What is a stair lift?
A stair lift is a mechanical device for lifting people and wheelchairs up and down stairs.
A stair lift (chair lift / stairway lift) in an aging persons home is becoming more common everyday. With so many seniors living longer and aging with manageable disabilities, it makes plenty of sense. One major problem that seniors have when living independently at home is trying to manage climbing up and down the steps in their two-story homes. This can prove to be an extremely daunting task for the many seniors that try to take it on. This is where a stair lift can become a life changing home improvement that allows you to navigate your stairs simply with the push of a button.
Have you ever gone upstairs to grab something but realized that you could not remember what you wanted to get when you got all the way up the stairs? So what do you do then? You go back downstairs and as soon as you get to the bottom, BAM, you remember what you wanted to grab so you have to run back up the steps. For a senior with trouble navigating the stairs, climbing back up those steps again would be nearly impossible, unless they had a stair lift.
Stair lifts are very reliable and easy to use. If you can sit down and push a button, you can use a stair lift. Here are some of the most common questions relating to having a stair lift installed in your home:
Are stair lifts safe?
- Yes, our stairway lifts have several safety edges that will stop the lift if activated. A kitty, sweater, toy or shoe left on the track or in the path will activate a safety edge.
Can the stair lift be used outdoors?
- Yes, outdoor models are available for wet and salt air conditions.
Can unsteady people use a stair lift?
- Yes, the stairway lift has a seat belt that will secure the rider.
Can the stair lift ever run away or freewheel down the track?
- No, the stairway lift stops automatically and immediately if the motor over speeds from any cause. The lift will stop even if a transmission failure (unheard of) should occur.
What about pathway obstructions, or a door at the bottom of the track?
- No problem – usually. A folding rail can be installed which can be folded back either manually or powered, once the lift has carried its occupant to the bottom. This eliminates any pathway trip hazard, allows doors to close and permits a stairway lift to be used in many tight locations.
Can people who are unable to sit down use a stair lift?
- Yes, Sit – Stand and Perch models are available.
How difficult are the stair lift’s controls?
- Very easy. Toggle switches on the armrest require very little pressure to activate. On Sit-Stand and Perch models, the toggle switch can be placed where it most convenient to the user. Two remote controls, usually placed one at the top and one at the bottom will also operate the stairway lift.