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Stairlift Manufacturers

 

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Models of Stairlifts

 

Stair Lift Models

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 Summit Lifts Stairlifts Models
 ThyssenKrupp Access Stair Lifts Models
 TK Access Stair Lifts Models

 

Straight Stairlifts (A-H)

 

Acorn 120 Superglide Stairlift
Acorn 120 Superglide Sit or Stand Stairlift
Acorn 120 Superglide Perch or Stand Stairlift
Acorn 120 Superglide Outdoor Stairlift
AmeriGlide Platinum Horizon Stairlift
AmeriGlide Rave Stairlift
AmeriGlide Rubex Stairlift
AmeriGlide Ultra Stairlift
AmeriGlide Vesta Stairlift
Bison 80 Stairlift
Brooks Lincoln Stairlift
Bruno Elan Stairlift
Bruno Elite Stairlift
Bruno Outdoor Stairlift
Harmar Alpine II RP350 Stair Lift
Harmar Alpine II RP350S Stair Lift
Harmar Pinnacle SL600 Stair Lift
Harmar Pinnacle SL600HD Stair Lift
Harmar SL350OD Outdoor Stair Lift
Harmar Summit SL350AC Stair Lift
Harmar Summit SL350DC Stair Lift
Harmar Summit SL350OD Stair Lift
Harmar Summit SL500HD Stair Lift
Hawle Treppenlifte HW 20 Straight Stairlift

Straight Stairlifts (I-Sta)

 

Straight Stairlift Models
MediTek D160 Stairlift
MediTek E120 Stairlift
MediTek External Stairlift
MediTek Perch Stairlift
Minivator 1000 Stairlift
Minivator 1000 Outdoor Stairlift
Minivator 1000 Perch Stairlift
Minivator Simplicity Stairlift
Minivator Simplicity+ Plus Stairlift
Pinnacle SL600 Stair Lift
Pinnacle SL600HD Stair Lift
Platinum Horizon Stairlift
Savaria B.07 Stairlift
Savaria SL-1000 Stairlift
Stannah Outdoor Stairlift
Stannah Sadler Stairlift
Stannah Saxon Stairlift
Stannah Siena Stairlift
Stannah Sofia Stairlift
Stannah Solus Stairlift
Stannah Starla Stairlift

 

Straight Stairlifts  (Ste-Z)

 

Straight Rail Stair Lift Models
Sterling 1000 Outdoor Stairlift
Sterling 1000 Stairlift
Sterling 1000 Perch Stairlift
Sterling Simplicity Stairlift
Sterling Simplicity+ Plus Stairlift
Summit SL350AC Stairlift
Summit SL350DC Stairlift
Summit SL350OD Stairlift
Summit SL500HD Stairlift
Summit MAX Heavy Duty Stair Lift
ThyssenKrupp Flow II Stair Lift
ThyssenKrupp Levant Comfort Stair Lift
ThyssenKrupp Levant Stair Lift
TK Access Flow II Stair Lift
TK Access Levant Comfort Stair Lift
TK Access Levant Stair Lift

 

Curved Rail Stairlift


Acorn 80 Curved Stairlifts
Acorn 180 Curved Rail Stairlift
AmeriGlide Platinum Curved Stairlift
Bison 80 Curved Stairlift
Bruno Outdoor Elite Curve Stairlift
Bruno Elite Curve Stairlift
Freelilft Rembrandt Stairlift
Freelilft Van Gogh Stairlift
Freelilft Vermeer Stairlift
Harmar Helix II CSL500 Curved Stair Lift
Hawle Treppenlifte HW 10 Curved Stairlift
Hawle Treppenlifte Outdoor Curved Stairlift
Minivator 2000 Curved Stairlift
Minivator 2000 Perch Curved Stairlift
Platinum Curved Stairlift
Platinum Curve Heavy Duty Stairlift
Savaria Stairfriend Curved Stairlift
Stannah Sadler Curved Stairlift
Stannah Sarum Curved Stairlift
Stannah Siena Curved Stairlift
Stannah Sofia Curved Stairlift
Stannah Solus Curved Stairlift
Stannah Starla Curved Stairlift
Sterling 2000 Curved Stairlift
Sterling 2000 Perch Curved Stairlift
ThyssenKrupp Flow II Curved Stair Lift
TK Access Flow II Curved Stair Lift

 

Manufacturer Reviews


Acorn Stairlifts Review
Bison Bede Stairlifts Review
Brooks Stairlifts Review
Bruno Stairlifts Review
Freelift Stairlifts Review
Handicare Stairlifts Review
Harmar Stairlifts Review
Harmar Summit Stairlifts Review
Hawle Treppenlifte Stairlifts Review
MediTek Stairlifts Review
Minivator Stairlifts Review
Platinum Stairlifts Review
Savaria Stairlifts Review
Summit Stairlifts Review
Summit Lifts Stairway Stairlifts Review
Stannah Stairlifts Review
Sterling Stairlifts Review
ThyssenKrupp Access Stairlifts Review
TK Access Stairlifts Review


Features and Options

 

Features and Options

Automatic Speed Adjustment
Battery Powered

Controls - Stairlift Controls
Diagnostic Digital Display

Directional Switch Controls
Drive System Types
Dual Braking Systems
Fail-safe Overspeed Governor
Features of A Stairlift
Fold-up Slimline Design 

Hinged Rail
Key Lockable On/Off Switch

Limit Sensors
Modular Rail System
Options For A Stairlift
Padded Seat & Backrest
Perch Seat Stairlift
Rack And Pinion Drive
Remote Control (Infra-Red)
Ride Quality
Safety Cut-Off Sensors
Safety Seat Belt
Self-leveling System

Sit / Stand Stairlift
Soft Start / Stop Action
Stand Stairlift
Swivel Seat with Lock
Travel Speed
Travel Time
Weather Proof Stairlift

 

Classes of Stairlifts


Curved Rail Stairlifts
Straight Rail Stairlifts

 

Types of Stairlifts


Indoor Stairlifts
Outdoor Stairlifts

 

Styles of Stairlifts


Chair Lifts
Perch Seat Stairlift
Sit / Stand Stairlift
Wheelchair Stair Lifts

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Purchasing a Stairlift
 

Buyers Guide

 

Buying Online


New Stairlifts
Used Stairlifts

  A Good Used Stairlift
  Certified Pre-Owned Stairlifts
  
New Stairlift vs. a Used Stairlift
  Rebuilt Stairlifts

Cost and Price


Can I Obtain a Free Cost Estimate for a Stairlift Price?

Frequently Asked Questions


FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Glossary


Stairlift Glossary of Terms


Internet On-Line Purchase


Buying Online
Important Factors
Selling a Stairlift Online
Should I Buy A Stairlift On-Line?
Tips and Important Issues

What to Watch Out For

Installation


Certified Stairlift Installers
Fast Track Installation
Installation Time

Professional Installation
Safety Warning
  AEMA - Accessibility Equipment Manufacturer’s Association

  ASME - American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Self-Installation

Service

Benefits of Professional Service
Certified Stairlift Technicians

Self Service
Used Pre-Owned Stairlift


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Important Topics


Benefits of a Stairlift


Affordable and Cost Effective
Aid for Disabled Persons
Aid to Recover from Injury/Surgery
Comfort and Safety
Eliminate Fear of Falling
Freedom & Independence 
Peace of Mind
Perch Seat Benefit
Safety & Convenience

Solution for Climbing Stairs
Stay Active Outdoors


Who Uses a Stairlift?


Those Who Wish to Remain in Their Home
Those with Difficulty Climbing Stairs
Those with Sports Injury
Elderly People

How are Stairlifts Built?


Components of a Chair Lift
Major Assemblies
Chair Seat
Perch Seat
Carriage
Carriage Assembly
Carriage Assembly with DC Battery
Rail Track System
  Modular Rail System
  Fast Track Installation
 

How are Stairlifts Powered?


21st Century Battery Powered Stairlift
AC and DC Power
AC/DC What is the Difference?
DC Rechargeable Battery

Different Types of Drive Systems


Rack and Pinion
Winch Drum Cable Winding Machines
Polymer Worm Drive

Safety

Are Stairlifts Safe?
Arthritis Foundation Ease of Use Award
Bifocal & Trifocal Glasses Stairs Safety
Birth to Elderly Falling Safety
Caregivers and the Elderly
Child Safety on the Stairs
Children Stairlift Safety
Grandparents and Grandchildren
Is a Stairlift Safe?
Loss of Electrical Power
Power Generator
Pregnant Woman Safety
Safety and the Stairlift
Safety Codes and Standards
Safety Features
   Battery DC Power
   Dual Braking Systems
   Failsafe Overspeed Governor
   Key Lockable On-Off Switch
   Limit Sensors
   Safety Edge Cut Off Sensors
   Safety Seat Belts
   Slimline Design
   Swivel Seat Chair
   Simple Paddle Controls
   Smooth Start/Start
   Wireless Remote Control
Safety and the Stairlift
Safety Tips about Stairlifts

Safety Tips to Avoid Falling Down Stairs
Self-Installation of Stairlift
  Warnings from AEMA and ASME
Servicing
  Warnings and Precautions
Stairlift Maintenance
  Certified Technician
  Self Service
State and Local Jurisdiction Safety Codes
The Stairlift Safety Do-Not’s


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Advice


Advice from the Experts
Doctors’ Advice about Stairlifts

Awards


Arthritis Foundation

 

Care Givers


How Stairlifts Help Users and Care Givers

 

Ease Of Use


Is A Stairlift Easy To Use? 

 

Health Issues


Health Issues with Stairs

 

History of the Stairlift


First Stairlift Manufacturer
Modern Stairlifts
Stairlift History
The First Stairlift
Other Names of Stairlifts 

 

Research


Growth of the Stairlift Industry
Guide to Modern Stairlifts
Important Resources

 

Reviews


Stairlift Manufacturer Reviews
Stairlift Model Reviews 

 

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Important Questions


 

Affordable


Are Stairlifts Affordable?

 

Benefits of A Stairlift


Should I Move or Stay in My Home?
Will A Stairlift Help Me Regain My Independence?
Will A Stairlift Make Life Easier?
Will A Stairlift Make My Life Safer? 

 

Cost And Price


Can I Obtain a Free Estimate for a Stairlift Cost?

 

Comparison


Are All Stairlifts the Same?
Stairlift Manufacturers

 

Ease Of Use


Is A Stairlift Easy To Use?

 

Internet On-Line Purchase


Buying Online
Important Factors
Selling a Stairlift Online
Should I Buy A Stairlift On-Line On The Internet?
Tips and Important Issues
What to Watch Out For

 

Medicare


Does Medicare Cover the Cost for A Stairlift?

 

Rent or Lease


Can I Rent or Lease a Stairlift? 

 

Installation


Can I Self Install a Stairlift Myself?
How Long Does It Take To Install a Stairlift?
Self-Installation

 

Service


Can I Self Service a Stairlift?
What Are The Benefits of Professional Service?

Used Pre-Owned Stairlift
Can I Purchase A Used Pre-Owned Stairlift To Fit My Staircase?

 

Who


Who Can I Talk To For Stairlift Advice?
Who Makes The Best Stairlift?
Who Should Use A Stairlift?
Who Uses A Stairlift?
Who Will Service My Stairlift?

 

What


What Are The Benefits Of A Stairlift?
What Do I Look For In A Stairlift?
What Do I Need To Know About Stairlifts?
What Happens If There Is A Power Outage?
What Is A Stairlift?
What Is The Cost Benefit Of Owning A Stairlift?
What Kind Of Service Is Required To Maintain A Stairlift?
What Kind Of Warranty Comes With A Stairlift?
What Should I Be Cautious About Concerning A Stairlift?
What Types Of Stairlifts Are Available?

 

How


How Are Stairlifts Built?
How Are Stairlifts Powered?
How Do I Pay For A Stairlift?
How Do I Research A Stairlift?
How Do I Choose A Stairlift?
How Is A Stairlift Made?
How Should I Acquire A Stairlift?
How Stairlifts Help Users and Care Givers

 

Where


Where Can I Obtain a Cost Estimate For A Stairlift?
Where Should I Acquire A Stairlift?

 

When

When Should I Acquire a Stairlift?

 

Why

Why A Stairlift?

 

Which


Which Stairlift Is Best For My Use?

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Managing Arthritis to Optimize Your Quality of Life

Arthritis Prevalence:

 

Many of us live with arthritis. Around 50 million adults in the USA have the condition. The Arthritis Foundation states that more than 50 million adults have doctor diagnosed arthritis. Arthritis is the nation’s No.1 cause of disability.


Life Impact:


23 million people with arthritis are limited in their ability to do daily activities, such as standing, bending, walking and climbing stairs. Almost half of adults 65 years old or older have arthritis.


Multiple Illnesses:


Among adults with arthritis, nearly half (47 percent) have at least one other disease or condition.


  • 57 percent of adults with heart disease have arthritis.
  • 52 percent of adults with diabetes have arthritis.
  • 44 percent of adults with high blood pressure have arthritis.
  • 36 percent of adults who are obese have arthritis.

 

Ease-of-Use Commendation from the Arthritis Foundation


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Once your staircase has been surveyed, the surveyor will sit down with you and guide you through the different types of stairlifts Acorn can provide.

You will be given your own free, fixed written quotation, and you are under no obligation to purchase - it is then entirely your decision - in your own time - whether to buy or not.*

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King Henry VIII armorial during his later reign
King Henry VIII armorial during his later reign

The First Stairlift

 
One of the very first mentions of stairlifts in historical times was regarding King Henry VIII of the United Kingdom in the early 16th century! The 420 lb. King, injured through jousting, used a chair (chair lift) that was hauled up and down stairs on a block and tackle system by servants at the ancient Whitehall Palace in London. Described in royal records as 'a chair...that goeth up and down', the stairlift is thought to have been operational at Whitehall Palace in London where it would have hauled the King up a 20ft staircase. King Henry also had three 'amazingly luxurious thrones on wheels' (wheelchairs) which could transport him within his homes at Hampton Court, Greenwich and Whitehall Palace. With up to 150 years of lift manufacturer experience, today, world leading UK stairlift manufacturers are producing advanced technology stairlifts for home and commercial use in over 80 countries including the USA, South America, Europe and Asia. The stairlift industry has made wonderful strides forward in technology, manufacturing, stairlift safety, comfort, convenience, performance and ease of use with many manufacturers providing a free no-obligation complimentary home staircase stairs measurement and survey and consultation.

Modern Stairlifts

Modern Stairlift Features
Modern Stairlift Features
Stairlifts have been designed and manufactured for over 80 years and are safe and easy to use. A modern stair lift can be found with a wide variety of features such as a swivel seat with a safety locking catch to allow an easy and safe dismount, special safety sensors in the stairlift footrest and carriage prevent it from moving if an object is obstructing the path of the stairlift, a remote control stairlift call and send capability, a key lockable isolation switch for children or grandchildren safety, a slimline fold-up design ensures maximum access to the staircase, an overspeed governor to control the speed of the stair lift to prevent sudden or rapid descent, a dual braking system, a double safety electronic and mechanical system, a safety retractable seatbelt and a smooth start / stop action for a smooth soft start and smooth soft stop operation.
The Original Crispen Stairlift
The Original Crispen Stairlift

First Stairlift Manufacturer in America

 
In Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, the Inclinator Company of America was founded by C. C. Crispen. After a patent search and a few months, he conceptualized a folded chair bolted to a roller truck to run on a flanged raiI and narrow enough to take very little room upon the stairway. The truck would be raised by a cable-winding machine that could be placed in several alternate locations. In July of 1924 their first stairlift the "lnclinator." was sold in Pennsylvania. By the end of the year, six units were out in the field. The first big break came when the Philadelphia Electric Company (PEC) invited lnclinator to display the new product in its showroom and advertised it in the Philadelphia newspapers. The second substantial assist came when Westinghouse, learning of the PEC exhibit, and asked Crispen to install a stair unit that would lead to the second floor of their "Electric Home" on Atlantic City's Boardwalk.

Classes of Stairlifts

Straight Rail Stairlift and Curved Rail Stairlift

Left to Right: Straight Rail Stairlift and Curved Rail Stairlift
Left to Right: Straight Rail Stairlift and Curved Rail Stairlift
There are two different category classes of stairlifts; either 'Straight Rail Stairlift' or 'Curved Rail Stairlift', referring to the type of staircase stairs you can have in your home. If your staircase stairs path runs in a straight line up the stairs, you would need a ‘Straight’ rail type of stairlift, but if there are turns or bends in your stairs path then you would need a 'Curved' rail type of stairlift, a curved stairlift with a carriage that will run on curved rails (tracks) that follow the bends and curves of the staircase. Sometimes two straight rail stairlifts on a curved staircase may accomplish the installation at a lower cost; all depending on the configuration of the staircase and a recommendation of a survey & consultation stairlift installation expert. 

