, are a convenient way for those with mobility issues to bypass what can be painfully challenging stairways. The stairlift has a track mounted on the wall of the stairway and a motorized chair attached to the track. The chair is a secure seat that will comfortably take you up the flight of stairs. The motorized gear (power-operated) will move the chair at an appropriate speed while the passenger is securely fastened. You will also have the use of a ‘call and send’ button in the event that someone else needs to use it. The stairlift offers freedom and access to those that otherwise would not venture upstairs or do so at their own risk.
Types of Stair Lifts Available
The three main types of stair lifts available for the home are; straight stair lifts, curved stair lifts, and outdoor stair lifts.
Straight Stair Lifts – Designed for a set of stairs going straight up to a second story or straight down to a basement or lower level. Standardized rails are used and the installation time is usually minimal.
Curved Stair Lifts – Required for applications where there is a curve, bend or landing mid-way up or down the staircase. Installation for curved staircases involves building a custom rail to fit your unique staircase and can take longer to install.
Outdoor Stair Lifts – Typically installed on porches, patios and decks, or to help navigate uneven terrain leading to a pier. Customization may be required depending on whether the stairs are straight or curved. Outdoor stairlifts are engineered to withstand the elements through the use of marine-grade vinyl and weatherproof covers.
Common Stair Lift Features
Many stair lift companies offer the following features as either standard with their models or as an additional add-on or upgrade.
Folding Seat & Footrest – Designed to help minimize the amount of space the stairlift takes up when not in use. Some models offer a power option that automatically folds the footrest when the seat is lifted.
Swiveling Seat – Allows the user to rotate the seat away from the open stairs for a much safer exit from the stair lift.
Adjustable/Customizable Chairs – Additional comfort in the form of generous padding, adjustable seat height and armrest width makes for a much smoother ride.
Seat Belt and Safety Sensors – Automotive-grade seatbelts help keep riders safely on the chair while the stair lift is in motion. And safety sensors can detect objects on the stairs that may obstruct the stair lift’s function.
Remote Controls – Can be used to automatically “call or send” the stair lift up and down the stairs allowing multiple users to utilize the stair lift.
Warranty , Repair and Maintenance.
You will grow a dependency in your stairlifts so it is important that you purchase locally and from a company that can provide locals services. Beware dealing with those outside that can sell you a product but will not be available for service. Read more.