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Stair Lift.jpgWhat is a Stair Lift? 

A stair lift is a mechanical device that lifts people up and down stairs. A rail is attached to the stair treads for adequately wide steps. The rail is attached to a chair or a lifting platform. A passenger gets onto the chair or platform and is carried up or down the stairwell by the chair, which glides along the rail.

Stair lifts go by many names, including stair lifts, stair-lifts, chair lifts, stair gliders, and others.

They are now commonly used by the elderly, the disabled, and anyone who is unable to climb steps safely.

How many types of Stair Lift

Straight and curved stair elevators are the two most common varieties. For a single, straight flight of steps with no curves or landings, a straight stair lift is constructed. For stairs with a bend or curve, an intermediary landing, any change in direction or degree of slope, or where out-of-the-way parking at the top or bottom is preferred, a curved stair lift is built.

Straight stair lifts are standard equipment that requires little to no home customization. Most curved stair lifts are "built to measure." This implies that the manufacturer custom-builds the rail to match the curvature and size of your staircase. This ensures that the stairwell is properly fitted.

Stair lift rails are typically made of aluminum or steel and have a chain drive system that allows the chair to go up and down the stairwell via rack and pinion motion. The chair is powered by a battery system that is charged either through the rail or at charging stations located on the rail at the top and bottom landings. The elevator can be operated a few times even during a power outage thanks to the battery system.

How Do Stair Lifts Work?

Stair lifts make getting up and down the stairs safe and simple.

For seniors with limited mobility, a stair lift provides a safe and cheap way to get from one floor to the next. It is convenient and can help folks who have stopped using the stairs regain their freedom. We highlight some of the basic features and controls that enable the lift to operate and provide information about how they work to assist you to have a better understanding of how they work.

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Stair Lifts are Easy to Operate 

While there are some variances in the manufacturers and models of our lifts, they all have easy controls and reliable safety features. A simple switch regulates the movement of all stair lifts. When the rider pushes and holds the switch, the elevator glides up or down the stairwell. When the stairlift reaches the end of the track, the chair will beep once and stop automatically. The lift will start beeping and halt instantly if you release the switch at any point along the trip. A seat belt is standard on all of the stair lifts we sell and install.

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How to Get onto the Chair Safely

Getting into the stair lift chair is similar to sitting in any other chair, but there are a few things to keep in mind at the bottom and top landings to guarantee that you can sit comfortably.

Bottom Landing

Make sure the armrests and seat are folded and secured.

Make sure your hands can reach the armrests and the backs of your knees are touching the front of the seat before you sit down.

Fold the footrest down manually using your hand or foot once seated — If the user's mobility prohibits them from folding the footrest manually, a power folding footrest is recommended.

Top Landing

The armrests, seat, and footrest should be folded down 

Push the seat lever to swivel the chair 90 degrees so that it locks into place away from the stairs so that you can safely sit down

Fasten the seat belt and then swivel the seat back into place for your safe ride down

Stair lifts are attached to the stairwell rather than the wall:

A prevalent misconception among people considering a stair lift is that it will damage the wall. A stair lift, on the other hand, will not damage the walls because the rail is attached to the stair treads rather than the walls. The rail is held in place by support brackets that are fastened into place and spaced uniformly apart. The screws can go through the carpet as well as concrete, metal, and tile.

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What are the advantages and benefits of Stair Lift? 

  1. Safety

When it comes to stair lifts, the most important consideration is safety. A chair lift or stair lift can make it easier to climb the stairs, and safety is also crucial. Because most seniors and persons with mobility issues are most vulnerable when walking up or down the stairs, having a stair lift makes it easier for them to move up and down in a more comfortable manner without risking missing a step and falling down the stairwell. It's vital to remember that there are some rules to follow when using the chair lift, such as always wearing your safety belt.

2. Independence

One of the most essential advantages of using a stair lift is the independence it provides. Most seniors want to be able to walk around their homes as they like without bothering others or having to rely on a caregiver all of the time. Knowing that you may securely move up and down your stairs at the touch of a button provides much-needed peace of mind.

3. Cost-effective

Although it may not be taken seriously, a chair lift or stair lift can make climbing the stairs much easier. It is also less expensive than having to add more rooms downstairs or settling for a bungalow. Furthermore, installing a stair lift can be less expensive than going to a senior care center, which can be rather costly. Furthermore, because these items are available in a variety of sizes, forms, patterns, and prices, customers can choose the one that best suits their budget and preferences.

4. Flexibility

Stair lifts also have the advantage of being adaptable to different types of stairs. This is what allows customers to use stair lifts regardless of the type of stairs they have in their homes. Furthermore, stair lifts are equipped with remote controls that can be used to send the stair lift back upstairs when not in use. When the chairlift is not in use, the armrest can be folded back to make room down the stairs, which also helps to prevent obstruction.

5. Comfortable Ride

HONTY Stairlift Most people characterize the trip of a stair lift, particularly a HONTY stair lift, as "smooth and comfortable." Extra cushions are built into some elevators to guarantee comfort during each journey. The HONTY is known for being one of the greatest in terms of quality and comfort, with padded cushions on the back, seat, and armrests.

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How to choose a Stair Lift? 

5 Tips on How to Choose a Stair Lift

1. Know your stairs

If you know how to choose a Stair Lift is a single flight of straight stairs, you can use a straight stair lift. Any other configuration requires a curved stair lift. Some people install two straight stair lifts when there is an intermediate landing, and then they transfer from one unit to the next, but this is not a great solution since you risk falling during the transfer.

2. Consider important features

Stair lift with the seat swivel feature.

A seat swivel feature at the top and bottom of the stairs can be handy to have on a straight stair lift because getting on and off the stairs is done facing away from the stairs. Other features might also be on your list, such as an error code display to see any service issues.

3. Find the right fit

Get out your scales and measuring tape to see what chair will fit you best. Choose a stair lift with the appropriate weight capacity. Sit in a normal dining chair to see how much width you may need to fit comfortably on the seat, or look for a unit with an adjustable arm width to give you the room you need. You can also ensure you like the fit by trying chairs out at a store with a showroom.

4. Choose a reputable brand

Choosing a new stair lift from a national brand often means you will receive a parts warranty to cover any defects. Compare using our list. It may be possible to source a previously owned stair lift if you have a limited budget, but be sure to do your research on the unit or buy from a known reseller rather than an individual.

5. Consider your surroundings

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If your stair width is less than 600mm, it may be very difficult to install a stair lift because you may not have enough clearance for your knees. If you have a door at the top or bottom landing, you may want to consider a flip-up or zero clearance rail option that keeps the stair lift from intruding on the door area. Consider a curved stair lift to allow you to park the unit out the way or very close to the bottom of the stairs.

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You may also want to choose a curved stair lift if you want to “park” the unit around a corner at the top or the bottom of the stairs to give you free access to the stairs when the chair is not in use. Parking the lift away from the stairs also allows you to get on and off well away from the edge of the stairs.

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