Straight Rail Stairlifts

Straight Rail Stairlift for a Straight Staircase
Straight Rail Stairlift for a Straight Staircase

Straight Stairlifts are the perfect solution for you if you have a staircase that goes directly up with no bends, corners, 90° right angles or 180° turns.

 

Straight stairlifts are a dependable, safe, reliable and stylish way of overcoming the problem of getting up and down stairs.

 

A home straight stairlift can only move in a straight line path on a stairway and cannot go round corners or curves.

 

Installing a straight stairlift can make your home more accessible and give you independence and freedom to move around your home once again without the worry of a staircase being dangerous.

 

For a straight staircase, a straight rail stairlift need only be fitted to the required length of staircase travel. Straight rail stairlifts can be held 'in stock' and therefore can be fitted within a day or two of an order. 

Curved Rail Stairlift for a Curved Staircase

Curved Rail Stairlifts

 

Custom made curved stairlifts are the perfect solution for you if your staircase has bends, corners, 90° right angles or 180° turns. 

 

Curved staircases are a stylish, elegant graceful and a significant part of any home, but don't allow them to compromise your independence. Curved stairlifts are very unique; a solution for more complex staircases and curved staircases are not identical. A custom made curved stairlift is the perfect solution, if your staircase has 90° right angles turns, 180° angles turns, bends, curves or corners.

 
Consequently, any stairlift to be installed on a curved staircase must be custom measured, designed, engineered and manufactured. A stairlift expert surveyor must measure the staircase.
 
For their custom design, curved stairlifts are usually more expensive than straight stairlifts. A curved stairlift cannot be price estimated without the taking of an on-site detailed set of staircase measurements. Some manufacturers offer a free no-obligation on-site survey and consultation. A proper assessment and measurements of the staircase and surrounding environment must be precise and thorough.
 
Since each staircase that has bends or curves is different in design from another, even if the houses are in the same street with "identical" stairs; if the dimensions of a staircase measurement varies by as little as 0.98 of an inch or 25mm then you can have potential problems. The curved stairlift has to be manufactured or modular fitted specifically for that staircase.
 
This can influence the cost when compared to a straight staircase, as the straight rail need only be fitted to the required length of staircase travel. Straight rail stairlifts can be held 'in stock' and therefore can be fitted within a day or two of an order, compared with a manufacturing time of several weeks or a month for a curved lift.
 
Some manufacturers have developed unique modular rail systems which enables reduced installation cost and time. If several weeks or a month for a curved lift installation is too long, the “modular” rail concept for an emergency or hurried installation requirement may be in order.
 
For a manufacturer this unique process allows the rail portion of the lift to be quickly assembled from stock components, enabling faster delivery and installation than other curved stairlift manufacturers on the market. This unique rail system means they will fit all types of staircases, and can be installed in a matter of days rather than weeks. Even the most complex staircase can be accommodated. And a slim, attractive rail attaches directly to your stairs (not the wall), so there's no damage to your home.

 

Due to the totally modular design of this Curved Stairlifts Modular Rail Design, it is possible to curve around at the top or bottom of the stairs and continue the lift down a hallway, allowing a shorter distance to walk from the chair area to a bedroom or bathroom.
 
Some worldwide stairlift manufacturers feature a comprehensive range of rail sections and other components, which allow the stairlift to be installed efficiently to almost any curved staircase.
 
One curved stairlifts manufacturer highlights a curved stairlifts FastTrack'  Fast Installation Delivery Process, a modular track rail reduced installation time process, which can complete a curved stairlift installation in a matter of hours or days from the time of the initial assessment of the home staircase.

The manufacturer features a comprehensive range of rail sections and other components which allow the stairlift to be installed efficiently and rapidly to almost any curved staircase. With an initial assessment of your home situation, skilled engineers can ensure a proper stairlift system installation tailored to fit your needs perfectly.

Acorn Stairlifts Complimentary Offer
Schedule a Free
'Survey Advisor Appointment'
and

Receive A Free  'Fixed Written Price Quotation'*

The Acorn Stairlifts Surveyor can accurately measure your stairs and assess your specific needs.

Once your staircase has been surveyed, the surveyor will sit down with you and guide you through the different types of stairlifts Acorn can provide.

You will be given your own free, fixed written quotation, and you are under no obligation to purchase - it is then entirely your decision - in your own time - whether to buy or not.*

Learn more:  Free Staircase Survey  and  Free Stairlift Price Quotation.

* In Acorn Stairlifts Service Areas Only

Types of Stairlifts

Indoor (Interior or Inside) Stairlift and Outdoor (Exterior or Outside) Stairlift

Indoor Interior Stairlift and Outdoor Exterior Stairlift
Indoor Interior Stairlift and Outdoor Exterior Stairlift
There are two different types of stairlifts; 'Indoor (Interior or Inside) Stairlift' and 'Outdoor (Exterior or Outside) Stairlift', referring to a stairlift installed either inside or outside your home.
 

Indoor and Outdoor Straight Rail

 
If your interior staircase stairs path runs in a straight line up the stairs, you would need an ‘Indoor Straight Rail’ stairlift. If your exterior staircase stairs or steps path runs in a straight line up the stairs, you would need an ‘Outdoor Straight Rail’ stairlift.
 

Indoor and Outdoor Curved Rail  

 
But if there are turns or bends in your stairs path, then you would need a 'Curved' rail stairlift, a curved stairlift with a carriage that will run on curved rails (tracks) that follow the bends and curves of the staircase.
 
If your indoor (interior) staircase stairs path runs in a curved line up the stairs, you would need an ‘Indoor Curved Rail’ stairlift. If your exterior (exterior) staircase stairs or steps path runs in a curved line up the stairs, you would need an ‘Outdoor Curved Rail’ stairlift.
 
Sometimes two straight rail stairlifts on a curved staircase or steps may accomplish the installation at a lower cost; all depending on the configuration of the staircase and a recommendation of a survey & consultation stairlift installation expert. 

Indoor Stairlift

Indoor Stairlift
Indoor Stairlift
The Indoor Stair Lift is a great solution when walking up and down your indoor stairs is no longer an option. Indoor stairlifts are designed for straight staircases and are designed with innovative, unique solutions for curved staircases.
 
Whatever the inside stairs might be preventing you from accessing safely; an Indoor Stairlift will give you full access to the home you love.
 
A Slimline Design allows for minimal obstruction on the stairs, allowing others to use the staircase freely when the stair lift is folded. The Slimline Fold-up Design stair lift will blend into your home, and the smooth start / stop action allows you to glide effortlessly up and down the stairs without any discomfort.
 
Safety is a chief concern. Stair lifts come with Safety Features to ensure that you are safe and comfortable. Years of research have gone into making Stairlifts one of the safest products available today. Most of all a stair lift can offer you ‘Peace of Mind’.
 
Due to unique modular Rail Systems, a Stair Lift can be assembled and installed quickly. As the old saying goes, placing an Indoor Stairlift in your home is as easy as 1-2-3.
 
A Free No-obligation Quote, survey & consultation is available from most manufacturers to discuss the benefits of a Stair lift, how it can improve the quality of your life and help you 'Regain Your Freedom and Independence'.

Outdoor Stairlift

Outdoor Stairlift Providing Access to the Garden

An outdoor stairlift is the perfect solution for you if you have a set of stairs or steps outside of your home that is causing you difficulty.

 
Leisurely visiting about in the garden is one of those passions people with extra time certainly love to do, but for disabled persons or seniors who really do wish to work in their garden, or have access to the garden or back yard; this desire may be out of the question due to stairs.
 
Whether going up to the main doorway or down to the garden, an outside stair lift is designed to take away barriers to enjoying the garden or other recreational pastimes. Lifts often add years of mobility for people wishing to age in place in their own home.
 
The challenge of outdoor steps can now be overcome. Get out and about whenever your heart desires. An outdoor stair lift can help you utilize the stairs outside your home with confidence and ease all year long. Outdoor stairlifts are designed to withstand the elements with manufacturers offering fully weatherproof and waterproof stairlifts.
 
If you have mobility impairments and live in a home with an outdoor entryway that is only accessible by exterior stairs from the sidewalk to the front door or you would like access or need or want to use your outside stairs; the outdoor stair lift is an ideal solution for situations involving any stairs or steps including back stairs, the back yard, basement, beach, cabin to the boathouse, deck, exterior entryway, front door stairs or stoop, garage, garden, lakeside dock stairs, outdoor porch or sun decks steps. The outdoor stair lift is very popular with those lucky enough to live in beach homes, as some stairlifts are well protected from the ravages of salt air.

Styles of Stairlifts

There are five different styles of stairlifts; a ‘Chair Lift’ (chairlift), ‘Sit or Stand Stairlift’, ‘Perch Seat Stairlift’, ‘Perch or Stand Stairlift’ and a ‘Wheelchair Stair Lift’.

Chair Lift

Chair Stairlift Providing Access to the Upper Level

Chair Lifts stairlifts are the most conventional style of stairlift for the home. The majority of users is capable of walking, but finds it difficult to climb or navigate the stairs.

 

Chair lifts allows you to rediscover your home; because you are no longer restricted to one floor level of your home.

 

Stair Lifts can allow elderly people and younger people with mobility problems to have a greater degree of independence and to stay in their own homes much longer; as they make it much easier for people to travel between the different levels of their home. 

 

Though once, it may well have been a chore to walk up or down stairs or to go to the bathroom or to go up to bed, life can be much easier and much more relaxing once a chair lift has been installed. Chair lifts are very comfortable to ride, easy to use and are reliable and versatile.
 
The user controls a directional paddle switch or control switch located on the armrests to easily operate and ride the stairlift up and down the stairs. The seat is wide and deep enough for the average person to sit in comfortably and the chair lift speed is set within safety standards. 

 

The chair lift fits on almost any staircase and can fit on the narrowest of staircases. The stair lift folds compactly to leave space for other staircase users and does not hinder normal stair use.
 
There are many chair lift options to adapt to suit your personal needs along with ease of use features, Stairlifts are also available in a range of colors to match your décor.

 

A remote control can ‘call’ or ‘send’ the lift from the top or bottom of the stairs to you or another person at the top or bottom of the staircase.
 
You must be able to sit safely on the seat during the journey and transfer on and off of the chair lift at the top and bottom of the stairs, sometimes with the assistance of a caregiver. A swivel seat and lift up armrests and footrest will help make getting onto and off of the chair seat much easier. fold-up design stairlifts have a fold-up seat, arm rests & footrest. When not in use, the seat, arms and footrest of the stairlift can be folded away to provide easy access to the stairway.

 

Walking sticks or canes may be carried on the stair lift, but if you use a larger walking aid frame, it is advisable to have two walking aid frames in the home, one to be used on the first floor at the bottom of the stairs and another at the top of the stairs. 

Sit or Stand Stairlift

Dual Purpose Multiuser Sit or Stand Stairlift

Dual Purpose Chair Sit or Stand Capability

 

Manufacturers Sit or Stand Stairlifts assist passengers to have the option of Sitting or Standing on a Stairlift. Dual Purpose stairlifts come in two forms a sit or stand stairlift and also a perch or stand stairlift .

 

Stand Stairlifts are for passengers that have restricted movement in the hip joints, knees or back and find sitting difficult or painful and prefer standing during the journey up and down the stairs. Passengers stand on a foot platform on the stairlift and hold onto a grab bar or wander lead while traveling on the stairlift.

 

A sit or stand stairlift is designed for multiple users in the home with different requirements; the Sit/Stand Stairlift allows one user to sit in the chair or the other user to stand while using the stairlift.

 
Sit or stand stair lifts are the perfect choice when one person is able to sit safely when using a stair lift; and the other has difficulty bending their knees.
 
With many of the same features and options as straight stair lifts, the sit or stand stair lift gives the user the option to either sit or stand in comfort and safety.
 
An Infra-red remote control can 'send' or 'call' the stairlift for another's use. The stairlift user can use the Stair lift, then the user using a Remote Control can send the stairlift back to the original location, up or down the stairs, for the second user to utilize the stairlift. A remote control can also be used by a care giver.

Perch or Stand Stairlift

Man 'Perching' on a Stairlift and a Man Standing on a Stairlift
Man 'Perching' on a Stairlift and a Man Standing on a Stairlift

Perch Stairlifts and Perch/Stand Stairlifts

 

A perch stairlift with a perch seat or standing stairlift assist passengers to sit on a perch seat or stand on the stairlift; passengers that have restricted movement in the hip joints, knees or back find sitting difficult or painful. 

 

If you have restricted movement in your knees, or your legs will not bend enough to allow you to sit down on a stairlift there are mobility solutions to help make it easier for you to get up and down the stairs, such as a perch seat which is available for both straight stairlifts and curved stairlifts. Perch seat stairlifts have a platform for the user to stand on and a small seat which the user can lean against as they travel up and downstairs.


The perch seat is placed above the stairlift carriage and is much smaller than those found on the standard chair seated versions of the straight stairlifts and curved stairlifts. The perch seat reduces the struggle of movement in and out of a chair when mounting and dismounting from the stairlift.
 

Perch seat stairlifts help passengers finding sitting challenging, difficult or painfult to sit. Perch stairlifts are very similar to standing stairlifts except that they provide a small amount of additional support, a perch seat for the user to "sit" in a standing position. The passenger is transported in a perching position, a position between sitting and standing.

 
The Perch Stairlift is also perfect for people who have narrow stairs. The perch model can include a comfortable grab rail for extra security, a guard rail, a single bar, or arms at either side of the seat to hold on to, or a wander lead control which can be positioned for maximum comfort and ease of operation, while the stairlift is in motion.

Perch Seat Stairlift 

Man 'Perching' While Traveling on a Perch Stairlift
Man 'Perching' While Traveling on a Perch Stairlift

Perch Seat Stairlifts are for people who have narrow stairs

Many older homes have very narrow staircases. This can be a huge setback if you need to install a stairlift. Fortunately, there are specific stairlifts available with features and options that enable a stairlift to be installed on narrow stairs.
A solution for staircases, which are too narrow for a traditional seated stairlift, may possibly be a perch stairlift. A perching seat position is a position between a sitting and standing position. A perch stairlift greatly reduces the minimum clearance width required for a conventional seated stairlift.
However, this type of stairlift requires the user to be able to remain safely perching for the amount of time it takes to complete the journey up or down the staircase. The user must also be able to dismount safely at the top landing or at the bottom of the stairs.
 

Perch Seat Stairlifts are for people who struggle bending their knees

A person, with problems with their knees, might be unable to comfortably bend their knees, in which case a sit-down stair chair is possibly inconvenient. A perch model Stairlift eliminates the need for the usual knee clearance expected of chair lifts on staircases.
If your budget or space constraints require a stairlift to be installed, then possibly the only option available to you is to have a perching seat stairlift.
  • Padded seat and backrest
    Ensures that the Perch Stairlift gives a comfortable ride.
  • Directional toggle switch
    Easy to operate, even by those with limited dexterity.
  • Safety belt and handrail
    Included for added security.
  • Folding arms and seat
    Slimline fold-away design allows easy access to the staircase.
  • Great for Narrow Stairs

Stand-Up Stairlift

Woman Traveling Downstairs on a Stand Stairlift
Woman Traveling Downstairs on a Stand Stairlift

Stand-up Stairlifts, the ideal solution for narrow stairs or trouble bending knees

 
Do you have a knee problem which prevents you from fully bending your legs? If so, a stand stairlift may be more comfortable.
 
Sometimes it is not feasible to use the standard stairlift. Possibly this is because the stairs are especially narrow, or because the user's legs will not bend enough to allow them to sit down on the stairlift.
 
Stand Stairlifts are available with most straight stairlifts ideal for when the user may have trouble sitting or bending at the knee and therefore cannot use a standard stairlift.
 
If more than one person needs the use of a stair lift, but have different requirements, then a multiple user sit or stand stairlift is the solution to your problems with the stairs.
 
The Stand Up Stairlift is ideal for people who have difficulty with their knee joints and want to avoid the hassle of sitting down for no longer than a couple of minutes.
 
Not only is the Stand Up Stairlift smooth and quiet, it has a safety barrier or grab bar and a safety belt for added piece of mind.
 
For users who are unable to bend their knees sufficiently to travel in a seated position, stand up stairlifts offer a clever solution: a lift that can be used standing up so you don’t have to bend your knees at all.
 
Stairlift manufacturers understand a lot of their customers suffer with illnesses and ailments, such as arthritis in the hips and knees, which will make sitting down and standing back up reasonably a difficulty, so the idea of a stairlift seems like something that is going to be challenging to use.
 
