Stair lifts are great options for those with mobility issues, making it easier for them to get up and down stairs. If your home has two or more stories and you hope to age in place, a stair lift can help you stay in your home as long as you like without having to worry about your safety on the stairs. Because no two people or homes are exactly alike, their stair lifts shouldn't be the same either. Here's a look at some of the most popular accessories and modifications to help you create the perfect stair lift for your unique needs.
Typically, the rails that the stair lift follows extend beyond the top or bottom of the stairs to give the chair a larger range of motion. However, if the top or bottom of your staircase ends in a narrow hallway or near a door, the rails could get in the way, creating a tripping hazard. Folding rails can retract into the rest of the track using either automatic or manual power so that they are out of the way when not in use.
Folding Seats and Footrests
Like the rails, the seat and footrest of your stair lift can get in your way when you are not using them. Foldable seats and footrests make it easy to tuck them back as close to the wall as possible so that they don't take up precious space in your home. Simply lower them back to their original position when you need to use the stair lift again.
Sitting on a narrow seat that moves can sometimes feel a bit precarious, even with armrests holding you in. A wider seat cushion can make your stair lift more comfortable and help you feel more secure while riding.
When you reach the top or bottom of the staircase, you'll have to get out of your stair lift chair safely. Depending on your mobility and balance, this can be a challenging task in and of itself. With a rotating chair, the chair will turn to face away from the stairs when you reach your destination, making it easy to get up safely.
If your stairs have a landing in the middle, you may need to stop there from time to time, like to clean the floor or a nearby window. While most stair lifts stop only at the top and bottom of the stairs, you may have the option of adding additional stops along the way as needed.
To keep the chair for your stair lift out of the way, it is also possible to extend the guide rails beyond the ends of the staircase. This way, you can "park" the chair around the corner from the stairs so that it is out of sight when you are not using it.
Learn More at Progressive Mobility and Medical
Here at Progressive Mobility and Medical, we are proud to provide stair lifts and other medical and mobility equipment for customers throughout the Washington, PA area. We'll be more than happy to help you select the perfect stair lift options to meet your needs. Get in touch with us today to get started.