How To Use A Stairlift
The benefits of home stairlifts are well-documented; they make homes more accessible to those with reduced mobility, they provide the elderly with a safe solution to stairs, and they allow independent living in the property that you love. They are a lifestyle investment that solves a range of logistical problems, and once installed, they are very economical to run.
If you are considering installing a stairlift in your home, you’ll find everything you need to know about using it in this step-by-step guide.
Using A Stair Lift
Modern stairlifts feature advanced technology for smooth operation. You can operate them with just one hand, even if you suffer from rheumatoid or osteoarthritis, and glide up and down staircases with ease. Here’s how:
1.Take A Seat
Most home stairlifts feature automatic or lever-operated swivel seats to help you get on and off comfortably. To sit safely on the stair-lift, ensure that the armrests, seat and footrest are folded down and secured before sitting as you would on any chair.
For your comfort and safety, you should always fasten your seatbelt when using your stairlift. Some models have simple lap belts while others have harnesses for those who need more support.
3.Operate The Lift
Stair lifts have an ergonomic toggle located in the armrest for easy operation. Push the toggle in the required direction of travel and apply constant pressure to move smoothly up and down the staircase. If you remove your hand from the toggle, the stairlift will automatically stop. It will also stop if it senses any obstructions on the stairs.
4.Exit The Stairlift
Your stairlift will automatically stop once it reaches the top or bottom of the staircase. Remove your seatbelt and use the seat swivel function to exit safely.
5.Fold The Stairlift
Once you have reached your destination, stow the armrests, seat, and footrest so that the staircase is fully accessible to other family members.