The stand stairlift is a new design in which the user is able to stand on the foot plate on the stairlift itself, eliminating the problem a lot of our users are faced with. So if you or your loved one has problems sitting or bending then a stand stairlift is the solution you’re looking for.
 
Manufacturers offer a stand model that has several features to make the ride as comfortable as possible. If you want extra peace of mind then the Stand Stairlift may be a wonderful solution. There are also Ease of Use features on stairlifts which have received the ease of use commendation from the Arthritis Foundation.

Wheelchair Stair Lifts

Wheelchair Stair Lift

Wheelchair Platform Stairlifts come under the general category of stairlifts but are usually of heavy duty design and construction more than a domestic stairlift. Most platform stairlifts are used in public access buildings or outside private homes.

 
A wheelchair platform stair lift is large enough to contain a wheelchair and its passenger, and may have closing edge flaps which will descend down and act as ramps to allow for differences in floor heights for entrance and exit. These edge flaps also stop the wheelchair from moving over the frame of the platform in travel.
 
Wheelchair stair lifts do require official jurisdiction clearance before they can be installed or put to use.

What are the Benefits of a Stairlift?

Comfort and Safety

Man Enjoying a Ride on a Chair Lift Stairlift
Man Enjoying a Ride on a Chair Lift Stairlift
Stair chair lifts can effortlessly take you up and down your staircase in comfort and safety. You can glide smoothly from one floor level to another, and you will realize how wonderful it is to have 'Peace of Mind' to enjoy your whole home again.
 
Not simply for the handicapped, stairlifts are a great solution for anyone who finds a bit of difficulty going up and down their stairs.
 

Affordable and Cost Effective 

 
A Stairlift Chair Lift is a very affordable and cost-effective complete home accessibility solution. Stairlifts are easy to use, and easy to maintain; and modern stairlifts display the very best in design, engineering, and safety features. Like many satisfied customers worldwide, you'll wonder why you hadn't chosen a stairlift earlier! Regain Your Independence and Freedom. 

Stay Active, Enjoy the Outdoors, Breathe in the Fresh Air, Work in the Garden  

Outdoor Stairlift | Man in Garden | Family Walking Outdoors
Outdoor Stairlift | Man in Garden | Family Walking Outdoors

Outdoor Stairlifts

 
The challenge of outdoor steps can now be overcome. Get out and about whenever your heart desires. An outdoor stair lift can help you utilize the stairs outside your home with confidence and ease all year long. Outdoor stairlifts are designed to withstand the elements with manufacturers offering fully weatherproof and waterproof stairlifts.
 
If you have mobility impairments and live in a home with an outdoor entryway that is only accessible by exterior stairs from the sidewalk to the front door or you would like access or need or want to use your outside stairs; the outdoor stair lift is an ideal solution for situations involving any staircase that is exposed to the elements
 
Stairlifts are designed for all access solutions including the back stairs, the back yard, basement, beach, cabin to the boathouse, deck, exterior entryway, front door stairs or stoop, garage, garden, lakeside dock stairs, outdoor porch or sun decks steps. The outdoor stair lift is very popular with those lucky enough to live in beach homes, as some stairlifts are well protected from the ravages of salt air.
 
Outdoor stairlifts are designed to overcome weather problems and are protected from the elements, so they can be used no matter what the weather. There are even waterproof covers to further protect the seat and chassis to keep it clean and dry from the rigors of the outdoors when not in use.
 
Outdoor stairlifts are specially designed by some manufactures with the same assurances of quality, safety and reliability as indoor stairlifts to work all year round. Outside stairlifts are an ideal solution for either a flight of outside stairs or for just a few steps leading down into to your garden.
 
Outdoor stairlift are capable of working come rain or shine to help you navigate the stairs outside your home and they offer unique mobility to extend your independence safely and securely outside your home. An outside stairlift can assist you with obstacles that prevent you from gaining access to and from your home.
 
Leisurely visiting about in the garden is one of those passions people with extra time certainly love to do, but for disabled persons or seniors who really do wish to work in their garden, or have access to the garden or back yard; this desire may be out of the question due to stairs.
 
Whether going up to the main doorway or down to the garden, an outside stair lift is designed to take away barriers to enjoying the garden or other recreational pastimes. Lifts often add years of mobility for people wishing to age in place in their own home.
 
Outdoor stairlifts come with chair seats, footrests or platforms and are sold and installed worldwide. They are comparable to indoor stairlifts but with improved waterproofing and weatherproofing.
 
Outdoor stair lifts are a perfect solution for difficulty with outdoor staircases and steps. If you have mobility impairments and live in a home with an outside entryway that is only accessible by stairs or steps an outdoor stairlift is a perfect, affordable solution to mobility issues with your outdoor stairs, making your life more enjoyable and your whole home accessible again.

Perch Seat (Perching) Stairlifts Benefits

Man on a Perch Seat Stairlift | Man with Knee Trouble
Man on a Perch Seat Stairlift | Man with Knee Trouble

If you have restricted movement in your knees, or your legs will not bend enough to allow you to sit down on a stairlift there are mobility solutions to help make it easier for you to get up and down the stairs, such as a perch seat which is available for both straight stairlifts and curved stairlifts. Perch seat stairlifts have a platform for the user to stand on and a small seat which the user can lean against as they travel up and downstairs.

 
The perch seat is placed above the stairlift carriage and is much smaller than those found on the standard chair seated versions of the straight stairlifts and curved stairlifts. The perch seat reduces the struggle of movement in and out of a chair when mounting and dismounting from the stairlift.
 
Perch seat stairlifts help passengers to sit on a perch seat on a stairlift; passengers that have restricted or limited movement in the hip joints or knees and find sitting challenging, difficult or painful. Perch stairlifts are very similar to standing stairlifts except that they provide a small amount of additional support, a perch seat for the user to "sit" in a standing position. The passenger is transported in a perching position, a position between sitting and standing.
 
The Perch Stairlift is also perfect for people who have narrow stairs or struggle bending their knees. With many of the same features and options as regular straight rail or curved stairlifts, the perch model can include a comfortable grab rail for extra security, a guard rail, a single bar, arms at either side of the seat to hold on to and a wander lead control, which can be positioned for maximum comfort and ease of operation, while the stairlift is in motion.
 
Comfort is always a concern of the stairlift industry. Improved and new developments have been made to make your ride even more comfortable. With fully height adjustable perch seating arrangements, a perching position on the new lifts offer the perfect solution for customers who have problems sitting or bending at the hips. Perch stairlifts can easily be operated by a remote control system, or alternatively with a grab bar or wander lead control which can be positioned for maximum comfort and ease of operation.
 
Your difficulties with going up and down stairs should not stop you from having an independent lifestyle. A perch stairlift is perfect for people who struggle bending their knees, when ascending or descending their stairs or they have narrow stairs on the staircase. The perch stair lift enables people who have problems with sitting down to have as comfortable a journey as possible up and down the stairs.
 
Perch Stairlift Features can include:
• Padded seat and backrest to ensure that the Perch stair lift gives the most comfortable ride available.
• Directional toggle switch easy to operate, even by those with limited dexterity.
• Safety belt and handrail included for added security.
• Folding arms and footrest slimline fold-away design allows easy access to the staircase.
• Fast stairlift installation that fixes easily to the staircase treads
• Lockable on/off switch that allows the user to prevent others from using the lift. (ex. Children)
• Diagnostic digital display informs the user of the status of the stair lift.
• Safety sensors on the footrest and carriage to stop the stair lift if an obstruction is encountered.
• Remote controls infra-red handsets which allow the user to call or send the stair lift up or down the staircase such as a TV remote. A remote control may be used by a care giver.
 

Benefits of a perch stairlift

 
Perch seats are appropriate for anyone who labors or struggles to get to a seated position. This can be due to any number of causes such as those who have difficulty bending their knees due to severe arthritis, hip problems or back problems.
 
Greater independence is achieved for the user to once again access all floors of the home instead of moving downstairs, or into a single story housing arrangement.
 
There are both curved stairlifts and straight stairlifts available with a perch seat. A perch seat affords a much more comfortable option than a seated stairlift as it allows a passenger to remain in an upright position on the short travel up and down stairs.
 
A perch seat can also be used by those homes which have very narrow stairs for example a town house. A perch seat will extend less into the staircase where the stair tread width may be specially reduced. Perch stairlifts are available with a foldaway footrest to maximize staircase space when it is not in use.

Stairlifts are a Solution to Eliminate the Fear of Falling

Left to Right: Woman with Arthritis | Man in Rehabilitation | Man Fallen with a Cane
Left to Right: Woman with Arthritis | Man in Rehabilitation | Man Fallen with a Cane

Fear of falling brings concern and anxiety for one's safety. Fear may be impacted by a real life experience of the traumatic event of a past fall. Therefore that fall can become associated with the future possibility of another fall. Dread or the anticipation of a fall can trigger panic and fright, elevating distressing emotions which then may cause an accident. Fear can hamper and impact a person's ability to function normally on a daily basis. Simple tasks such as standing, walking and climbing can be affected by apprehension of falling. Fear of falling can have a disturbing impact on every aspect of a person's lifestyle.

 

 

Stairlifts are a Solution for Climbing Stairs

 
Stairlifts assist people who have a fear of falling. Safety sensors, safety seat belts, soft start and soft stop technology and battery power for safety are included with most stair lifts. With a stairlift a user may sit back, relax and ride in comfort up and down the stairs. No more fear of falling! Stairlift Innovative Technology has helped thousands to overcome the fear of falling on stairs in their home.
Couple Enjoying 'Peace of Mind' with a Stairlift in Their Home.
Couple Enjoying 'Peace of Mind' with a Stairlift in Their Home.

A Stairlift is a Useful Addition for 'Peace of Mind'

 

A stair lift is a useful addition to many people's homes; providing easy access to the upstairs when the stairs themselves become too difficult to climb. A stairlift can be mounted on the staircase in a home, church or business; on which a disabled or elderly person sits to be carried upstairs and downstairs. The person on the chair or a sit or stand stairlift or a perch stairlift platform carriage is lifted up the staircase; as the carriage moves along the track rail. The user has a control paddle switch on the actual stairlift to operate the lift. The chair is attached to the carriage, a component which moves along the rail normally running on small diameter rollers. In most designs the carriage is power-driven along the inclined rail by a rack and pinion drive system, or is pulled and lowered by a cable system or chain system.

Stairlifts Aid the Disabled and Those Recovering from Injury or Surgery

Therapy After a Knee Injury | Man After Hip Surgery | Woman After Injury | Handicap Person
Therapy After a Knee Injury | Man After Hip Surgery | Woman After Injury | Handicap Person

Limitations Become a Concern

 
Those who are living with a permanent handicap, recovering from knee or hip surgery, disabled due to an accident, having difficulty with grip strength needed  to hold on to the stair railing, or who are experiencing a continuous decrease in mobility as they age are most likely facing a major challenge when it comes to climbing their stairs. It is a known fact that most falls occur in people over the age of 60. If you are unsteady on your feet, then a staircase becomes a dangerous situation.

Stairlift Benefits of Safety, Convenience, Freedom, Independence

Personal Safety Navigating the Stairs
Personal Safety Navigating the Stairs
  • Able to go upstairs to bed or to the bathroom just makes life easier
  • Access bedroom and bathroom on a regular basis throughout the day
  • Aids people with limited mobility
  • Avoid having to convert or remodel your home
  • Battery operation 
  • Can carry on living in my own home
  • Can open up the whole house to someone
  • Carries injured, elderly or disabled person from one floor to another
  • Comfortable sleep knowing there is no risk of trips and falls on stairs
  • Conserve your personal energy
  • Convenient access to all levels of the home
  • Do not have to negotiate any stairs
  • Do not need to be limited to only the downstairs
  • Do not need to move to a ground floor home
  • Don’t have to wait until there is someone to help you with the stairs
  • Eliminate enduring the pain of climbing stairs
  • Eliminates anxiety and fear of falling down stairs
  • Exterior stairlift for mobility access to the home
  • Exterior stairlifts avoid danger of wet and slippery conditions
  • Gives back independence and safely to access all rooms of the home
  • Greatly reduce risk of injury from walking up and down the stairs
  • Health condition mobility aid 
  • Helps to cut down on accidents on the stairway
  • I have 'Peace of mind' from falling down the stairs
  • Improve the negative impact on both physical and mental well-being
  • Improves disabled access in your home
  • Improve your independence 
  • It's safe and so easy to use
  • Keep your independence and freedom
  • Many gain a new lease on life and find new independence
  • More energy left over for other things now
  • My children are much happier now
  • My home is so much safer now
  • My family has piece of mind knowing their parents can go to bed safely at night
  • No falling down stairs
  • No need to remodel, build an extension or convert other rooms in the house
  • No need to risk hurting yourself by slipping on the stair treads or carpet
  • Once again can climb stairs but now in a comfortable seated position
  • Optimum personal safety
  • Outdoor stairlift can ensure enjoyment of the outdoors, garden and back yard
  • Peace of Mind  
  • Personal safety navigating the stairs
  • Physical Stress Mobility Solution 
  • Provides easy access to the top floors of your house
  • Reduces pain and difficulty climbing the stairs
  • Reduces stress of care giver & patient to help with mobility
  • Reduces the number of trips and falls on stairs often resulting in serious injury
  • Regain full use of your home 
  • Regain Independent living in your own home
  • Regain lost quality of life
  • Regain your freedom 
  • Remain in familiar surroundings
  • Remain in your own home - the home that you love
  • Rewarding to be able to provide a permanent solution for stairs difficulty
  • Safe use of the stairlift puts people's minds at rest
  • Safely access the bedroom at night not having to spend the night on the sofa or armchair
  • Saves having to crawl up and down the stairs on your hands and knees
  • Slim line design folding seat and footrest 
  • Stairlifts are a great health and safety device
Straight StairliftsStairlifts CurvedStairlifts Outdoor and a Handicap Lift can improve peoples lives. 

Who Uses a Stairlift?

Woman with Heart Condition | Man with Knee Injury | Woman with Walker | Man with Cane | Elderly Woman with Walker | Man with Back Trouble
Woman with Heart Condition | Man with Knee Injury | Woman with Walker | Man with Cane | Elderly Woman with Walker | Man with Back Trouble
Homeowners Who Choose to Remain in Their Home
Grandchildren Visiting Grandparents
Grandchildren Visiting Grandparents

Many homeowners, who wish to remain in their home, the home that they love, are choosing to install an affordable stairlift into their home for safety and independence, to again use the entire home, and to consequently save on not having to move home to a one story residence.

 
With the population aging, in some countries a larger percentage of residents are over the age of 65. Today assisted living and nursing and rehabilitation centers are getting overcrowded and many are understaffed. Subsequently, many residents are choosing home health care. Stairlifts can help the physical and mental health of users and caregivers. Stairlift technology has advanced the benefit for elderly family relatives and friends and younger adults with disabilities.

 

A stair lift is a chair that is connected to a track, which is bolt fastened onto the stair treads. Generally, no structural changes are necessary in order to implement and install a stair lift into the home.

Those with Difficulty Climbing Stairs

Woman With Arthritis Having Difficulty With Stairs
Woman with Arthritis Having Difficulty with Stairs
The stair lift and handicap lift industry recognizes the difficulties that reduced mobility can bring for you or your loved ones. Many injured, handicapped, senior, elderly and individuals in poor health have problems in climbing up and descending down stairs, with a possibility of falling down the steps. A stair lift in your home can help remove the danger.


A stair lift can also assist people who have a fear of falling on stairs and can help them to overcome the fear. A stair lift can aid people who have difficulty in climbing stairs with back pain, breathing disorders, knee, hip and back problems, leg, ankle and foot conditions and individuals with poor grip strength. A passenger can travel up and down the stairs smoothly, gliding from one floor to another, while helping to ease the pain, pressure or stress to the feet, legs, ankles, knees and body.

 

The majority of people who have a stairlift installed are able to walk, although they may use a walking aid to do so. Small walking aids, such as a crutch or walking stick, can easily be carried on the stair lift, however if a walking frame is used it will not be able to fit on the stairlift and so it may be best to have two walking frames - one at the top of the stairs and one at the bottom.
Those with a Sports Injury
Man with Knee Injury
Man with Knee Injury
ACL knee injuries or tears often happen during sports activities such as football, soccer and basketball. Any sudden movement or change in direction, twisting or over stretching of the knee as the foot is rigidly set on the floor may tear the ligament. Movements that initiate a forceful twist or a turn of the knee while placing the energy of your full weight on it can also advance to a torn meniscus, a cartilage tear in the knee which increases joint problems.
 
