Most stairlifts are fitted with batteries that are recharged from a charging point at either the bottom or the top of the stairs. This feature is important for ensuring that you don’t lose your mobility in the event of a power failure. It is important to note that the batteries will eventually need replacing but they should last at least 3-4 years.
Is a control unit that is situated away from the from the chair of the stairlift. They are usually situated either at the bottom or the top of the staircase so that the unit can be recalled or operated, to call the stairlift to either the bottom or the top of the staircase so that it can be used. Also, carers may use the device to operate the lift on behalf of the person they are caring for.
Stairlifts can be installed with a range of controls that are incorporated into the end of the arm rests of a stairlift. These may be chosen to suit the individual requirements of the user, as one switch may be easier to use if you have difficulty in using your hands than another.
These options include:
An elongated stick that allows the user to apply directional pressure either left or right which controls the seat to travel either up or down the stairs.
Similar to the standard joystick, but rather than applying directional pressure - the stairlift is controlled by pressing down on either side of the rocker switch (much like buttons).
A control designed to operate a stairlift with the greatest amount of ease and reduce the amount of stress on the user’s hand when operating the lift. This design is particularly useful for those with arthritis.
Height Adjustable Seat
All stairlifts will have a seat height which will need to be fitted perfectly to the user to ensure they can get in and out of the seat safely and effectively. You will therefore have to make sure the stairlift model suits your needs. Some stairlifts offer an adjustable seat height which is set by your engineer upon installation, to ensure the most comfortable seat height for you.
Some seated stairlifts have the option of a height adjustable backrest, which may be particularly useful if you are very tall and require extra support behind your back.
Most seats can swivel at the bottom or the top of the stairs, allowing the user greater access when trying to get on and off the seat. Customers will have the choice of a manual or powered swivel seat. A powered seat should be selected if the user will struggle to turn a manual seat themselves, by twisting their body in a similar fashion to turning an office chair. If this is an issue for you then a powered sat swivel will suit you best as the swivel will be motor operated by a switch or a joystick.
Usually the seat, armrests and footrest of a stairlift can be folded away when the lift is not in use. This allows for more room on the stairs when the stairlift is not in use whilst simultaneously reducing the likelihood of someone catching themselves when passing the unit. The folding feature of a stairlift can also be mechanised for those that lack the strength or ability to fold the parts of the stairlift themselves. For example, some people with reduced mobility may struggle to bend down and fold away the footrest effectively.
Almost all stairlifts have a safety belt in the form of a lap strap. Some manufacturers can provide a diagonal lap strap (much like a car seat belt) or a full body harness can be provided by some manufacturers.
On/Off Key Switch
The key switch is commonly located on the armrest or main body of the chair. This is a useful safety feature when young children are around and might try and operate the stairlift. When the key is removed the stairlift becomes completely immobilised.
A hinged rail means that the bottom section of the rail can fold up and out of the way to prevent obstruction being caused. This can be particularly useful if the bottom of the railing obstructs a doorway or causes a tripping hazard. It is important to consider whether a manual or motorised hinged rail is best for you given your mobility.
All stairlifts are fitted with an emergency stop button, located on both the unit itself as well as the remote control unit.
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