Stairlift also known as Stair Lift or Chairlift / Chair Lift

A stairlift is a mechanical device for lifting people up and down stairs. For sufficiently wide stairs, a rail is mounted to the treads of the stairs. A chair or lifting platform is attached to the rail. A person on the chair or platform is lifted in the chair which it (the chair) moves along the rail.

What is a Stairlift?

A Stairlift is a mechanical device installed in people’s homes who are unable to get up and down the stairs easily. Stairlifts are fitted to the stairs without any disruption to walls or décor. All modern stairlifts operate on rechargeable batteries, the Stairlift batteries are recharged by a simple charging system when the Stairlift is parked in any one of its stopping positions, allowing the stair lift to be used even if there is a power cut.

Stair lift users can usually walk either aided or unaided with the only difficulty being the stairs

Stairlifts are also suitable for wheelchair users by having programmable and adjustable seats and heights which will allow for suitable transfer from the Stairlift seat to the wheelchair and vice versa (side to side transfer from a wheelchair to a Stairlift – face to face transfer from a wheelchair).

Stairlifts with adjustable seat heights and rotating seats can be adjusted to suit you and allow users to get on and off the Stairlift safely without discomfort or pain. Stairlifts with this feature can also be re-adjusted in the future should your needs or condition change, not all Stairlifts have this flexibility. This needs thinking about at the decision making process.

In essence there are 2 types of Stairlifts, straight Stairlift and curved stairlifts;

  1. A straight Stairlift which is designed for straight stairs starting at the bottom and finishing at the top. The straight Stairlift can either have a manual swivel seat or a powered swivel seat to which will rotate at the top of the stairs to allow the user to get off the Stairlift. The seat and footrest can be folded flat when not in use to leave clear space for other stair users. Hinged rails are also available for the straight Stairlift should the rail be an obstruction at the bottom of the stairs, for example if there is a door at the bottom.
  2. A curved Stairlift which is designed for stairs with turns. A curved Stairlift can start at the bottom and finish at the top of the stairs or can be designed to start away from the bottom and away from the top of the stairs. This is particularly suitable for keeping the stairs completely clear and also allowing the end user to safely get on and off the Stairlift away from the stairs. Some Stairlifts are capable of being fitted on the internal side of the stairs making use of the narrow sides of the treads allowing other stair users the wider parts to walk on. Stairlifts which have seats which can rotate while moving also have the ability to manoeuvre through very narrow staircases without sacrificing proper seating or end user safety. Curved Stairlifts can be used on straight stairs gaining some of the advantages shown above, but straight Stairlifts cannot be used on curved staircases.

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