For the elderly, a degenerative condition of the knee may be a cause of a torn meniscus. Nearly half of those injured with an ACL knee tear will develop knee osteoarthritis even for some who have had ligament surgery.  
Elderly People
Elderly Man on a Stairlift
Elderly Man on a Stairlift

A stair lift is a common fixture in the homes of elderly people. It provides 'peace of mind' to the user and the care giver; that an injured, frail or elderly person will not fall down the stairs. The stair lift also relieves the concern of an elderly loved one when you cannot be there to help him or her with the staircase.

 
When the stairs become an obstacle for an injured or elderly person, a stair lift is an affordable alternative to moving to a one-story home or an assisted living center.
 
For a lot of elderly people, there are limitations in their muscle activity and body movement that may be caused by old age or impairment. These can include walking long distances, taking a bath, and climbing the stairs.
 
Fortunately, there are now assisted living aids that can help people maintain independence, stay safe at home, as well as manage their conditions better.
 
These assisted living aids include walking canes, oxygen bottles, and wheelchairs. Then, there is the Stairlift, which is a device that lifts persons up and down a staircase that have difficulty using the stairs.
 
Now, what makes a stair lift valuable?
 
  • A stairlift will give an individual the independence to use the upper level of the home
  • Ability to save considerable amounts of money in the long run
  • Elderly and seniors with disabilities can easily get to the second level of their homes
  • It boosts confidence with a restored advantage of freedom
  • It prevents accidents and injuries
  • It rules out the need to build an addition bedroom on the first floor of the home
  • Not feel helpless concerning the stairs
  • Restores certain tasks for individuals to do on their own
  • The elderly may avoid going to assisted living facilities
  • The probability of tumbles and falls can be eliminated and avoided

 

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How are Stairlifts Built?

Components of a 'Chair Lift' Stairlift

Chair Seat | Carriage | Track Rail | Complete Stairlift

The most popular stairlifts are chair lifts stairlift systems. A Chair Seat is secured to a Carriage. The Chair Seat and Carriage are mounted onto a Rail Track. The Stairlift drive system (either a rack and pinion or cable/chain drive system) runs the passenger carriage up and down the rail (track) system. Stairlifts are electrically powered - either directly from the domestic electric supply or by a battery power system that is re-charged by the domestic electric supply.


There are stairlifts available for both curved and straight staircases. Straight rail stairlifts are more affordable than curved ones. Curved rail stairlifts are custom made to fit the staircase and cost roughly twice as much as straight stairlifts.
 
Straight Rail Stairlifts can usually be installed in a day when necessary. However, not all staircases run straight from top to bottom - many staircases have bends in them. In those circumstances, the stairlift needs to run on a rail that is specially designed and built to fit the precise measurements of the individual staircase. As a result this custom rail takes longer to manufacture than a standard one, sometimes up to four to six weeks.
 
One manufacturer has now reduced the delivery time from weeks to hours using a modular rail system innovation it calls Fast Track Stairlift Installation. Now the manufacturer builds the custom rails at the customer's house from a number of straight, curved and angled pieces, rather than in the factory. This means a quicker and more efficient service which is a key requirement of many of its customers.

A Stairlift is Made Up of Several Major Assemblies

Chair, Carriage, Foot Rest and Rail
A Chair Seat or Perch Seat,  a Carriage with a drive or cable/chain system, a Foot Rest or Stand Platform and a Rail Track System.
 
A Chair Seat or Perch Seat System, is fixed to the carriage containing a drive system, rack and pinion or cable, which runs the passenger carriage up and down the Rail Track System.
 
 

Special Note:

No two different manufacturer stairlift models are designed and built alike. Please verify with the manufacturer that ALL of the Safety, Convenience and Comfort features listed below may or may not be installed or included on your Chair, Carriage and Rail System stairlift purchase. 

Chair Seat

Chair Seat
  • Padded seat and backrest
    Ensures that the Stairlift gives the most comfortable ride available.
  • Directional paddle switches
    Easy to operate, even by those with limited dexterity.
  • Safety belt
    Included for added security.
  • Folding arms and seat
    Slimline fold-away design allows easy access to the staircase.
  • Lockable swivel seat
    Allows the user to safely board and leave the lift without the need for twisting the body.

Perch Seat

Perch Seat
  • Padded seat and backrest
    Ensures that the Perch Stairlift gives a comfortable ride.
  • Directional toggle switch
    Easy to operate, even by those with limited dexterity.
  • Safety belt and handrail
    Included for added security.
  • Folding arms and seat
    Slimline fold-away design allows easy access to the staircase.
  • Great for Narrow Stairs

Carriage

Carriage on a Rail
  • DC (battery) power
    This means that the stairlift does not trail an electrical cable behind it, but is self-powered. The battery charges when the stairlift is at rest and a fully charged battery will power 15-20 trips up and down the stairs, even in a power outage.
  • Diagnostic digital display
    Informs the user of the status of the stairlift.
  • Dual electronic and mechanical braking systems
    Double safety systems mean that the stairlift is unable to descend unexpectedly or at speed.
  • Folding footrest
    Slimline fold-away design allows easy access to the staircase.
  • Lockable on/off switch
    Allows the user to prevent others from using the lift such as children or grandchildren.
  • Overspeed governor
    Controls the speed of the stairlift to prevent sudden or rapid descent.
  • Rack and pinion drive
    The track uses this secure rail structure to provide smooth and stable movement up and down the stairs.
  • Remote controls
    Handsets supplied, which allow the user to 'call' or 'send' the stairlift up and down the staircase.
  • Safety sensors
    Safety sensors on the footrest and carriage stop the lift if an obstruction is encountered.

Carriage Assembly

The carriage is the foundation of the stairlift which drives the chair stairlift seat up and down the stairs and can include a rack and pinion drive motor, DC battery housing, digital diagnostic status display, audible alert system, folding foot rest, standing or perch platform, safety key lock, safety on/off switch, remote control capability, safety edges and a folding swivel seat with limited dexterity dual hand controls.
 

Carriages travel on rollers running on the rail track to enable the carriage to travel straight and sustain accurate interlocking of the drive gear into the rail gear rack. Quality stairlifts usually have multiple rollers for a smoother ride. In most modern designs the carriage is driven along the inclined rail by a rack and pinion system while earlier stairlifts are pulled by a cable or chain, or by another drive arrangement.

Carriage Assemby with DC Battery Power Motor and Gearbox

Carriage Assembly with DC Battery Power Motor and Gearbox of the Stairlift
Carriage Assembly with DC Battery Power Motor and Gearbox of the Stairlift
Some stair lift manufacturers have designed and manufactured new stairlift technology to ensure control over their quality. One manufacturer, to excel to the forefront of the stairlift industry with new engineering strides, pioneered DC (direct current battery power) technology in the stairlift industry.
 
This was chosen due to the inherent advantages of safety, smooth power delivery and the ability to operate normally during a mains power failure. Interestingly, all of its competitors have followed this lead and now offer a DC product, or have DC powered appliances under development. Such are the advantages of this technology!
 
In order to achieve the required speed and torque characteristics for stairlift applications, gearboxes are often fitted to custom motors. To meet the space and performance requirements for Stairlift manufacturers, special design & inspiration teams develop new DC motors and gearboxes, incorporating Rare earth (NdFeB) magnet technology to achieve motor length reduction and weight reduction.

Chair Seat Positions

The standard arrangement for a modern classic home stairlift is to have the chair seat positioned at a 90 degree right angle to the rail track so the passenger user travels "sidesaddle".Most home stairlift carriages have a folding seat with folding arms and a folding footrest. Some stairlift models have a ‘perch’ seat or stand-on platform.
 
A swivel seat enables the seat located on the top half of the stairlift carriage, where the passenger sits, to be rotated away from the staircase so that the user is facing another direction. At the top of the staircase steps the seat can be swiveled generally 45 degrees or 90 degrees away from the stairs and then locked in place for safety and ease of comfort, to allow the user to dismount from the stairlift onto a landing.
 
Stairlifts are available with either a manual swivel or a powered swivel, depending on the user’s capability. The majority of better stairlifts have swivel seats with a safety switch so the stairlift won’t move unless the seat is locked into its travel position.
 
Powered or manual swivel seats are designed to make getting on and off the stairlift easy and safe; their main use is usually at the very top of the stairs for direct access to the landing area. Manual swivel seats are usually the standard feature or option on most current stairlift models. Powered swivel seats are usually an upgraded feature.

Rail Track System

Curved Rail Modular Track System
  • Modular Rail System
    Enables reduced installation time

 

One manufacturer invented the “modular” rail concept, built up from straight rail sections and a suite of standard bend sections. This unique process allows the rail portion of the lift to be quickly assembled from stock components, enabling faster delivery and installation than any other curved stairlift on the market. The manufacturer states that a curved rail stairlift installation can take only days instead of up to four to six weeks with its Fast Track Stairlift Installation.

Other Alternate Names of Stairlifts

Left to Right:  Chair Curved Rail Stair Lift      |     Chair Straight Rail Stair Lift     |     Sit/Stand Stairlift     |     Perch/Stand Stairlift     |     Outdoor Stairlift
Left to Right: Chair Curved Rail Stair Lift | Chair Straight Rail Stair Lift | Sit/Stand Stairlift | Perch/Stand Stairlift | Outdoor Stairlift

A stair lift is a moving mobility stair chair or platform for stairway access to travel to different levels of a home and is sometimes called an automatic chair, automatic stair lift, stair-lift, chair lift, curved rail stairlift, disabled lift, elderly lift, handicap lift, home stair lift, inclinator, outdoor stairlift lift, perch stairlift lift, ramp lift, seat lift, stair chair, stair elevator, stair glide, stairlift, stair rider, stair stepper, stair climber, stair elevator, staircase lift, stairway chair lift, stairway lift, stair chair, stair climber, stair elevator, stair glider, stair glide, staircase chair lift, stairlift, stairs chair lift, stairway chair lift, standing lift, straight rail stairlift, super glide and wheelchair lift.

 

Most carriages have a chair seat with folding arms and a folding footrest for space saving purposes; so that others in the household can easily use the stairs as normal. Other than the characteristic interior straight rail stairlift some special stairlift models have a stand-on platform, a multiple use sit or stand stairlift, a 'stand stairlift' or a “perching” seat stairlift, also known as a "perch" seat stairlift, outdoor stairlift and curved rail stairlift for curved staircases.

How are Stairlifts Powered?

AC and DC Power

AC Alternating Current Power
Earlier AC Electric designed stairlifts run off the Mains electricity power supply and require a higher voltage trailing cable to power and drive the stairlift motor. Many designs have been employed by stairlift manufacturers in the way this is accomplished.
 
The original stairlifts typically had AC (alternating current) drive motors which operated at full mains house voltage about 110 volts in the USA and 230 volts in Europe. A “power cable “passes beside or through the track rail to carry the electrical power from the supply point to the carriage. 
 
 

AC/DC what is the Difference?

 
In 1887 direct current (DC) power was king. At that time there were 121 Edison power stations scattered across the United States delivering DC electricity to its customers. But DC power had a great limitation -- namely, that power plants could only send DC electricity about a mile before the electricity began to lose power. So when George Westinghouse introduced his system based on high-voltage alternating current (AC), which could carry electricity hundreds of miles with little loss of power, people naturally took notice. A "battle of the currents" ensued. In the end, Westinghouse's AC alternating current prevailed. Alternating Current (AC) is the form in which electric power is delivered to businesses and residences. The AC power system used today developed rapidly after 1886, during the latter part of the 19th and early 20th century.
DC Direct Current Battery Power

The 21st Century DC Battery Powered Stairlift

 

Today, in the 21st century, the direct current (DC) storage battery is a dominant  factor,  which is now used extensively in a host of personal, residential and commercial applications such as the modern DC battery power, battery powered stairlift, cell phone, iPod, computer and tablet, smoke detector, electric razor, power drill, mp3 player, thermostat, laptop or smartphone. These products plug in to an AC outlet, and yet its technology relies mainly on direct current (DC) battery power.

 

Direct current (DC) is the unidirectional flow of electric charge produced by sources such as batteries or solar cells while Alternating Current (AC) is the form in which electric power is delivered to businesses and residences.

 
Thomas Edison, world’s greatest inventor, was entirely self-taught. Everything he knew about science he had learned from books and by tinkering with chemicals and telegraph equipment. Edison engages in a "war of the currents" with George Westinghouse as he challenges the safety of the new alternating-current (AC) electric systems with evidence conducted at his laboratory.
 
In 1909 Edison markets his direct current (DC) alkaline storage battery, which is now used extensively in a host of personal, residential and commercial applications.
Rechargeable Sealed DC Stairlift Battery

A Stairlift DC Rechargeable Battery

 
The original stairlifts typically had AC (alternating current) drive motors which operated at full mains house voltage about 110 volts in the USA and 230 volts in Europe. A “power cable “passes beside or through the track rail to carry the electrical power from the supply point to the carriage.
 
Earlier AC Electric designed stairlifts run off the Mains power supply and requires a higher voltage trailing cable to power and drive the stairlift motor. Many designs have been employed by stairlift manufacturers in the way this is accomplished.
 
Increasingly today, modern home stairlifts are power-driven from rechargeable sealed batteries housed inside the carriage to refresh the capacity of electric power required and use DC battery (direct current). A battery power DC stairlift will safely continue operating in an electrical home power outage, provided the batteries are fully charged and will generally power 15-20 trips (30-40 roundtrips) up and down the stairs.
Stairlift Parked and Recharging Battery

A Stairlift Parked in a Battery Rechargeable Location

 
Generally stairlifts include a 'battery rechargeable location' where the stairlift will 'park' to charge its batteries, usually at the top or bottom of the staircase. Some stairlifts have the ability to continuously charge no matter where they are left along the track. With the majority of DC battery power stairlift models the batteries are housed within the moving carriage. This means that a DC battery stair lifts does not trail an electrical AC alternating current cable behind it, but is self-powered. The battery charges when the stair lift is at rest and a fully charged battery will generally power 15-20 trips (30-40 roundtrips) up and down the stairs.

What are the Different Types of Drive Systems?

Many different drive systems have been used for stairlifts over the years including chain drives, winch drum cable winding machine drives, worm drives and rack and pinion drives. However, the majority of today’s stair lifts use a battery power (battery powered) rack & pinion drive system.

Stairlift Rack and Pinion Drive System

Rack and Pinion

 

The majority of today’s stair lift manufacturers, world-wide build a modern state-of-the-art Rack and Pinion Drive System with battery power, which has proven itself to be quiet, reliable and with low maintenance. A drive system which will safely operate a stairlift even during a power outage.

 

A rack and pinion stairlift is a motor-powered lifting device. The rack and pinion gear system is used to convert the rotation into linear motion moving the stairlift up and down the stairs. A passenger is moved on a carriage attached to an inclined rail track.

 

Advanced stairlift technology and innovation has made strides in rail track design with rigid Aluminum Extruded Rail Track (with a Steel Rack attached) fitted between different floor levels in a home or commercial business.

Winch Drum Cable Winding Machines

Winch Drum Cable Winding Machine
Winch Drum Cable Winding Machine
In July of 1924, the first stairlift built in America was the "lnclinator." A chair bolted to a roller truck to be raised by a cable-winding machine to run on a flanged raiI and narrow enough to take very little room upon the stairway.
 
A winch is a mechanical device that is used to pull in (wind up) or let out (wind out) or otherwise adjust the "tension" of a rope or wire rope (also called "cable" or "wire cable").
 
A drum winch is a mechanism that winds wire around a drum while keeping a steady tension on it. A stairlift winch is a type of equipment that is powerful enough to lower and draw or pull a passenger and a chair chassis on an inclined track, up and down a staircase.

Helical Polymer Plastic Worm Drive Gear System and Rack

Some stairlift manufacturer worm racks may be made from structural nylon6/6, and the worm may be made with spiral threads of NYLATRON or NYLUBE, which are oil and wax impregnated plastics.
 
A possible disadvantage of using plastic for the load bearing elements of the drive train in the present invention is that such a material can deform under load. If the material deforms too much, the spacing between the teeth is compromised and so the distribution of loads over many teeth as is desired to prevent undue stress in any one tooth is also compromised.
 
Therefore the present further comprehends molding the track in the form of short track sections and using a reinforcement in each track section to prevent undue deformation. the reinforcing element can take the form of a metal insert, which fits into an opening molded into the track section at the time track section is formed.
 
The reinforcing element can be made from any suitable rigid material and reasonable results have been obtained with steel inserts. Although the reinforcing element could extend the full length of the track section, in the preferred form plastic end sections are provided between adjacent track sections. This permits a certain amount of deformation to occur on the pre-loading of a track formed from a plurality of track sections, which adds to the dimensional stability of the track under load.
 
