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When Is It The Right Time To Install A Stair Lift?

The answer to the question posed by this week’s blog title can partially be addressed by asking another question. How much do you care about the safety of your elderly loved one? We imagine that the obvious answer is “very much”. As a result, now is likely the right time to consider installing a stair lift in your home.

If you live with an older adult or individual with mobility issues, you undoubtedly place his/her safety at the top of your priority list. With a stair lift in your home, you eliminate the risk of a dangerous slip and fall down the stairs. A stair lift enables your loved one to safely glide up and down the stairs. It requires no home modification to install. As well, it folds up to park out of the way when not in use. This allows easy access to others who need to use the stairs.

What is involved in preparing and installing a stair lift?

There are stair lifts designed for both straight and curved staircases. Clearly, one of the most important things to consider is the type of staircase that the stair lift will be affixed to. Next, it’s vital to know the length of the staircase. An accurate measurement is the length between the landing at the top of the stairs and the floor at the bottom. You also want to be aware of the type of railing that accompanies the staircase. Is it on the right or the left from the bottom looking up?

In addition, before installing a stair lift, it’s important to plan for dealing with obstacles. For example, is there a door at either the top or bottom of the staircase? As well, the stair lift user’s height should be considered. In some cases, he/she may require a rail extension with a limiter. It’s wise to have the stair lift installed as close to the wall as possible to leave space for others to pass by on the stairs.

In what scenario might it be more practical to buy a recycled stair lift?

As Advantage Home Health Solutions, we provide less expensive recycled stair lifts when available. Our team has many years of experience with stair lifts both new and used. Age is seldom a factor. We make it a point to only buy back stair lifts that are in excellent condition. This is done for both safety reasons and to minimize repair time.

However, even if a stair lift is in tip top shape, we never buy it back or sell it unless we have complete access to the original manufacturer’s technical support and parts department. We also provide a full 90-day warranty on all recycled stair lifts we sell. For cost-conscious individuals, a recycled stair lift is an ideal choice.

Rental units are also good options for those who may require stair lifts for short periods of time.  In some cases, caregivers need to make decisions for loved ones who are nearing the ends of their lives. Purchases over rentals aren’t necessarily sensible or practical in such scenarios.

How will you know to choose the stair lift that is right for your home?

At Advantage Home Health Solutions, we have a large number of stair lifts currently in stock that are ready for either rent or sale. We always ensure that you have the complete picture to make an informed decision. You will know all of the possible options so you can choose which solution is best for you. To learn more about our stair lifts, please don’t hesitate to 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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