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When Is A Stair Lift An Ideal Mobility Solution?

Mobility issues make it so that tasks that were once regular parts of our every day become difficult and even dangerous. Walking up a flight of steps can easily be placed in that category of tasks. For those who have difficulty walking and who may require a wheelchair to get around, climbing stairs is pretty much out of the question. It’s best to err on the side of caution, of course. Playing it safe is always your best bet.

What is the safest way for an individual with mobility issues to ascend stairs?

At Advantage Home Health Solutions, we highly recommend the stair lift. There simply is no more effective solution for providing both safety and ease for those who need to get upstairs and downstairs in their homes. This is especially true for individuals who may not always be in the presence of caregivers. If he or she can walk but has trouble climbing up and down flights of stairs, a stair lift is an ideal solution.

How do stair lifts work?

Also known as stair chairs, stair lifts are motorized chairs that are installed along the sides of stair cases. They allow users to bypass the act of walking up or down stairs by simply taking a seat instead. The stair lift safely ascends and descends up and down stairs with the user seated comfortably in the chair. Stair lifts help those with mobility issues to easily access multiple floors, if necessary.

They also work with any set of stairs, whether they are straight or curved. This helps for those in need of help getting upstairs and downstairs to relieve themselves of the concerns that they may need to relocate to homes that have only one floor. Stair lifts give back senses of independence to those who feel like their mobility issues are keeping them trapped in sections of their homes.

“Stairlifts can provide a great deal of freedom and independence, and can mean that there’s no need to move house to a bungalow, or build an extension, or convert other rooms in the house,” confirms, “A stairlift can be fitted quickly and easily in a few hours so that the inconvenience is minimal, and you can regain the use of all the rooms in the house.”

What factors should be considered before installing your stair lift?

There is a number of important considerations when deciding to install a stair lift in your home. The most important one is the ability to transfer onto and off of the seat safely. Naturally, a user’s safety is of primary importance. Whether the staircase is straight or curved is also a major factor in determining the right stair lift to install. Uninterrupted staircases are ideal for straight stair lifts. It’s also an ideal solution if there is a landing and the user has no issues with transferring.

However, if the staircase is curved, this will change the type of stair lift a user needs. As points out, when choosing a stair lift, you should also address “such subjects as whether you are left or right handed, whether you can lift your feet to step height, whether you have difficulties getting out of a chair at normal height, and the nature of the problem causing problems getting up and downstairs.”

There are, of course, a few other things to consider including the presence of walls, doors, openings and handrails on or around the staircase. We will address these and other considerations in a future blog, so be sure to keep visiting our website! However, we’d be happy to answer any questions you may have about the stair lifts that Advantage Home Health Solutions has to offer directly. Please don’t hesitate to contact us to ask them.

Give us a call at 403-460-5438. You may also email us by filling out the form on our Contact Page!

Stairlift | FAQ’s

What's the minimum width for a stair lift?

There are no specific width requirements to install a stairlift. All stairs in Canada are built to specific codes and standard widths, which we know will permit the installation of some type of stairlift. There are no renovations required; we install the stairlift in the space you have and based on your specific requirements. You do not have to remove handrails for a stairlift installation.

What's the average cost of a stair lift?

Many factors can influence the price of a stairlift such as number of stairs, curves, stopping points, nearby availability of power sources. We will always determine the most suitable, safe and cost effective solution for your specific needs.

Some of the price ranges for stairlifts can be found on our website. You may also qualify for funding

Do you carry anything similar to acorn chair lifts for stairs?

We carry both straight and curved stairlifts for various types of settings. What’s important to note is we have a PhotoSurvey system to assist us with exact measurements of your stairs. This system helps us in perfecting your stairlift installation and will ensure a safe, smooth and always complete ride up the stairs.

We are sure to have a model of stairlift suitable for your needs, safety and budgetary requirements.

Is it possible to install a stair lift myself?

If you have a bit of construction or technical, engineering type background, it’s possible. But there are a number of factors that would probably influence you NOT to do the installation yourself.

On the YES side:

If it’s a straight stairlift, it’s possible:

  • If there’s a supplier (manufacturer or dealer) willing to support you with installation questions.
  • If you have a bit of technical knowledge, good measurements and understanding of mathematical information to make the necessary calculations to get the right parts.

On the NO side:

  • It can be a bit complex or confusing. If you don’t have the correct tools for cutting or joining the rails.
  • If you run into an issue after installation (like a breakdown), it may not be covered by warranty.
  • If it involves a stairlift with turns or curves, it’s challenging to ensure the exact measurements that will ensure a perfectly smooth and safe ride.

We are sure to have a model of stairlift suitable for your needs, safety and budgetary requirements.

My stair lift is beeping. What could be wrong?

Here are some possibilities that could explain why your stair lift is beeping:

Power off, receptacle issues, tripped breaker, charger issues, dislodged from the charge strip, connection issue between charger and rail, not in locked position and therefore can’t use remote, seat not in lock position, obstruction, armrests not in down position, some safety issue that needs tending.

If your stair lift needs service, we’re happy to help. Just give us a call and we’ll do our best to help. If it’s not urgent, you can request more information or a service call here.

My stair lift will not move. What could be the problem?

There are several possibilities for a stairlift to not work:

  • key (incorrect position or missing)
  • armrests in the wrong position
  • if it’s not plugged in
  • if  batteries are drained from age or other reasons such as recent power outage.

If this didn’t solve the issue, you may need a service call. Reach out by phone and call 403-460-5438 or request more information about stair lift service here.

How is a stairlift installed?

When installing a stair lift, we’ll be sure to get as close to the wall or railing as possible. We’ll take measurements specific to your stairs and in the event of a curved stair lift, we’ll manufacture a unit specifically for your situation. We’ll mount the stair lift rail directly onto the stair treads.

A stairlift can typically be installed in one afternoon. We’ll always ensure the stair lift installation meets your needs for safety of the user as well as others in the home.

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