Although other forms of reinforced plastic may also be used, the ones having the reinforcement dispersed within the plastic such a fiber reinforced plastic are less preferred. A problem with such materials is that the reinforcing fibers create too much wear on the drive gear.
 
The present invention comprehends separate track and plastic rail elements which are joined together. It may be preferred to have the teeth formed separately, so individual teeth can be replaced in the event they become worn or the like over time.   
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Controls

Special Note:

No two different manufacturer stairlift models are designed and built alike. Please verify with the manufacturer that ALL of the Safety, Convenience and Comfort features listed below may or may not be installed or included on your Chair, Carriage and Rail System stairlift purchase.

Diagnostic Digital Display

Diagnostic digital display

Mounted on the carriage of the stair lift is a Digital Display which shows clearly when the lift is in the normal operating position. Also it provides invaluable diagnostic information in the unlikely event of a fault with your stairlift.

 
Stairlifts with a Diagnostic Digital Display can detect any rare faults with a stair lift which are then displayed digitally as a number or letter, providing clear and simple status information for users and engineers.

Directional 'Paddle' Switch Controls

Directional 'Paddle' switch control
Directional 'Paddle' switch control

A simple Paddle Switch operates the up and down motion of the stairlift; a switch which is located on an arm of the chair. Stairlifts are mainly operated using a control switch. This is either a joy stick, paddle switch or a toggle type lever. A larger paddle switch enables users even with limited dexterity and mobility or with a painful condition to use stairlifts safely and easily.

 

On stairlifts, for Ease of Use for people who have Arthritis, the up and down motion of the stair lift can be operated by either hand with simple dual paddle switchs located on both arms of the chair seat.

 

Dual Electronic and Mechanical Braking Systems (Essential)

Dual Electronic and Mecanical Braking Systems

Advanced modern stairlifts are fitted with two independent safety systems, a double safety Dual Braking System Electronic and Mechanical which means that the stairlift is unable to descend unexpectedly or at speed. This is an essential safety feature that is imperative to have on your stairlift.

Infra-red Remote Control

Infra-red Remote Control
Infra-red Remote Control
Infra-red Remote Control electronic devices are used to 'called' or 'sent' a stairlift up or down the stairs by using a remote control similar to a TV remote control.
 
The stairlift user can use the Stair lift, then the user using a  Remote Control can send the stairlift back to the original location, up or down the stairs, for the second user to utilize the stairlift. The remote control can also be used by a care giver. A Remote Control can be used for Straight Stairlifts, Curved Stairlifts, a  Dual Purpose Sit or Stand Stairlift, a Perch Stairlift and an Outdoor Stairlift

Lockable Isolation On/Off Key Switch

Stairlift Lockable Isolation Switch Key

 

A stairlift may be locked with a Lockable Isolation Switch Key so that others and children and grandchildren cannot use it. The stair lift continues to charge when locked. The key can also be removed to prevent any unauthorized use. The stairlift cannot be operated unless the key is inserted and turned to the operating position.

Overspeed Governor (Essential)

Overspeed Governor Prevents Sudden Descent

Not all stairlifts have an essential safety feature called Overspeed Governor. This advanced feature controls the speed of the stair lift to prevent sudden or rapid descent. A stairlift fitted with an overspeed governor (OSG) and gear safety device will lock the lift to the rail in the event of a mechanical failure or excessive speed. If a stair lift does not have an overspeed governor - the stair lift is not protected from an uncontrolled descent, if a major drive system failure should occur. In this case, the stair lift could plummet to the foot of the stairway, with terrible consequences. Many leading manufacturers believe an internal overspeed governor (OSG) should be standard equipment on a stairlift. This feature immediately stops the unit in the unlikely event of an overspeed uncontrolled descent and is a stairlift safety equipment vital feature.

Pressure Sensitive Safety Cut-off Sensor Surfaces

Safety Sensors on Foot Rest and Carriage

Special Safety Sensors on a stair lift carriage and footrest will stop the stair lift and prevent the stair lift from moving if an object obstructs the stair lifts passage. Once the object is removed the stair lift will proceed as usual. If there is an obstruction on the stairs, a stair lifts will detect it with at least one of the up to five pressure sensitive surfaces situated around the stair lift. If an obstruction is detected, the stairlift will cease movement so you can move the obstruction. Sensors may be located around the footrest, and on the top and bottom of the carriage.

Self-leveling and Automatic Speed Adjustment Transport System

Curved Stairlift with Speed Adjustment

A unique self-leveling transport system moves the carriage along a single low profile rail and automatically adjusts the speed and level of the seat on cornering, providing a safe and an exceptionally smooth ride. An Electronic programming system ensures excellent operational performance.

 

Curved rail stairlifts can have more complex controls than those with straight rails. Some stairlifts have automatic speed adjustment control to ensure optimum performance. The chair of a curved rail stairlift may have to be slanted so it remains horizontal while going around curves and navigates different angles of the stairs incline.

 
Also, the carriage assembly may be slowed down on curves and bends of the staircase and may travel faster on straight runs. This means a more multifaceted control system is vital.
 
Modern stairlift controls have small microprocessors which study the attributes of the ride and keep the information in retention. These microprocessors also log the number of journeys and direction. This information assists service engineers on maintenance calls.
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Features and Options 

Special Note:

No two different manufacturer stairlift models are designed and built alike. Please verify with the manufacturer that ALL of the Safety, Convenience and Comfort features listed below may or may not be installed or included on your Chair, Carriage and Rail System stairlift purchase.

Battery Powered DC (Direct Current)

Battery DC (Direct Current)
Battery DC (Direct Current)

Battery power provides uninterrupted operation even during a power outage. With DC (battery) power, the stairlift does not trail an electrical cable behind it, but is self-powered. The battery charges when the stairlift is at rest and a fully charged battery will power up to 15-20 trips up and down the stairs.

 

  • Advantage of Battery Power for safety
  • Available for straight and curved stairlifts
  • Battery charges only when needed
  • Battery charges when the stairlift is at rest
  • Fully rechargeable battery
  • Near silent operation
  • No higher voltage trailing cables on the stairlift
  • No mains voltage on the stairlift
  • Not constantly using power
  • Powers up to 15-20 trips up and down the stairs
  • Smooth power delivery
  • Soft start / soft stop smooth ride
  • Stairlift is power efficient
  • Stairlift is self-powered
  • Works during an electricity power failure

Diagnostic Digital Display

Diagnostic digital display

Mounted on the carriage of the stair lift is a Digital Display which shows clearly when the lift is in the normal operating position. Also it provides invaluable diagnostic information in the unlikely event of a fault with your stairlift.

 
Stairlifts with a Diagnostic Digital Display can detect any rare faults with a stair lift which are then displayed digitally as a number or letter, providing clear and simple status information for users and engineers.

Directional 'Paddle' Switch Controls

Directional 'Paddle' switch control
Directional 'Paddle' switch control

A simple directional Paddle Switch operates the up and down motion of the stairlift; a switch which is located on an arm of the chair. Stairlifts are mainly operated using a control switch. This is either a joy stick, paddle switch or a toggle type lever. A larger paddle switch enables users even with limited dexterity and mobility or with a painful condition to use stairlifts safely and easily.

 

On stairlifts, for Ease of Use for people who have Arthritis, the up and down motion of the stair lift can be operated by either hand with simple dual paddle switchs located on both arms of the chair seat.

 

Dual Mechanical and Electronic Braking Systems (Essential)

Dual Electronic and Mecanical Braking Systems

Dynamic motor braking through the motor controller, self locking gear box, electro-mechanical motor brake and overspeed brake protection. The Dual Braking Fail-Safe System eliminates any possibility of an uncontrolled descent. This gives you complete peace of mind when using a stairlift.

 
Advanced modern stairlifts are fitted with two independent safety systems, a double safety Dual Braking System Electronic and Mechanical which means that the stairlift is unable to descend unexpectedly or at speed. This is an essential safety feature that is imperative to have on your stairlift.
 
Added security and safety comes with an Overspeed Governor (OSG) built into the chassis of a stairlift. Should the OSG mechanism sense any over-speed, the centrifugal force causes the over speed governor cams to fly out and in turn release the safety gear jaw which rapidly clamps to the stairlift rail and disengages the motor drive power bringing the stairlift to an immediate safe stop.

Fold-up Slimline Design

Fold-up Design Curved and Straight Stairlift
Fold-up Design Curved and Straight Stairlift
A Slimline type Fold-up Design stairlift, with folding arms, seat and footrest, ensures maximum access to the staircase. When not in use, a slim-line fold-away design provides easy entry and availability to the staircase by non-stairlift users.
 
This slim type design is stylish yet robust and allows for plenty of access and ensures it will fit on even the narrowest of stairs. Intended to be a piece of modern furniture this stairlift will blend subtly into your home.
 
Curved stairlifts, also with a fold-up slim profile design, can be easily tucked away. With a unique inside parking capability, ensuring the stairway is not obstructed for use by other members of the household.

Key Lockable On/Off Switch

Stairlift Lockable Isolation Switch Key

 

A stairlift may be locked with a Key Lockable On/Off Isolation Switch so that others, children and grandchildren cannot use it. The key can also be removed to prevent any unauthorized use. The stairlift cannot be operated unless the key is inserted and turned to the operating position. The stair lift continues to charge when locked.

Limit Sensors

Woman Dismounting Stairlift from a Swivel Seat
Woman Dismounting Stairlift from a Swivel Seat
At the end of either an ascent or descent are Limit Sensors installed and located on the track rail. A battery operated stair lift will come to a 'soft stop' due to the limit sensors . These Limit Sensors ensure that the stair lift always stops in the correct position.

Padded Seat and Backrest

Padded Chair Seat and Backrest
Padded Chair Seat and Backrest
The Padded Seat provides a soft, cushy seating area an ensures that stair lifts give the most comfortable ride available.
 
Chairs and backrests can be built to have a wide, cushioned seat with a supportive backrest for maximum comfort. Stairlift chairs are available in vinyl, leather or woven fabric upholstery and can come in a range of colors to suit any home.
 
Some stairlift models offer a height adjustable seat, for proper fit and improved comfort, to help the user to get off and on the chair safely. The seat adjustment height is determined and to be set at installation or may be fabricated at the time of manufacture to the user measurements.
 

Perch Seat Stairlift 

Perch Seat Stairlift
Perch Seat Stairlift

Perch Seat Stairlifts are for people who have narrow stairs

Many older homes have very narrow staircases. This can be a huge setback if you need to install a stairlift. Fortunately, there are specific stairlifts available with features and options that enable a stairlift to be installed on narrow stairs.
A solution for staircases, which are too narrow for a traditional seated stairlift, may possibly be a Perch Stairlift. A perching seat position is a position between a sitting and standing position. A perch stairlift greatly reduces the minimum clearance width required for a conventional seated stairlift.
However, this type of stairlift requires the user to be able to remain safely perching for the amount of time it takes to complete the journey up or down the staircase. The user must also be able to dismount safely at the top landing or at the bottom of the stairs.
 

Perch Seat Stairlifts are for people who struggle bending their knees

A person, with problems with their knees, might be unable to comfortably bend their knees, in which case a sit-down stair chair is possibly inconvenient. A Perch Model Stairlift eliminates the need for the usual knee clearance expected of chair lifts on staircases.
If your budget or space constraints require a stairlift to be installed, then possibly the only option available to you is to have a perching seat stairlift.
  • Padded seat and backrest
    Ensures that the Perch Stairlift gives a comfortable ride.
  • Directional toggle switch
    Easy to operate, even by those with limited dexterity.
  • Safety belt and handrail
    Included for added security.
  • Folding arms and seat
    Slimline fold-away design allows easy access to the staircase.
  • Great for Narrow Stairs

Rack and Pinion Drive

Rack and Pinion System
Rack and Pinion System

Over the years there were several diverse ways and approaches to transfer and drive the stairlift carriage up and down the rail track, from noisy and oily chain driven mechanisms to wire rope or cable wrapping around winch drums. These outdated mechanisms are still available today. All of these are now obsolete apart from the modern Rack & Pinion Drive System which produces a very smooth and safe stairlift ride.

 
For overall passenger safety security and comfort control, some stairlift rail tracks are designed for a rack and pinion drive system, an extruded aluminum rail track system and a multiple glide roller system. For stable and an absolutely secure movement at all times up and down, a stairlift may utilize a chassis system of extra multiple glide rollers, giving a surface contact area for greater holding capability and a gliding capability to furnish a smoother ride.

 

A double tube extruded aluminum rail profile can give a superb feeling of safety and stability. A hardened steel rack is bolted to an aluminum cast track. The stairlift motor which is coupled to the stairlift gearbox drives the round pinion gear along the rack/track. The pinion gear is the rotating machine part having cut teeth, or cogs, which meshes with the toothed part on the rail in order to transmit torque.

 

Added security and safety comes with an Overspeed Governor (OSG) built into the chassis of a stairlift. Should the OSG mechanism sense any over-speed, the centrifugal force causes the over speed governor cams to fly out and in turn release the safety gear jaw which rapidly clamps to the stairlift rail and disengages the motor drive power bringing the stairlift to an immediate safe stop.

Rails (Stairlift Track)

New Advanced Rail Technology Development over Five Years
New Advanced Rail Technology Development over Five Years

FIVE YEARS IN DEVELOPMENT

 

A technique has been developed over a five year period and is now in daily use for the manufacture of stair lift rails. This allows an aluminum section to follow the inner path of a spiral stairway (the area not normally used by foot) and not encroach upon the main area of tread.

 

Curved stairlifts rail tracks are intended specifically for staircases that go around a bend or corner to arrive at the landing. Rails (tracks) are extremely robust usually single or double modular rail track(s) which are fabricated and built to the exact specifications of the staircase. Manufacturers have designed adaptable curved stairlifts that are able to address the most complex of staircases including steep and narrow stairs, 180° turns, numerous bends, curves and corners and stairlifts built to the exact contour of your staircase. These stairlifts are easy to use, with near silent operation, slimline with highly heavy-duty construction offering a smooth and safe ride along the stairs.
 
With the advanced unique curved modular rail systems, excellence in engineering assures a curved rail stair lift provides a perfectly comfortable ride. Some manufacturers feature a continuous slim, stylish profile and attractively finished rails on either the inner or outer curvature of your staircase. With a wrap-around feature at the bottom of your stairs and unique parking ability, curved stair lifts can tuck cleanly out of the way allowing others to use the staircase normally. Some curved stair lift rails even has the ability to travel down a hallway, allowing a shorter transfer distance between the stairlift and your bedroom or restrooms.
 
This unique curved modular rail system process allows the rail portion of the lift to be quickly assembled from stock components, enabling faster delivery and installation than other curved stairlifts on the market. A curved stairlift has a unique inside or outside parking capability, ensuring the stairway is not obstructed for use by other members of the household. When not in use, it can easily be folded away. The slim, stylish, yet robust design allows for plenty of access even on narrow stairs and has been designed to be a piece of modern furniture so it blends subtly into your home.
 
Curved rail stairlifts can also be fitted with an optional powered hinged rail which folds up and out of the way automatically as the stairlift travels up and down the staircase, allowing greater access at the foot of the stairs. This option of a hinged rail is ideal when there may be a doorway near the foot of the stairs. When the stairlift is not is use, the rail is neatly out of the way and causes no obstruction.

 

Straight rails for use on domestic staircases are usually made from extruded aluminum or steel and come in various cross-sectional shapes. These rails may, typically, weigh over 66 pounds (30kg), depending on the length.

 
In most applications they are attached to the steps with metal brackets (sometimes called “cleats”). Modern stairlift with a rack and pinion drive system have the rack portion attached to the rail. A hard steel rigid rack attached to the rail and maintains safety and security for the stairlift.
 
If a rail crosses a doorway at the bottom of the stairs or causes an obstruction a hinged rail can be fitted so the end of the rail can be folded out of the way when not in use.
 
Some stair lift rails set on the stairs thereby not relying on bracket strength. In addition to stair brackets to fit the rails to the stair treads, battery charging points are located on rails and also stairlift stopping limit ramps for the stairlift stopping points, at the top and bottom of the staircase.
 
Stairlifts travel the staircase on a track or rail that is generally secured to the stairs, not the wall.  Extruded aluminum and steel are the two principal metals utilized in design and manufacturing.  Due to its malleable qualities, steel is used for custom engineered solutions, while extruded aluminum is normally found in rail design applications because of its lighter weight and interchangeable for custom staircase configurations.  It is the aluminum extrusion method and process that allows aluminum rail to be strong, compatible and rigid.  Steel straight applications are older technology and are difficult to re-configure for a different staircase.
 
