Aging, mobility issues and loss of independence often make people think of moving out their multi-level home. By adding a stairlift to their residence, they wouldn’t have to do so. This motorized seat with its accompanying track attached to the staircase allows users to access the different levels of a house easily, safely and comfortably. However, while this accessibility device is a practical and cost-effective solution in homes that do not have space for an elevator, most people are uncertain when it comes to choosing one for their home. Here are some of the key features to look for in a stairlift:
- There are different types of stairlifts designed to meet varying needs. If sitting is a challenge, choose a model that allows you to perch as you ride up and down the stairs
- If you want your lift to be installed quickly, choose one with a simple design. Compared to lifts for straight stairs, curved stairlifts are more complex, and need to be customized. They may involve structural modifications and take longer to set up.
- Choose a model with a slim design of space on the stairs is limited. Fold-away seat design would allow other people to use the stairs easily. Harmar’s SL600 Pinnacle is a good example. It folds to occupy just 11″ of staircase width, making it one of the slimmest and most light-weight stair chair lifts currently available.
- For a comfortable ride, choose a model with a cushioned, ergonomic adjustable seat and adjustable footrest and armrest.
- If you or your loved one has dexterity issues, make sure that the device is user-friendly. All the models offered by leading manufacturers such as Bruno, Savaria, Harmar, and Acorn Stairlifts are easy to use. Most come with remote control options that allow the lift to be moved easily from one level to another.
- If you are purchasing the device for your outdoor staircase, ensure that it is rust-proof and can withstand the weather conditions you live in.
- If power interruptions are frequent in your area, choose a model with a DC drive.
- Check out safety devices – these can range from the standard seat belt to overspeed brake, bidirectional footrest obstruction, footrest and carriage safety sensors, swivel seat, cut-off switch, final limits, and much more.
Last but not least, consider the company from which you buy your stair chair lift. If you live in New York or New Jersey, it would not be difficult to find a reliable supplier. Choose a licensed company that will provide a free site inspection, guidance to choose the right model, customized, fast installation and dedicated maintenance support.