Wheelchair Stairlifts

Wheelchair stairlifts help those who are wheelchair bound to remain independent, as well as offering them increased mobility solutions.  Wheelchair stairlifts are commonly referred to as vertical platform lifts.  They are generally much cheaper than lifts, as well as being quicker when it comes to moving up and down between different floors.  In the past, someone who was wheelchair bound would have to be physically carried up the stairs and would then have to be seated into a second wheelchair, or left on a floor or chair whilst a carer would go back downstairs and carry the wheelchair up.  This very uncomfortable and not to mention very dangerous method is now all but eliminated with the use of wheelchair stairlifts.

The Different Types of Wheelchair Stairlifts

Wheelchair stairlifts are available in a variety of different shapes and sizes as well as prices, and can be used both in domestic and commercial properties.  The three main types of wheelchair stairlifts are:

  • DC – which works permanently on a rechargeable battery, meaning that it can operate during a power cut so long as the battery has been charged.
  • AC – which runs on the mains electricity only, meaning that they are unable to function if there is a power cut
  • Combined AC/DC – which run mainly on the mains electrics, but have a rechargeable battery as back up
Wheelchair stairlifts offer a very comfortable and smooth ride.

Where to Use Wheelchair Stairlifts

There are many places where wheelchair stairlifts are regularly used, such as:

  • Hospitals
  • Schools
  • Offices
  • Shops
  • Care homes
  • Domestic properties

Features of Wheelchair Stairlifts

There are many features that are included with wheelchair stairlifts, some of which are optional extras to further increase comfort and user friendliness.  Some of these features include:

  • A remote control to call for the stairlift.  These are generally installed with a key lock, meaning only authorised people are able to use it.
  • The ability to carry heavier loads as they are constructed with heavy duty materials (standard load carrying ability is 340 kilograms)
  • Different types of drive systems
  • Entry and exit configurations that can be both 90 and 180 degrees
  • Stop buttons for emergency stops
One of the unique features of wheelchair stairlifts is the incredibly sensitive sensors that are included on the platforms.  This means that if an object is detected on the rails, or any other form of obstruction, the platform will stop moving immediately, preventing wheelchair stairlifts from being damaged, but also potentially preventing accidents.  There are also other safety features, such as seat belts and locking positions, to add to the safety and security of the user.

If you are looking at installing wheelchair stairlifts, you may want to visit some manufacturers, where you will more than likely be able to try the different types of wheelchair stairlifts that they produce.  This allows you to find out which stairlift best suits your needs, as some are noisier than others and the movements on some are jerkier than others.  It is also important to request at least three different free no obligation quotations before purchase, so you can ensure you are getting the best possible deal.

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