A curved stairlift rail track is intended specifically for staircases that go around a bend or corner to arrive at the landing. Rails (tracks) are extremely robust usually single or double modular rail track(s) which are fabricated and built to the exact specifications of the staircase. Manufacturers have designed adaptable curved stairlifts that are able to address the most complex of staircases including steep and narrow stairs, 180° turns, numerous bends, curves and corners and stairlifts built to the exact contour of your staircase. These stairlifts are easy to use, with near silent operation, slimline with highly heavy-duty construction offering a smooth and safe ride along the stairs.
 
With the advanced unique curved modular rail systems, excellence in engineering assures a curved rail stair lift provides a perfectly comfortable ride. Some manufacturers feature a continuous slim, stylish profile and attractively finished rails on either the inner or outer curvature of your staircase. With a wrap-around feature at the bottom of your stairs and unique parking ability, curved stair lifts can tuck cleanly out of the way allowing others to use the staircase normally. Some curved stair lift rails even has the ability to travel down a hallway, allowing a shorter transfer distance between the stairlift and your bedroom or restrooms.
 
This unique curved modular rail system process allows the rail portion of the lift to be quickly assembled from stock components, enabling faster delivery and installation than other curved stairlifts on the market. A curved stairlift has a unique inside or outside parking capability, ensuring the stairway is not obstructed for use by other members of the household. When not in use, it can easily be folded away. The slim, stylish, yet robust design allows for plenty of access even on narrow stairs and has been designed to be a piece of modern furniture so it blends subtly into your home.
 
Curved rail stairlifts can also be fitted with an optional powered hinged rail which folds up and out of the way automatically as the stairlift travels up and down the staircase, allowing greater access at the foot of the stairs. This option of a hinged rail is ideal when there may be a doorway near the foot of the stairs. When the stairlift is not is use, the rail is neatly out of the way and causes no obstruction.
 

Hinged Rail

Hinged Rail
Hinged Rail
The lower section of the rail folds up and out of the way when not in use, allowing greater access at the foot of the stairs. The option of a manual or powered hinged rail is ideal when there may be a doorway near the foot of the stairs. When the stairlift is not is use, the rail is neatly out of the way and causes no obstruction.

Remote Control (Infra-red)

Hand Held Infra-red Remote Control
Hand Held Infra-red Remote Control
The stairlift user can use the Stair lift, then the user using a  Remote Control can send the stairlift back to the original location, up or down the stairs, for the second user to utilize the stairlift. The remote control can also be used by a care giver.
 
A Remote Control can be used for Straight Stairlifts, Curved Stairlifts, a  Dual Purpose Sit or Stand Stairlift, a Perch Stairlift and an Outdoor Stairlift
 
Infra-red Remote Control electronic devices are used to 'called' or 'sent' a stairlift up or down the stairs by using a remote control similar to a TV remote control.

Ride Quality

Stairlift Whisper Quiet Ride Quality
Whisper Quiet Ride Quality

Stairlift Whisper Quiet Ride Quality

 
  • DC battery power
  • Rack and pinion drive system
  • Superb feeling of safety and stability
  • Double-tube rail profile and chassis roller system
  • Smooth, quiet and most luxurious ride quality
 
A peerless ride quality and whisper quiet operation is attributed to unique rail profile designs and an advanced chassis roller system working in conjunction with the DC battery power and rack and pinion drive system.
 
Typically stair lifts feature four, or sometimes six, chassis rollers and a box section rail. Superior stair lifts have a greater number of multiple rollers, giving a larger surface contact area for a safe, and more stable and smooth operation.
 
Such features, along with double-tube rigid extruded aluminum rail profiles for chassis rollers, give the smoothest, quietest and most luxurious Ride Quality currently available, and a superb feeling of safety and stability when using the stairlift.

Safety Cut-off Sensor Surfaces

Safety Sensors on Foot Rest and Carriage

There are up to 5 pressure sensitive safety sensor surfaces or safety edges that stop a stair lift in the event of a collision with any obstruction on the stairway. These Safety Sensors are located around the footrest, and on the top and bottom of the carriage.

 
If there is an obstruction on the stairs, a stair lift will detect it with at least one of the pressure sensitive surfaces situated around the stair lift. If an obstruction is detected, the stairlift will cease movement, so that the obstruction may be removed. Once the object is removed the stair lift will proceed as usual.

Safety Seat Belt

Safety Seat Inertial Reel Lap Harness Belt
Safety Seat Inertial Reel Lap Harness Belt

A safety seatbelt is an absolute requirement. A superior seatbelt for stair lifts come with an inertial reel lap harness for extra security and safety. This is like a seat belt in a car, and will keep you in the stair lifts seat at all times. Safety is a priority when going up and down the stairs.

Sit or Stand Multi-purpose Stairlift

Sit or Stand Multi-purpose Stairlift
Sit or Stand Multi-purpose Stairlift

A Sit or stand stair lift is the perfect choice, when one person is able to sit safely when using a stair lift; while the other wishes to stand or has difficulty bending their knees. With many of the same features and options as straight stair lifts, the sit or stand stair lift gives the user the option to either sit or stand in comfort and safety.

 
However, this type of stairlift requires the user who is standing to be able to remain safely standing for the amount of time it takes to complete the journey up or down the staircase. The user must also be able to dismount safely at the top landing or at the bottom of the stairs.
 
Stand Stairlifts are for passengers that have restricted movement in the hip joints, knees or back and find sitting difficult or painful and prefer standing during the journey up and down the stairs. Passengers stand on a foot platform on the stairlift and hold onto a grab bar, arm or support.
 
With a Sit and Stand frame, choose the seated position or stand on the footrest. The special folding wander lead steady security bar is for stability.
 
Highlights of these types of stairlifts and customer benefits may include

 

  • Battery powered safe ride
  • Call or Send stairlift capability
  • Diagnostic digital display
  • Easy to use
  • Exceptionally comfortable ride
  • Fitted to the stairs, not to wall
  • Fold-up seat when not in use
  • Modular rail for quick installation
  • Near silent operation
  • No AC trailing cable
  • No planning permission required
  • No structural modifications needed
  • Padded seat and backrest
  • Safe operation
  • Safety cut-out sensors
  • Secure safety seat belt and grab bar
  • Smooth start/stop soft motion
  • Swivel seat with locking catch
  • Two wireless hand remote controls
  • Works during a power outage

Slimline Fold-up Design

Fold-up Design Curved and Straight Stairlift
Fold-up Design Curved and Straight Stairlift
A Slim line type Fold-up Design stairlift, with folding arms, seat and footrest, ensures maximum access to the staircase. When not in use, a slim-line fold-away design provides easy entry and availability to the staircase by non-stairlift users.
 
This slim type design is stylish yet robust and allows for plenty of access and ensures it will fit on even the narrowest of stairs. Intended to be a piece of modern furniture this stairlift will blend subtly into your home.
 
Curved stairlifts, also with a fold-up slim profile design, can be easily tucked away. With a unique inside parking capability, ensuring the stairway is not obstructed for use by other members of the household.

Smooth start/stop action

Man on a Stairlift Enjoying a Smooth Ride
Man on a Stairlift Enjoying a Smooth Ride
A Battery Power operated stair lift. The upward and downward movement begins smoothly and slowly, without jarring or sudden stops.
 

Over the years there were several diverse ways and approaches to transfer and drive the stairlift carriage up and down the rail track, from noisy and oily chain driven mechanisms to wire rope or cable wrapping around winch drums.

 

These outdated mechanisms are still available today. All of these are now obsolete apart from the modern Rack & Pinion Drive System which produces a very smooth start and safe stop stairlift ride action and operation.

 

Stand Stairlift

Woman Traveling Downstairs on a Stand Stairlift
Woman Traveling Downstairs on a Stand Stairlift

Stand-up Stairlifts, the ideal solution for narrow stairs or trouble bending knees

 
Do you have a knee problem which prevents you from fully bending your legs? If so, a stand stairlift may be more comfortable.
 
Sometimes it is not feasible to use the standard stairlift. Possibly this is because the stairs are especially narrow, or because the user's legs will not bend enough to allow them to sit down on the stairlift.
 
Stand Stairlifts are available with most straight stairlifts ideal for when the user may have trouble sitting or bending at the knee and therefore cannot use a standard stairlift.
 
If more than one person needs the use of a stair lift, but have different requirements, then a multiple user Sit or Stand Stairlift is the solution to your problems with the stairs.
 
The Stand Up Stairlift is ideal for people who have difficulty with their knee joints and want to avoid the hassle of sitting down for no longer than a couple of minutes.
 
Not only is the Stand Up Stairlift smooth and quiet, it has a safety barrier or grab bar and a safety belt for added piece of mind.
 
For users who are unable to bend their knees sufficiently to travel in a seated position, stand up stairlifts offer a clever solution: a lift that can be used standing up so you don’t have to bend your knees at all.
 
Stairlift manufacturers understand a lot of their customers suffer with illnesses and ailments, such as arthritis in the hips and knees, which will make sitting down and standing back up reasonably a difficulty, so the idea of a stairlift seems like something that is going to be challenging to use.
 
The stand stairlift is a new design in which the user is able to stand on the foot plate on the stairlift itself, eliminating the problem a lot of our users are faced with. So if you or your loved one has problems sitting or bending then a stand stairlift is the solution you’re looking for.
 
Manufacturers offer a stand model that has several features to make the ride as comfortable as possible. If you want extra peace of mind then the Stand Stairlift may be a wonderful solution. There are also Ease of Use features on stairlifts which have received the Ease of Use Commendation from the Arthritis Foundation.

Swivel Seat

Stairlift Swivel Seat

Some stairlifts have a Swivel Seat with a safety locking catch.  A Swivel Seat allows easy and safe dismount, at the top of the stairs, without the need to twist the body or legs.

 

You can swivel (turn) the chair, so that you are safely facing away from the staircase, with direct access onto the landing area. The seat automatically locks into position to prevent accidental slipping.

 

The safety switch isolates the stairlift drive circuitry when the passenger seat is in the swivel position. The stairlift will not move until the seat swivel is locked back into its safe traveling position.

Weather Proof Outdoor Stairlift

Outdoor Stairlift components and products are tested against extreme weather conditions

 
A Weather Proof Stairlift for outside use has all of the safety and comfort features included as an indoor sit frame stairlift, but is designed and manufactured specifically for outdoor use. A stair lift designed to resist the elements.
 
For best results stairlifts use all metallic components and are either made in aluminum, or are oil annealed or zinc plated before powder coating. Plastic components are heat and UV resistant, protecting the stair lift from color fading and ambient heat damage.
 
An Outdoor Stairlift is an ideal solution for situations involving any staircase that is exposed to the elements, including garden steps, sun decks, porches, front stoops and garage or basement steps. The outdoor stair lift is very popular with those that live in beach homes, as it is well protected from the ravages of salt air.
 
Even in the outdoor configuration, the Outdoor Stairlift has exceptional ride quality and Performance, making it whisper quiet, smooth, stable and very easy to use. Usually included with the outdoor stair lift is a durable plastic cover which will keep off accumulations of leaves and snow.
 
  • Highlights of a Weather Proof Stairlift
  • Designed to resist the elements
  • Developed for outdoor staircases
  • Free snow and leaf cover
  • Folds away when not needed
  • Near silent operation
  • No structural modifications needed
  • Safe with Ease of use features
  • Two infra-red remote controls included
  • Works during a power outage

Features of Modern Stairlifts

Straight Rail Stairlift | Curved Rail Stairlift
Straight Rail Stairlift | Curved Rail Stairlift

Modern stair lifts can be found with a wide variety of features such as rack and pinion drive system, adjustable seat height, battery isolation switches, call stations, 'flip-up' rail, key switch, folding step, speed governor, seatbelt, soft start and soft stop and more features including:

 
  • Battery Powered Operation even during a power outage
  • Diagnostic Digital Display informs the user of the status of the stair lift
  • Dual Electronic and Mechanical Braking Systems a double safety system
  • Folding-up arms, seat and footrest with slimline fold-away design
  • Hinged Rail is ideal when there may be a doorway near the foot of the stairs
  • Infra-red Remote Controls allows the user to 'call' or 'send' the stair lift
  • Lockable isolation on/off switch prevents others from using the stair lift
  • Modular Rail System enables reduced installation time
  • No jarring or sudden stops by stairlift
  • Overspeed Governor controls speed of stairlift to prevent sudden rapid descent
  • Padded seat and backrest ensures stair lifts give most comfortable ride available
  • Paddle' switch controls make stairlifts easy to operate, even with limited dexterity
  • Perch Seat for people who have narrow stairs or struggle bending their knees
  • Rack and pinion drive stairlift uses this secure rail structure and drive system
  • Remote control similar to a TV remote for sending or calling stairlift up or down
  • Safety cut-out sensors on footrest and carriage stop the stair lift for obstructions
  • Safety features to protect children and grandchildren
  • Safety Seatbelt and Handrail are fitted for added security
  • Sit or Stand Carriage is a dual purpose stairlift for multiple users
  • Smooth start/stop action by a battery operated stair lift
  • Stairlift allows easy access to the staircase
  • Stairlift Design and use without the need for twisting the body
  • Stairlift is unable to descend unexpectedly or at speed
  • Stairlift provides a smooth and stable movement up and down the stairs
  • Stand or Perch Carriage designed for people who have issues bending knees
  • Stand Stairlift those who has difficulty bending their knees
  • Swivel seat with locking catch allows user to safely enter and exit the stair lift
  • Upward and downward movement begins smoothly and slowly
  • Weather proof components designed for outdoor stairlift use

No modification to your stairs

  • For home convenience and staircase safety, some stairlifts require no structural modification work. The stairlift rail fits direct to your stair treads rather than the wall.

Safety

 

Safety and the Stairlift 

Is a stairlift safe?

Elderly Man Riding on a Stairlift
Elderly Man Riding on a Stairlift
Stair lifts come with a multitude of Safety features. Safety features protect you, your loved ones and users from injury or harm.
 
  • It is important if you are looking for an inexpensive cost saving price that you don't overlook or exclude the must have essential Safety features and benefits which are surprisingly very affordable for a budget.
A Note about Bifocal and Trifocal Glasses Safety
  • Though bifocals and trifocals provide a wider range of vision than monofocal ("single vision") eyeglass lenses, there is one drawback: they make objects at your feet blurry unless you remember to tilt your head down. This can be a safety issue for some wearers when they are walking down stairways.
  • In a recent study published in Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, researchers in the UK found that single vision lenses helped presbyopia (those with age related problems with near vision) better judge the height of lower steps when walking down stairs, compared with bifocals or progressive lenses.
  • The study authors concluded that having a second pair of glasses with single vision lenses for use when negotiating stairs can lower the risk of falls, especially among elderly multifocal wearers.
  • The same may be true for presbyopia for those walking in poorly lit areas, especially when negotiating sidewalk curbs. For these reasons, it's wise to consider purchasing a separate pair of "walking" eyeglasses with single vision (distance) lenses, even if you are perfectly happy with your multifocal glasses.
  • Some stairlift models offer audio signals that help individuals with poor eyesight, as well as those who are blind, to use the lift safely.

Arthritis Foundation Ease of Use

Arthritis Foundation Ease of Use Commendation
Arthritis Foundation Ease of Use Commendation
  • The Arthritis Foundation created a program to encourage manufacturers to design user-friendly Easy to Use products.
  • The Arthritis Foundation has initiated the Ease-of-Use Commendation to highlight products that improve quality of life for those suffering from arthritis.
  • The Arthritis Foundation has awarded a stairlift manufacturer with the Ease-of-Use Commendation.

Birth to the Elderly Stairlift Safety

Stairlifts are used to transport people of all ages from a child in a child safety seat, young injured persons, the handicapped, pregnant women, those with a sports injury, patients after major surgery, adults, parents, seniors, grandparents and the elderly.

Caregivers and the Elderly

Caregiver and an Elderly Woman
Caregiver and an Elderly Woman
  • A caregiver helping an elderly person with poor grip strength, poor footing or balance, while walking up and down the stairs, is a dangerous situation for both.
  • Chances are high for a possible injury from falling onto the stairs or the possibility of a lethal fall to the bottom of the staircase.
  • Elderly people attempting to climb stairs, who cannot navigate steps successfully on their own, are being placed in a dangerous situation.
  • If an elderly person has poor grip strength, leg strength, poor footing or balance while climbing stairs; an accident is sure to follow. As the elderly person falls on the stairs, the caregiver can lose balance and fall at the same time. Both could tumble down the staircase.
  • A home stairlift is a good, safe and cost-effective alternative choice to falling on the stairs, moving to a one story dwelling or making home modifications and being confined to living on one level of your home.
  • Installing a stairlift in a home is a good accident preventive safety measure for all concerned.

