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Wheelchair Stair Lift

In this post, I want to take a look at the wheelchair stair lift, which is a similar device to the regular stair chair lift but designed for use by wheelchair users in particular. While this type of stair lift is more specifically sized to accommodate wheelchairs, it can be used by anyone needing the services of a stairlift.

This amazing device then works on the same principal as the stairway chair lift in that there is a base unit where the user sits in their wheel chair, a rail that rides along the stair risers and a mechanical device for moving the base unit up and down the stairs.

The wider base unit has a flat base that a wheelchair can easily be wheeled onto when in its resting position at the bottom (or top) of the staircase. Some have a swivel base that allows the wheelchair to be backed onto it and then it swivels 90 degrees so the user rides up or down the stairs with their back to the wall, which is a more comfortable way of going rather than backwards.

When you get to the top of the stairs, the unit then swivels so that you simply wheel off in a forward direction. This of course is the most natural and comfortable way which means less stress or concern over the possibility of accidents happening.

The swivel base unit always locks in position when ready to accept the wheelchair at the top or bottom of the stairs, then again when it is in its riding position. So there is no chance the user can move about once the unit is in motion, or when the user is getting on or off.

Installation of the device should always be carried out by professional installers otherwise the manufacturer’s warranty may be invalidated by an unqualified person carrying out installation. Professional installers know what they are doing and their work will be guaranteed by the manufacturer as well as be in compliance with your home insurance.

This knowledge is liberating and the very least a person with disabilities should come to expect from a life with the tools and devices that are available today. The usage that a wheelchair user will get out of this device is truly freedom making where before they would have been restricted to the ground floor of their home which is not a particularly nice situation to be forced to endure.

But with a good quality wheelchair enabled stair lift installed they now have access to all of their home that they can enjoy in the manner that they always should.


Handicap Stair Lift

When you live in a building with two or more floors and have mobility issues, getting up and down the stairs can be difficult, painful and in some cases simply impossible without assistance. That’s where a handicap stair lift comes to the rescue. With one of these innovative home stair lifts installed on your stairway, the problems associated with climbing stairs are removed from your life.

That’s because a chair lift for stairs takes all the difficulty out of the frequent need to access different rooms in your house, especially the bathroom if its located on the first floor. It may also be that you need to get to and from the bedrooms that are also located on the first floor, or even higher if you have more than one additional floor in your home.

A residential stair lift works on quite a simple principle of a chair fixed to a base unit that runs on small wheels or rollers along a guide rail that is fixed to the stair risers to take the weight. The chair faces sideways, or outwards from the wall to which it is closest and when it reaches the top, or bottom, can be swiveled round to face the user so that getting on and off is easy, especially at the top of the stairs where facing the landing makes it very safe to get on or off. The chair is also locked in position when getting on or off and again when it is swiveled back into its operating position so that there is no movement that would frighten the user.

They are quite economical to run as electric stair chairs do not use much power for their short journey up or down the staircase. Once installed by a qualified installer, the disabled stair lifts are certified safe and have warranties for maintenance and repair.

Stairway chair lifts are an excellent investment if you are finding it increasingly difficult to climb the stairs in your home as the simplicity and ease of use of a handicap stair lift is pure genius and innovation. Don’t go on suffering in silence any more, find out more about these marvels of ingenuity and consider relieving yourself of that unnecessary burden in your life.


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