Stair Lift Basics
What is a Stair Lift and how do they work?
A stair lift is designed to be a transport between one level of a home to another. They are a mechanical device with basic components consisting of a chair, carriage, computer and rail system but some lifts have many more features designed for comfort and safety. Stair lifts are often called by many names including a chair lift, stair chair, lift chair, stairlift, stair climber or stair glider. Stair lifts are primarily used by older adults to be a safe alternative to going up and down stairs on foot. They can also be used like an elevator to transport laundry or other heavier items up and down the stairs. Most homes will use a Straight Stair Lift but there are also custom Curved Stair Lift options available whenever the stairs have a landing or turn a corner.
A rack and pinion gear system moves the carriage which is mounted to the chair up or down the fixed rail which is usually attached directly to the stairs. A key component is the chair which has arm rests, seat belt and a footplate so the user can comfortably sit while riding. The rail is custom tailored to fit into each home and designed to be as low profile as can be. In Michigan, a stair lift must be installed by a State certified technician. Stair
lifts can be stored at the top or bottom of the stairs and may also be “folded” up when not in use.
Who needs a Stair Lift?
A stair lift should be considered for anyone who is having difficulty using their stairs. It is important to be proactive with safety issues rather than be reactive after an accident occurs. It is for this reason that a lot of seniors are thinking about putting in a stair lift that will enable them to stay in their homes long term. In fact, statistically 1 in 3 seniors will have a serious fall every year and since many falls occur using stairs this is a first step in making the home safer. When looking at the numbers, installing a stair lift may be a very good investment when compared to the costs of being forced to move.
Stair Lift Benefits
There are many benefits to owning a stair lift. Probably the number one benefit for most people is the peace of mind and feeling of independence. No one wants to rely on someone else to help them get up and down the stairs. In many situations a whole part of the home may become off limits to those having trouble with stairs and adding a stair lift gives them back access to the entire home. Another key benefit is obviously safety. It is easy to let your guard down and accidents happen so quickly, but if the stair lift is installed it is very easy to get in the habit and so much easier to ride up and down. How many people would take the stairs at the mall if an elevator or escalator are nearby? Let’s face it, it is a lot easier to just sit down and relax instead of going up and down stairs, especially as we get a little bit older.
- Limited Lifetime Warranty
- Attractive, Compact Design
- Comfortable Seat
- Power Swivel
- Remote Controls
- Dual Charging Stations
- Advanced Safety Features