Perching Stairlifts

There are many different types of stairlifts available and it is of vital importance that you are able to select the one that is right for you.  The three main types of stairlifts are:
  • Seated stairlifts
  • Standing stairlifts
  • Perching stairlifts

What are Perching Stairlifts?

Perching stairlifts are equipped with a small platform whereby the user can be moved up and down the stairs in a perching position (in between standing and sitting).  Generally, the user faces away from the wall with these types of stairlifts.  Perching stairlifts also come equipped with hand rails, meaning the user is perfectly balanced and safe.

Perching stairlifts are mainly use by those who have issues with bending, such as those who have recently had a hip operation.  A great advantage of perching stairlifts is that they are very small, allowing them to be installed on narrow staircases as well as leaving sufficient room for those who do not need to use a stairlift.

There are some safety issues with perching stairlifts, as they do pose an increased risk of injury due to trips or falls and are hence not advised for people who also have visual impairments, or those who have illnesses such as dementia.

The Other Option - Seated Stairlifts

A seated stairlift, or stair chair, is very different from a perching stairlift.  They are the most commonly found type of stairlift available on the market today and come with a chair that moves up and down the rails on a staircase.  Many offer additional features for increased comfort, such as padded seats or expanding back support.  Most models also come with swivel options, meaning that the chair can be swivelled to the landing or floor once dismounting or getting on the seat.  Of course, the chair will lock into place once it is being used.

Seated stairlifts take up a lot more space than perching stairlifts, but they do offer the added benefit of being more safe and secure. 

Option 3 - Standing Stairlifts

Standing stairlifts are quite close to perching stairlifts.  These provide you with a platform on which a user stands to move up and down the stairs.  In the case of standing stairlifts, the user generally faces the wall and only has hand rails to hold on to.  These are only suited for those who have issues with bending their joints but who do have a very good sense of balance.  They are more often recommended to those who have short term mobility issues, such as a broken leg, rather than to the elderly and infirm.

There are many other types of stairlifts available besides standing, seated and perching stairlifts.  There are also platform stairlifts, for example that are very large and allow access to a full wheelchair and user.  This means that they are made of more durable materials that are able to carry heavier loads. 

What is the most important thing to remember, however, is that whether you are looking for a platform stairlift, a standing stairlift, a seated stairlift or a perching stairlift, they are all designed to improve the quality of life of those who have mobility issues.

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