Disabled Stair Lifts

Stair lifts are incredibly important for people with limited mobility.  The type of stair lift that is applicable to each set of stairs depends on the shape of the stair case (whether it is straight or not) and on the location of the stair case (whether it is indoors or outdoors).  The seating options of stair lifts are as follows:

  • Seated stair lifts are for those who are able to walk with some aid.  There generally is room on such a stair lift for a walking stick, but if the user requires the help of a walking frame, one should be kept on both ends of the stair lift as they cannot be carried upstairs.
  • Standing stair lifts are used by standing on a platform facing the wall.  These are more suitable for people that have bending issues and are unable to quickly move into a seating position.
  • Perched stair lifts are used by facing away from the wall and perching in between a seating and standing position.  This type of stair lift also comes with lower back support.
  • Wheel chair stair lifts or disabled stair lifts are the only stair lifts that can be used by people who are fully disabled and are unable to walk.

Why Use Disabled Stair Lifts?

Disabled stair lifts are mainly used in public buildings, such as theatres, Town Halls and post offices.  These types of buildings are often old and do not have any wheel chair ramps or have high stairs and no elevators.  For those who do not have the ability to walk, disabled stair lifts are the most useful solution that does not require any tremendous structural changes to the building.

Disabled stair lifts are generally not used within people’s homes, as they do require a lot of space, including a platform that is large enough to carry a wheel chair.  Generally, if a person has become wheel chair bound, there are no other solutions but to move into a home that only has a single floor, unfortunately.

Disabled stair lifts are also quite expensive, mainly due to the amount of materials they require in their production as well as because of the mechanics involved in them.  Disabled stair lifts are mainly used in public buildings and need to be able to function even during a power cut.  Due to this they require specialised battery packs.  This is due to the fact that the proprietor of a public building has a responsibility towards the health and safety of anyone that enters the building, meaning they need to be able to escape in case of an emergency.  Hence, a disabled stair lift should always be present next to a fire exit.  In general, all stair lifts are able to run on a battery pack, but this is especially important in disabled stair lifts.

As you can see, disabled stair lifts are used mainly in commercial and public buildings and allow those that are in wheel chairs to still access vital services.

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