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Managing Stairs: The Stair Lift

You do not need to have aging infirmities or be a wheelchair user to be faced with a challenge when negotiating stairs.  Leg or back injuries can also make stair climbing painful if not impossible.  One of the best options for handling the stairways found both inside your home and out is a stair lift.
Stair lifts are chairs that ride on a rail up and down a staircase.  While stair lifts are usually not practical for wheelchair users, they are ideal for those with strength, balance, respiratory or cardiac problems.  The user approaches the chair, sits down, presses the button and off they go. 
There are many models of stair lifts but they all have basically the same features and operate the same way.  A standard installation involves bolting a rail to the stair treads (not the wall), attaching a chair to the rail, and mounting call/send switches at both the top and bottom of the staircase.
There are many different types of stair lifts: straight rail stair lifts, curved rail stair lifts, indoor as well as outdoor stair lifts.  They can be purchased new or used.  
Stair lifts can be built for staircases with outside or inside curves and can also be set up to handle flat landings with turns.  Most stair lifts have a seat belt, locking swivel seats and safety switches which will stop the unit's travel if the stair lift comes in contact with obstacles, pets or people. Some manufacturers have folding hinged tracks that allow the track to fold out of the way when the stair lift is not being used.  The illustration below shows various workable configurations for stair lift equipment.  Basically they can be set up to work with any staircase.
Stair lifts are no longer bulky pieces of equipment but rather have been redesigned to be as unobtrusive as possible and to fit in with your decor. You can now choose seat styles ranging from traditional to modern and select between upholstery fabrics and colors.  
The costs of stair lifts vary and can range from about $1,500.00 to $3,000.00 for straight units and $5,000.00 to $20,000.00 for curved units.Stair lifts can also be rented for those whose physical condition is likely to deteriorate in the foreseeable future to the point where accessing the seat becomes impossible, or if you only need a short term solution. To be able to use a stair lift the user needs to be able to stand at least well enough to do a standing transfer on and off the seat at the top and bottom of the stairs.
Do your research first to determine those features you’d like – it’s easy enough to get manufacturer’s information and general pricing online.  Once you’ve found a company that installs the product you like, you can ask for their assistance in determining the appropriate configuration for your specific situation.
 Susan Luxenberg
 HomeSmart LLC

17 Comments to Managing Stairs: The Stair Lift:

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Straight Stairlifts on Saturday, February 2, 2013 5:13 AM
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Stairlifts on Wednesday, February 6, 2013 5:30 AM
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stairlift reviews on Monday, June 10, 2013 7:19 AM
The first thing you should get from the forum is a checklist before starting the stairlift installation. Owners should follow the checklist closely as it will ensure that the installation process will proceed smoothly.
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Sell My House Quickly London on Friday, July 26, 2013 3:27 AM
This stair lift is really the coolest thing for people.
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Li @ Leinster Stairlifts on Thursday, September 19, 2013 6:55 AM
Yup! A stair lift is such an amazing thing which helps a lot to the old age persons. I use it and want to say that your post is so much informative. I enjoy it!
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aditya builders on Friday, September 27, 2013 4:28 AM
Hi, I would like to thank you for the efforts you have put in writing this blog.
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EasyLift Cargo Lifts on Thursday, January 30, 2014 2:16 AM
Good option for the people which are suffering from enfeeblement and debility as the elevator system in homes can make their life very easy.
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Beach Cargo Lifts on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 6:50 AM
Really Stair lifts are a practical and economical solution for people who face mobility and accessibility problems within their own homes.
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House Lifts on Thursday, March 27, 2014 5:33 AM
Your article can inspire someone to do something that will be beneficial for many people.Thank you.
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Jameson Medical on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 7:53 AM
It is such a wonderful post.Stair lifts are great for any home and also it resolves the mobility and moving problems without any difficulty.Stair lift installation doesn't require any structural modification of Stairs.
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Beach Cargo Lifts on Monday, May 12, 2014 1:04 AM
Good technology for residential customers now and stair lift system is great mobility option for the old age and those who are not able to move frequently.
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Cargo Lift on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 5:59 AM
These are easy and modern way of house transportation and also a good option for to move goods freely.
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McCall Hazelson on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 6:33 PM
Getting a stair lift can be a big step in any home. When you decide to invest in one, it can open up a whole new world, the upstairs. I know when my grandma got a lift put in her home, she was so excited, she didn't come back downstairs for 3 days.
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Residential Elevators on Friday, February 19, 2016 5:47 AM
The stair lifts are now available in different variations and they can be used for any number of stairs according to requirements. These lifts are a real boon for the elderly.
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Stair Lifts on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 6:21 AM
After surgery or injury a stairlift can be helpful for loved once.
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Stair Lifts on Friday, August 3, 2018 6:38 AM
Hi Susan, it is very nice to have an stairlift in your home and if you have a multi-story home it is a necessity.
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