Standing Stair lifts

As we get older we will not know what ailments we will have and it is not always easy to plan ahead and decide on the sort of surroundings we will live in. There are not enough bungalows for all the people who would benefit from living in one plus many people will not want to move out of their family home if there is a way to adapt it to suit their needs.

Stair lifts make it much easier for people to get up and down stairs and can save untold pain and fear. Knowing that weak muscles may give way and lead to a fall or an inability to bend a leg properly will cause you to lose your footing makes going up and down stairs something to be avoided.

Using a Standing Stair Lift

There is no need to have to live permanently on one level as stair lifts can be fitted to many houses. At one time if a flight of stairs was too narrow they were not suitable for a lift but now there are different types of stair lift. Narrow stairs or difficulties bending the leg will mean that a seated stair lift is not suitable and there will need to be another type used.

In cases like this the best option will be a standing stair lift. It will not take up as much room and there will not be the problems getting on and off. There will also be less fear about using it as there is less chance that you will overbalance and fall once you reach the top of the stairs. On the way up or down you may not feel very secure on a moving item, but on the standing lifts, there are handrails so as long as you are able to grip the bars securely, you will be safe.

One concern is that the power may fail while you are on the way up or down stairs, and at one time this may have been a problem. Nowadays the lifts are not only run from electricity but have a battery backup in case there is a power failure.

Checking Suitability of a Standing Stair Lift

Before the lift is fitted, there are a number of things that the company will check. One major concern for a standing lift is the height of the person using it. If the stairs are not very open, there will be an area where there may not be enough headroom. The second issue will be with houses where the staircase is not straight but has a landing with a few more stairs to the left or the right. If it is not possible to walk up and down those few stairs there will be a platform that can bridge the gap between the lift and the landing, which will mean you just walk in a straight line.

As with all stair lifts, there will be the need to consider the effect this will have on other members of the family. They need to be able to get up and down without falling over the runners. If the user is partially sighted the lift has a bleeper that will let you know you are at the top or bottom of the stairs. This is most helpful if the lift does jam, as you won't get out half way up the stairs thinking your trip is over.

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