Child Safety on the Stairs

Child Safety on the Stairs
Child Safety on the Stairs
  • Walking up and down the stairs, while holding a child, can be a dangerous situation for both concerned; for the chance of a fall and injury on the staircase.
  • For those who have difficulty navigating the stairs, especially while holding a child, a stairlift can be an absolute solution for this serious problem.
Children Stair Lift Safety
Children Stair Lift Safety
Children Stair Lift Safety
  • Children should never use or operate a stair lift and should not play within the immediate area of the staircase. Some stair lifts come equipped with a safety device that prohibits the stair lift to move until a key has unlocked it.
  • If a child is medically authorized to use a stairlift, an adult must supervise a child at all times, to prevent accidents and ensure that the child is secured by a child seat belt, is in the seat at all times and does not stand up on the machine.
  • For child use (such as a handicapped child) it is recommended that a home care medical specialist, a doctor, a nurse and the stairlift manufacturer be consulted and that a specialist must examine the home situation and stairlift configuration, before a child may be authorized for transport on a stairlift in the home.
  • Child Seat Stairlifts can be custom manufactured and are in use for children all over the world.
  • A Child Seat Stairlift has a special tailor-made chair that fits on a range of our stairlifts of one manufacturer.  Every child is individually assessed on their specific needs and the chair is tailor made to fit the child.  The chair can “grow with the child” with the removal of the chair padding to create extra space. It can also be adapted in the future when the child out-grows the chair.

Grandparents and Grandchildren Safety

  • A grandparent may put themselves and a child in jeopardy; when they try to climb stairs with the child when they should not.
  • Walking up and down the stairs, while holding a grandchild, can also be a dangerous situation for both; due to the chance for a possible injury from falling onto the stairs or the possibility of a lethal fall to the bottom of the staircase.
  • One of the greatest joys of a grandparent is a grandchild. Many grandparents, visiting the grandchild’s home or grandchildren visiting grandparents for a sleepover, may have difficulty climbing the stairs to attend to or to visit with the child needing to go to sleep at bedtime.
  • Some grandparents may miss out on these treasured moments, perhaps not being able to read a bedtime story; or tuck them in, due to the fact they have difficulty with the stairs and cannot climb the steps to be with the child.
  • An installed stairlift in a home may be a good safety option for all concerned.

Is a stairlift safe for grandchildren when they visit my home?

Key Lock On/Off Isolation Switch
Key Lock On/Off Isolation Switch
A stairlift should be fitted with a Key Lock On/Off Isolation Switch. You can lock the stairlift when not in use, to prevent children and others from unauthorized use.
 
The stairlift cannot be operated unless the key is inserted and turned to the operating position.
 
The stair lift continues to charge when locked.

Pregnant Women Safety

Pregnant Women Safety
Pregnant Women Safety
  • Pregnant women can also take advantage of the safety benefit that a stair lift can provide.
  • During a pregnancy, a mother’s center of equilibrium varies substantially, causing stairs to become a risk. A woman may need to lean back further to keep their balance and a steep staircase can be challenging to use.
  • A higher risk of injury, including pulling of muscles and dislocation of hips can occur. A pregnant woman in the varying stages of pregnancy who wants to minimize her risk of injury may consider a stairlift as an option.

What happens if there is a loss of electrical power to my home?

Stairlift Battery Works During Power Outage
Stairlift Battery Works During Power Outage
  • Stairlifts equipped with DC batteries provide a safety safeguard. In the event of a loss of electrical power to the home, with a fully charged battery, you may still continue to use the stairlift.

What about stairlift maintenance?

Certified Stairlift Technician Performing Maintenance
Certified Stairlift Technician Performing Maintenance
  • Although a stairlift design uses as many maintenance free materials as possible, it is recommended that you have the stairlift maintained, serviced and inspected for Safety by a Certified Stairlift Technician at least once a year.
  • You can select from a range of different maintenance and service contracts. A stairlift technical advisor can go over the contracts which they have to offer.
Can I perform stairlift service myself?
The Accessibility Equipment Manufacturer’s Association (AEMA) does not support the concept of self-installation or servicing of accessibility lifts by inexperienced persons.
 
Marketing to consumers via the internet or a storefront or elsewhere may initially appear to be acceptable. The perception is that it provides accessibility equipment at a lower cost for those who can least afford it. It is recommended that you explore all options and obtain a free no-obligation manufacturer Survey and Consultation to obtain all facts for pricing and in considering making a decision for self-installation and self-service.
 
However, self-installation may also create a Safety Hazard to the consumer! How does the consumer ensure that the equipment is installed:
 
  • In a Safe manner?
  • In a manner that ensures Operational Safety?
  • In conformance with local codes and regulations?

Safe and Easy to Use

Safety Features

 
  • When purchasing a stair lift it is important to look for certain safety features that may or may not come equipped on a stairlift system. Verify all safety features you wish to have installed on your stairlift with the manufacturer.
  • Specific safety features can include Safety Sensors that prevent the machine from becoming obstructed by objects in its path or a Swivel Seat with lock safety feature that will not allow the stair lift to move until it has been locked into place by the user. Dual Braking System Mechanical and Electrical  (electromechanical) are important safety features that prevent the stairlift from descending down a staircase uncontrollably should the motor fail.
Battery DC Power
Battery Power
Battery Power
  • Properly installed Low Voltage Battery Power operation eliminates the risk of an AC electrical shock.
  • Because DC stairlifts run on low voltage battery operation, there is no risk of receiving a high voltage AC electric shock when the stair lift is operating.
  • Battery powered Direct Current (DC) stair lifts do not use high voltage home mains power voltage on the stair lift itself, as it runs off of batteries usually 24 volts.
  • The stairlift runs on maintenance-free rechargeable batteries and will continue to keep on working for more trips up and down the stairs, even in a total loss of a power blackout!
  • The stair lift usually is powered by 2 12 volt batteries, 7.2 amp/hour sealed gel type lead acid maintenance free batteries. The batteries can be located in a steel tray inside the stair lift carriage unit and are wired in series to output 24v DC

Dual Braking Mechanical and Electrical Systems (Electromechanical)

Motor Brake | Main Control Board | Motor Gear Assembly | OSG Assembly
Motor Brake | Main Control Board | Motor Gear Assembly | OSG Assembly
  • Dual Braking System, a stair lift can have both a mechanical and electrical braking system. This prevents the stair lift from descending out of control, in the unlikely chance that there is a motor failure.

 

  • It is essential that your stairlift be equipped with a dual mechanical and electrical braking system, an important safety feature that prevents the stairlift from plunging uncontrollably down the staircase should the motor mechanism fail.

Failsafe Overspeed Governor

OSG Regulator and OSG Assembly
OSG Regulator and OSG Assembly
  • An Overspeed Governor (OSG) and gear safety device will lock the lift to the rail in the event of a mechanical failure or excessive speed. Caution: Not every stairlift has this indispensable safety feature called an Overspeed Governor.

 

  • This cutting-edge feature for restriction of the speed of the stair lift, to stop unexpected or instantaneous descent; a stairlift fitted with an Overspeed Governor (OSG) and gear safety device will deadlock the lift to the rail in the event of a mechanical failure or extreme speed.

 

  • If a stair lift does not have an Overspeed Governor - the stair lift is not safeguarded from an unmanageable descent, if a major drive system failure should occur. In this case, the stair lift could plunge to the foot of the stairway, with dreadful consequences.

 

  • Many leading manufacturers believe an internal Overspeed Governor (OSG) should be standard equipment on a stairlift. This feature instantaneously stops the stairlift unit in the unlikely event a stairlift exceeds a safe limitation of an overspeed unrestrained descent and is a stairlift safety equipment vital feature.
Key Lockable On/Off Isolation Switch
  • The stairlift cannot be operated with a Key Lockable On/Off Isolation Switch unless the key is inserted and turned to the operating position.

 

  • A stairlift should be fitted with a Key Lock On/Off Isolation Switch. You can lock the stairlift when not in use, to prevent children and others from unauthorized use.

 

  • The stair lift continues to charge when locked.

Limit sensors

Stairlift Carriage Limit Sensor
Stairlift Carriage Limit Sensor
  • The stairlift should have Limit sensors to ensure that the stairlift always stops in the correct position.
  • These are fitted on the rail at the top and bottom and make sure that the stair lift always stops in the correct position on the staircase.
  • Some stair lifts have a Start / Stop Action, so at the end of every journey there will be no jolt.

Safety Edge Cutoff Sensors

Footrest with Safety Edge Cutoff Sensors
Footrest with Safety Edge Cutoff Sensors
  • Your stairlift should be equipped with integral pressure-sensitive Safety Sensors surfaces which are another vital safety feature and work by inhibiting the stair lift from colliding with any hindrance or obstruction on the stairway. Typically safety surfaces are located around the footrest, on the under tray on the footplate, at the top of the carriage and at the bottom of the carriage.
  • These multiple built in Safety Sensors spontaneously detect anything that may be in the pathway of the stairlift up and down the stairs.
  • Safety cut-out sensors are highly effective and will therefore detect for anything that is blocking the progress of the carriage, around the footrest of the carriage that could potentially be a hazard when the stair lift is in use. This stops any unnecessary accidents from happening.
  • When sensors detect potential obstructions between the carriage and the stairs, the cutoff switches bringing the carriage automatically to a safe standstill on the rail track.
  • To satisfy safety codes stairlifts usually have cut-out switches connected to the “safety edges” so the drive power is disconnected if something goes wrong.
  • "Safety edges" are a feature to the carriage power pack and footplate, to ensure that if there is any obstruction on the stairs, the stairlift will automatically stop and only travel away from the obstruction.

Swivel Seat Chair

Man Swiveling in a Swivel Seat at the Top Landing of the Staircase
Man Swiveling in a Swivel Seat at the Top Landing of the Staircase
  • A stair lift carriage equipped with a Swivel Seat will turn and lock into position, allowing the stair lift user to dismount in safety at the top of the stairs. A swivel seat also acts as a barrier, preventing the user from potentially falling back down the stairs.

 

  • Your stairlift should be equipped with a Swivel Seat on the carriage to ensure greater safety. A swivel seat allows the user to safely dismount from the stair lift at the top of the stairs.

 

  • Specifically. a swivel seat acts as a barrier that prevents the user from falling back down the stairs. This is because, as you swivel round on the swivel seat, the back of the stair lift seat is now behind you which prevents you from falling back down the stairs after use.

 

  • These chairs swivel and make it easier for the user to board and disembark the machine. Swivel seat chairs are safer for the user, as when disembarking the machine, the chair faces away from the lift, therefore decreasing the chance of falling down any stairs. The stair lift will not operate; until the user has safely locked the swivel chair into place.

 

  • A lockable swivel seat allows the user to safely enter and exit the stair lift without the need for twisting the body.

 

  • A Swivel Seat  locks in either 45° or 90° position allowing the seat to turn and lock in either a 45° or 90° position, helping you get in and out of your stair lift, easily and safely.

Simple Directional Paddle Switch Controls

  • Stairlifts are mainly operated using a control switch. A simple directional Paddle Switch operates the up and down motion of the stairlift; a switch which is located on an arm of the chair.
 

  • This is either a joy stick, paddle switch or a toggle type lever. A larger paddle switch enables users even with limited dexterity and mobility or with a painful condition to use stairlifts safely and easily.

 

  • It is easy to use the controls on the armrest, simply push the Paddle Switch in the direction of travel.

 

  • The Arthritis Foundation has approved a manufacturer’s Dual Paddle Controls, a control on each armrest, for either hand to use. The Arthritis Foundation awarded the Ease of Use Commendation. The up and down motion of the stair lift can be operated by either hand with simple dual paddle switches located on both arms of the chair seat.

 

  • The stairlift was evaluated by a team of testers with moderate to severe arthritis testing the paddle switches for grip, torque and muscle strength, endurance, pinch force and range of motion.

Safety Codes and Stair Lift Safety Standards

A Stairlift Should Meet International and Local Safety Codes and Standards

 

A Stairlift must comply with stringent safety standards.

 

A Stairlift should be specified to meet or exceed the requirements of:

 

  • ISO 9386:2-2000 International Standard for Stairlifts*
  • AEMA Stairlift Standards - An Association of Members of the Accessibility Industry
  • UL compliant (Underwriters Laboratory Inc) for mechanical and electrical hazards
  • ASME A18.1 Safety Standard for Platform Lifts and Stairway Chairlifts, 2008 Edition, as required by States and Municipalities
  • ASME A17.5 Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators 
  • BS 5776:1996 - British Standard - 'Specification for powered stairlifts'
  • CE Mark - Stairlift meets the requirements of the applicable European Directive(s).
  • TÜV Certification 

 

Verify with the manufacturer as to its accreditation and approval concerning International, State and Local Jurisdiction Compliance Codes.
 
*Power-operated lifting platforms for persons with impaired mobility -- Rules for safety, dimensions and functional operation -- Part 2: Powered stairlifts for seated, standing and wheelchair users moving in an inclined plane
 
  • A safe stair lift is one that has been approved by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). The ASME approval indicates that the manufacturer has followed specific safety standards and guidelines when building the stair lift. Purchasing a stair lift with this approval increases safety, reliability, productivity and efficiency.
  • For Codes of practice and technical specifications applying to stairlifts manufactured for North America these codes may be relevant:
    • ASME A17.1 - 1990, Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators
    • ASME A18.1 - 2005 Safety Standard for Platform Lifts and Stairway Chairlifts
  • ASME is a not-for-profit membership organization that enables collaboration; knowledge sharing, career enrichment, and skills development across all engineering disciplines, toward a goal of helping the global engineering community develop solutions to benefit lives and livelihoods. Founded in 1880 by a small group of leading industrialists, ASME has grown through the decades to include more than 130,000 members in 158 countries.
  • All Stair lifts should exceed the highest levels of the British Safety Standards, European Safety Directives, and US & Canada's regulations.
  • Many British stairlifts are built and designed to comply with the British Standard for stairlifts (BS5776): 1996 as well as ISO 9386-2: 2000 Power operated lifting platforms for persons with impaired mobility - Rules for safety, dimensions and functional operation. Powered stairlifts moving in an inclined plane for seated, standing and wheelchair users.
  • The CE marking or formerly EC mark, is a mandatory conformity marking for certain products sold within the European Economic Area (EEA) since 1993.[1] The CE marking is found even on products sold outside the EEA, because they are either products manufactured in the EEA and had been exported, or they were manufactured in other nations which have EEA as a prime market. This makes the CE marking recognizable worldwide even to people to who are not familiar with the European Economic Area. It is similar then, in that sense, to the FCC Declaration of Conformity used on certain electronic devices sold in the United States.
  • An important specification used by stairlift manufacturers in Europe was British Standard BS 5776: 1996 Specification for Powered Stairlifts, produced by The British Standards Institution.
  • If unsure you should ask to see whether your stairlift has been tested to meet the British Safety Standard BS5776. These stair lifts meet the highest levels of the British Safety Standards.
  • Note: codes of practice and technical specifications are updated occasionally. References may be out of date by the time they are read and are shown as examples.

Safety Seat belt

Inertial Reel Safety Seatbelt
Inertial Reel Safety Seatbelt
  • Stair lift Seatbelts should be fitted as standard for added security. A Seat belt will prevent you from falling from the stairlift while it is in motion. The best seat belt is an inertial reel seatbelt which is identical to those fitted in cars.
  • This enables the seatbelt to automatically retract when in use, giving you that extra confidence on your journeys up or down the staircase.
Slimline Design
Stairlift Slimline Fold-up Design
Stairlift Slimline Fold-up Design
A Slimline Fold-up Design with a folding arms, seat and footrest design allow the arms, seat and footrest to all neatly fold away. With these features, the ultra slimline design of a stair lift ensures that there's plenty of room for other to use your staircase.

Smooth Start / Stop Motion

Stairlift Smooth Start / Stop Motion
Stairlift Smooth Start / Stop Motion
A soft Start / Stop Action system means no sudden jolts. A smooth start stop motion eliminates any jolting at the start and at the end of each journey. Your stairlift should have a smooth start stop motion. This is vital feature for those people who suffer with bad backs and will eliminate the risk of injury through jerky start stop motions.

Wireless Remote Controls

Wireless Remote Controls
Wireless Remote Controls
  • A Wireless Remote Control (generally 2 remotes are supplied) operates the lift so that the stairlift can be 'called' or 'sent' up or down the stairs whenever or wherever it is needed, making it easy for multiple users to use and control the stair lift.
  • A Remote control system such as a TV Remote means flexible use and no unnecessary wiring in or on the wall.

