A General Buyer’s Guide to Stairlifts
When it’s time to buy a chair lift for your stairs, you will probably start researching stairlifts trying to figure out which type is the best for your health needs. Will you be using a wheelchair in conjunction with your lift? How does the design of you home affect the type of chair you need to buy? What can you afford to pay and will you be able to receive any assistance when it comes to purchasing the chair? These are just some of the questions you need to ask yourself when looking at chairs.
There are authorised sellers of stairlifts, and they should be able to answer all of your questions. You may even be able to experience what it’s like to use a stairlift if you visit a showroom or retailer that offers the opportunity to try out a lift. To make sure you get all of your questions answered, write them down and bring them with you.
Types of Stairlifts
When purchasing a lift, you need to take into consideration the size you need, the style, and the track style. If your stairs are straight, you will need a straight track. If you have more than one flight of stairs, you will need a curved track. Most chairs are able to hold a considerable amount of weight, but if your doctor describes you as medically obese, you may need to shop around and see if there’s a suitable lift that will securely hold you when using the chair.
You may also want a moveable platform. Almost all stairlifts offer a swivel chair base that allows you to turn the chair, remove the safety rail or belt, and exit. With these chairs you exit right from the chair to the floor. This may not be a problem for some people, but if you have severely reduced mobility, you may need a foldable platform that extends from the bottom of the chair. This is helpful for people in wheelchairs or those who have trouble exiting directly from the chair to the floor.
Remote Access to the Chair
After you’ve found a comfortable chair design, you need to find out about the different access features of the chair. Some designs have buttons that attach to the wall near the chair, allowing you to move the chair between floors. If you rode it downstairs but your grand kids rode it upstairs and left it there, you can easily transport it downstairs using the wall button or switch. Some stairlifts even have remote controls, allowing you to transport the chair without having to wait at the bottom or top of the stairs. Once you pick out the perfect chair, you can start getting up and down with ease again.