Wheelchair Stair Lifts

Installing stair lifts in a home is a great way to enable people suffering from reduced mobility to be able to access all of their rooms and floors once again, stopping them from being a prisoner in their own home.  Stair lifts are also often installed in public buildings, to enable disabled people to access all the different floors.  This is particularly relevant in older buildings, which are often not equipped with ramps on the outside or lifts on the inside.  However, stair lifts are generally of such a size that people need to either sit or stand on them.  For people in wheelchairs, on the other hand, specially adapted stair lifts need to be made, known as platform or wheelchair stair lifts.

What Are the Drive Systems on Wheelchair Stair Lifts?

Wheelchair stair lifts operate on one of three different drive mechanisms.  These are:

  • Vertical
  • Inclined
  • Portable
They are then powered by one of three drive systems, or a combination of all three:

  • A belt driven ball screw that is battery powered
  • A belt driven ball screw that is powered by A/C
  • A battery driven by hydraulics

How Do Wheelchair Stair Lifts Work?

Wheelchair stair lifts have large platforms that are able to fit a wheelchair.  These platforms lock securely into position once the stair lift starts to move.  A rail is fixed to the wall and the stair lift moves up and down along this rail.  With certain types of wheelchair stair lifts, the platform can be folded to allow those without any mobility issues access to the stairs.  Others are often placed to the side of a staircase, and cannot be folded away.

A chain that has a back up drive system that is electrically powered will pull wheelchair stair lifts up and down the stairs.

Wheelchair stair lifts always have safety measures installed to ensure the wheelchair user has no risk of falling off the platform during movement.  Some of these features include:

  • Under pan sensors
  • Automatic brakes
  • Locks
Of course, wheelchair stair lifts have to be regularly serviced and maintained to ensure continuity of safety as well.

In order to use wheelchair stair lifts, a user firstly has to ensure the platform is on their level.  Many wheelchair stair lifts have gates for safety and once these are opened, the wheelchair can be placed on the platform.  Once the gates have been locked again, a button is pushed which makes the platform travel to the desired level.  This is all done automatically at the push of a button.

As you can see, even those who do not have any ability to walk anymore and are confined to a wheelchair are able to access all the levels of their homes as well as public buildings that often offer essential services.  Wheelchair stair lifts, in other words, are an essential item to have in any area that needs to be accessible to wheelchair users.  As an organisation, having wheelchair stair lifts installed also demonstrates a full commitment to equality and diversity issues.

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