Power Generator

  • Stair lifts are either AC powered directly using the electricity from your home or are DC rechargeable battery pack powered.
  • If there is an electrical power failure, the Battery Operating System (BOS) will operate for as long as the batteries last (typically 20 return trips).
  • It is a good idea to buy a backup power generator in the case of an extended long term electrical power failure, possibly after a severe storm or hurricane. When it might take days for the power to come back on.
  • Since stair lifts are essential in aiding a person up and down the stairs, a backup power generator will ensure that a person will not be confined to one level of the home; if the electricity is not reinstated for an extended period of time.

Servicing

It is advised that your stairlift is serviced after the first 6 months and thereafter at least every 12 months.

Warnings and Precautions

Do Not:
 
  • Do not operate a stairlift unless a manufacturer stairlift specialist has demonstrated to you how to use a stairlift safely and has properly trained the user(s) and members of the household of important best practices safety procedures and operation of a stairlift to avoid any unnecessary accidents.
  • Do not carry pets or children on your lap while riding the stair lift. The stairlift is designed for use by only one person at a time.
  • Do not allow your feet to hang over the edges of the footplate.
  • Do not allow your feet to leave the footrest while the stairlift is in motion
  • Do not permit children to play upon or with the operation of the stairlift
  • Do not permit more than one person to use the stairlift at any one time
  • Do not place items on the rail track, or leave items on the stairs, which they could encounter with the stairlift in operation.
  • Do not try and operate the swivel seat while the stairlift is in motion.
  • Do not turn the swivel seat until the stairlift has come to a complete stop at the top or bottom of the staircase.
  • Do not swivel the seat without the lap belt fastened.
  • Do not mount or dismount the swivel seat unless it is locked in position
  • Do not use the stairlift in a standing or perch position unless it has been specifically designed for this purpose.
  • Do not use the stairlift without using the seat belt, lap belt, or safety harness.
  • Do not use water or a damp cloth to come into contact with the components of the stairlift. Always clean a stairlift or rail track with a dry cloth.

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Important Factors, What to Watch Out For, Tips and Important Issues:

 

  • Ask the manufacturer to explain the Assurance and Support Aftercare that you will receive after your purchase and the response time if you have a need for service.
  • A basic straight stairlift without a Swivel Seat may be difficult to use, due to having to twist the body. 
  • A professional staircase measurement process must be performed to determine the installation of a stairlift. Some New Stairlifts Manufacturers will provide a Free No-obligation Survey and Consultation in your consideration of a new stairlift.
  • Decide which side of the staircase the stairlift will be mounted, the overall length of a staircase, the overhang of the top landing, staircase width and clearance at the top and bottom of the staircase.
  • Beware of ‘demo’ lifts. Demonstration lifts track rails are only a couple of feet long and possibly have been taken apart for parts, used for engineer training or reconfigured or rebuilt for sale.
  • Beware of Battery Power units that have not been used for some time, if the batteries are allowed to fully discharge then they might not charge back up properly
  • Make sure all of the parts are included in the purchase of a used stairlift
  • Check the age of the stairlift, all lifts have a manufacturers label and a serial number, some also have the month and year of installation. Phone the manufacturer, they will be able to tell you how old the unit is. The older the lift, the more difficult it is to find spare parts or technical support.
  • Check the wording on advertisements representing a low cost new curved rail stairlift to verify that the track rail is new but the rest of it stairlift is second hand.
  • Compare used vs. new Stairlifts pricing for a cost comparison for product, installation, service and aftercare.
  • Contact a manufacture for Installation and Delivery and a free no-obligation stairlift quote estimate.
  • Don't expect a repair, service or warranty from the seller unless it is in a written contract
  • Ensure you can get a correct seat height at the top of the staircase for dismounting
  • Ensure you see the lift working before you pay for the stairlift. Test the stairlift empty and with a passenger on the lift. Consult a stairlift technical expert to inspect the lift for safety and value.
  • For Curved Stairlifts, if the angles of each flight don’t match exactly, even if the rail can be forced and packed into place, the seat will lean one way or the other.
  • For a used stairlift be careful to ensure the rail is long enough to reach from the top step nose and overhang and to the lower floor
  • For supply and installation of a stairlift make sure you get at least a 12 months warranty
  • Hazard caution: Many modern curved rail units run on a memory chip or flash card that is programmed to make the lift change speeds on corners and tell it when to stop. If you cut the rail the lift doesn't know you have, and it will continue to operate as if it was on the original shape and size rail.
  • If a stair fixing bracket is missing the carriage seat will lean forward and if the rail is jointed at the middle, the joint will deform and you will end up with a seat drive unit that bangs or sticks in the middle.
  • If your steps are not all in line and of similar tread and riser dimensions be careful, there is not a lot of adjustment on the stair fixing brackets
  • Make a careful, well-educated decision in Choosing a Stairlift. Consult with manufacturer expert technicians and advisors to receive all of the information you need to make an intelligent decision for the safety, security and comfort of the user of the stairlift.
  • Manufacturers will often only supply parts to Authorized Dealers who have been product trained. An untrained amateur can cause hundreds of dollars’ worth of damage just by touching the circuit boards, by creating simple static electricity while handling the board that will damage components on the circuit board. The Dealers may often only agree to repair a lift, if they have fitted it, or if they service and inspect it first for a possible expensive home service call fee, plus cost for parts and labor.
  • Many stairlift manufacturers do not have spare parts due to phased out older units
  • Modern units have a safety brake and Overspeed Governor. If the unit is removed or transported with the drive still mounted to the rail there is a good chance one of these will activate.
  • Older units may be driven by a high volt mains supply and will have a trailing cable from the control box to the seat. If the cable is damaged a replacement may be needed. A sprung cable drum may be costly and difficult to find for replacement.
  • Quick Guide for personal knowledge about Stairlift New Technology and Innovations, Safety, Performance, ConvenienceComfort and Ease of Use Features, ManufacturingFAQ Frequently Asked Questions, a comparison of New and Used Stairlifts, and Stairlift Prices is necessary for a well educated decision to receive the best value for your investment.
  • Reconditioned curved rail stairlifts track rails may be made up from different lifts to attempt to achieve the best fit for your stairs
  • Reconditioned units should come with a warranty. The supplier should supply a repair ticket to show all work done to refurbish the stairlift, parts and labor
  • Shop for cost price estimates for stairlifts and determine the age of the used stairlift and parts availability
  • Obtain a written list of technical services and new or used parts used to refurbish the stairlift
  • Otain the cost for a professional staircase measurement, consultation, purchase, installation, repairs, modifications, alterations, service availability, aftercare of the stairlift, service support costs, monthly or yearly maintenance costs and service contracts.
  • Compare the used stairlift complete costs with the cost of purchasing a new stairlift with installation, warranty and services. Some manufacturers will provide a free no-obligation quote cost estimate for a new stairlift installation for your comparison of a new stairlift vs. a used stairlift cost price
  • Some manufacturers have been sold and models discontinued with no technical support or parts availability
  • Some units do not have an Overspeed Governor to control the speed of the stairlift to prevent sudden or rapid descent.
  • Take note of any fixtures, such as window sills, hand rails, central heating radiators, and doorways that intrude into the stairway area or could be blocked by the presence of a stairlift. Decide which side of the stairway will be the most appropriate for the stairlift, requiring the least amount of disruption or obstruction.
  • The need for a hinged rail to be part of the track rail for the bottom of a staircase.
  • The probabilities of taking a curved rail stairlift out of one house and refitting it in another are very unlikely, even if the houses are in the same street with "identical" stairs. If the dimensions of the new staircase varies by as little as 0.98 of an inch or 25mm then you have potential serious problems
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Warning

 

Accessibility Equipment Manufacturer’s Association (AEMA)

 

An Association of Members of the Accessibility Industry (AEMA), PO Box 380, Metamora, Illinois, 61548-0380

 
POSITION PAPER
The Accessibility Equipment Manufacturer’s Association (AEMA) does not support the installation or servicing of accessibility lifts by inexperienced persons.
 
COMMENT
 
In the past few years, there has been an increase in the concept of providing lifts over the internet and from storefronts or warehouses with the intent that the end-user (consumer) is expected to perform his or her own installation and servicing. (Self-installation). The practice is most evident with stairway chair lifts, but vertical platform lifts and other accessibility lift models, both used and new are also available through this marketing method.
 
AEMA does not support the concept of self-installation!
 
Marketing to consumers via the internet or a storefront or elsewhere may initially appear to be acceptable. The perception is that it provides accessibility equipment at a lower cost for those who can least afford it.
 
However, it may also create a hazard to the consumer! How does the consumer ensure that the equipment is installed:
• In a safe manner?
• in a manner that ensures operational safety?
• in conformance with local codes and regulations?
 
Providers of equipment that is marketed direct to consumers have a responsibility to ensure that it is installed and serviced by experienced technicians.
 
Accessibility Lifts today are quite sophisticated both mechanically and electrically/electronically. It is not reasonable to assume that a person unfamiliar with lifts and their installation or service requirements would be aware of the potential hazards likely to be encountered if a lift is not installed or serviced correctly. With current technology, that knowledge is only available when experienced technicians are utilized.
 
Some points of interest:
• Many jurisdictions require a lift to be installed in conformance with local or National Codes. In many localities, the codes referenced are the ASME A17.1, the A18.1, and the NFPA70 (National Electrical Code). A consumer installing a lift would not be familiar with the safety requirements of the applicable codes such as clearances, electrical safety, proper anchoring, etc. Such non-conformance to the codes may make the installation unsafe.
• Licensing and permitting required. Many jurisdictions require a lift to be installed by a licensed, trained technician and the lift inspected by the local authority having jurisdiction prior to placing it in service.
• The potential hazards of “self-installation” apply to both used and new equipment.
 
There are many “used” lifts available on the market today. It is the position of AEMA that all lifts, new or used, must be installed and serviced by experienced technicians.
 
Common sense would seem to dictate that the installation or servicing of any equipment intended to transport people should require the service of an experienced technician. This is especially true for the elderly and disabled members of our communities.
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ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers)

 

 

Stair way lifts, whether they are installed in a private residence or a commercial building, are governed by the ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) A18.1 national public safety code. In Many States stair way lifts that are installed in a home do not need to be inspected by a licensed elevator inspector; however, they must still meet ASME code. In many states, chair lifts that are installed in public areas such as churches, schools, municipal buildings, must also meet the ASME A18.1 code, but they must be inspected by a licensed elevator inspector upon installation and every year thereafter.
 
If you are trying to provide ADA Code compliant access to a commercial building, a stair-lift would not be a good solution.
Travel Time
Couple at the Top of Stairs
Couple at the Top of Stairs
Travel Time from the bottom of a staircase to the top of a staircase, typically takes approximately 30 seconds on a straight rail stairlift; for a stairlift carriage and passenger moving from one floor to another floor, up a straight flight of 15 steps. The duration of a trip up or down the stairs will depend on the length of your stairs.

Travel Speed

Woman on Stairlift with Programmed Travel Speed
Woman on Stairlift with Programmed Travel Speed
Travel speed for domestic straight rail stairlift carriages can vary between 14 feet per minute to 30 feet per minute.
 

Programming Travel Speed for a Curved Rail Carriage

 
An Auto Speed Feature and a Self Leveling Transport System Feature can adjust the Travel Speed and Chair Leveling for domestic curved rail stairlift carriages.
 
A Programmable Curved Rail Carriage's Speed Travel can be programmed for the rail (or to the rail) by a manufacturer which includes these Auto Speed and Self Leveling Features with their product.
 
The stairlift can travel at different speeds. The speed of a curved rail stairlift carriage may vary on the journey; if the controls cause them to slow down on inclines, curves, and bends and at the end of the stairs journey.
 
A Programmable Curved Rail Carriage can use an encoding device to create a map of the rail's path and the program charts and defines the travel speed and leveling of the carriage at different points on the rail. The stairlift carriage is programmed from the beginning of its journey at the bottom of the staircase to the end of its journey at the top of the staircase.
 
A slower speed must be used on the small radius turns or internal bends or curves on the staircase. This is for the passenger’s comfort, as the journey around these curves and bends, at a high speed can give the impression as though the user is being pushed forward and out of the chair seat. A slower speed on curves also ensures that the carriage does not cause excessive wear on the rail rack.
 
A slower speed must be used at either end of the stairlift travel to ensure that the stairlift comes to a comfortable, safe and gentle stop.
Stairlift Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
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Stairlift Glossary

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Worldwide studies show that the population is aging, with up to 30% over the age of 65. Studies show that over 90 percent of seniors want to stay in their own homes. A stair lift provides an enjoyable and effortless ride from floor to floor in safety and comfort while removing the risk of falling down stairs. Stairlifts can make life easier while reducing stress, easing pain, shortness of breath and fatigue. Learn More ...

(NewsUSA) - Four years after the first set of baby boomers hit the retirement age of 65, this segment of America continues to grow at record numbers. In fact, over the next 18 years, boomers will be turning 65 at a rate of about 10,000 a day.

Studies show that over 90 percent of seniors want to stay in their own homes. It is now becoming widely recognized that where medical conditions allow, older people will enjoy a more satisfying and independent lifestyle by continuing to live in their own homes for as long as possible. In some situations care in a nursing home is the only option available, but where staying in their own home is viable, it usually offers the chance of a longer, more active life.


A stair lift provides an enjoyable and effortless ride from floor to floor in safety and comfort while removing the risk of falling down stairs. A stairlift can make life easier while reducing stress, easing pain, shortness of breath and fatigue.

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For a patient with health problems that contribute to difficulty climbing and descending stairs, a stairlift in the home can make an amazing difference in a patient’s quality of life and ‘Peace of Mind ’ by removing the worry of falling, running out of breath when climbing stairs or the need to avoid using the stairs altogether. With a stairlift, they regain their independence and freedom in their own home.  Learn More ...

Stairlift Research:

Important Questions:

 

What is a Stairlift?   •   Why a Stairlift?   •   What are the Benefits of a Stairlift   •   Who Uses a Stairlift?   •   Who Should Use a Stairlift?   •   Are Stairlifts Safe?   •   What Happens If There is a Power Outage?   •    Is a Stairlift Easy to Use?   •   How is a Stairlift Made?   •   Are All Stairlifts the Same?   •   What Types of Stairlifts are Available?   •   How Do I Research a Stairlift?   •   What Do I Look for in a Stairlift   •   Are Stairlifts Affordable?   •   What Do I Need to Know About Stairlifts?   •   Who Makes the Best Stairlift?   •   How Do I Choose a Stairlift?   •   How are Stairlifts Built?   •   Which Stairlift is Best for My Use?   •   When Should I Acquire a Stairlift?   •   Where Should I Acquire a Stairlift?    •   How Should I Acquire a Stairlift?   •   Can I Rent or Lease a Stairlift?   •   Should I Buy a Stairlift On-Line on the Internet?   •   Can I Self Install a Stairlift Myself?   •   Can I Self Service a Stairlift?   •    Are Stairlifts Battery Powered?   •   What Kind of Warranty Comes with a Stairlift?   •   What Kind of Service is Required to Maintain a Stairlift?   *   Who Will Service My Stairlift?   •   Can I Purchase a Pre-owned Stairlift to Fit My Staircase   •   Who Can I Talk to for Stairlift Advice?   •   Can I Obtain a Free Estimate for a Stairlift Cost?   •   Where Can I Obtain a Cost Estimate for a Stairlift?   •   Should I Buy New or Pre-owned?   •   How Do I Pay for a Stairlift?   •   Does Medicare Cover the Cost for a Stairlift?   •   What Should I Be Cautious About Concerning a Stairlift?   •   How Long Does It Take to Install a Stairlift?   •   Is There a Stairlift Buyer's Guide Checklist?   

 

Important Resources:
 
History of the Stairlift   •   A Stairlift Buyers Guide   •   Guide to Modern Stairlifts   •   Features of a Stairlift   •   Options for a Stairlift   •   State and Local Jurisdiction Safety Codes   •   Health Issues with Stairs   •   Falling Down Stairs   •   Doctors Advice about Stairlifts   •   A Stairlift Glossary of Terms   •   Stairlift Manufacturer Reviews   •   Stairlift Model Reviews   •   A New Stairlift vs a Used Stairlift   •   Certified Pre-owned Stairlifts   •   A Good Used Stairlift   •   Advice from the Experts   •   Certified Stairlift Installers   •   Certified Stairlift Technicians   •   Safety Tips About Stairlifts   •   Safety Tips to Avoid Falling Down Stairs   •   How Stairlifts Help Users and Care Givers   •   Growth of the Stairlift Industry   •   Should I Move or Stay in My Home?   •   What is the Cost Benefit of Owning a Stairlift?   •   Will a Stairlift Make My Life Safer?   •   Will a Stairlift Make Life Easier?   •   Will a Stairlft Help Me Regain My Independence?      
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