Stairlifts are a great invention for allowing people with limited mobility to remain in their homes. For the young and mobile, racing up and down stairs is something that is done without a second thought, but even a small step can be extremely difficult for someone who has difficulty walking and is completely impossible for someone in a wheelchair. Fortunately, if you have a home in Exeter, installing a stairlift to help you navigate your home has never been easier. All stairlifts will be attached to your staircase, so there will be no damage to your walls or to other parts of your home.
The mechanical operation of a stairlift
Almost all stairlifts will operate using an electric motor. This means that, apart from installing the rails, a power supply needs to be readily available. When the chair is operated, it is pulled along the rails on a series of rollers. It will be pulled either by a wire or a chain. Most find that the ride is very easy and smooth.
When thinking of installing a stairlift, it’s always better to find a local partner. Not only is it important for a representative to visit your home to take measurements and to arrange for installation, but there is also the maintenance of the stairlift. As it is, most chairs provide an emergency battery to ensure that the chair is operational during a power outage, but it could happen that there is mechanical failure as well. If this happens, you should ensure that the installing company is close by so that you can receive immediate 24/7 attention. Click here to get more details.
The various designs of stairlifts
If you need a stairlift outside your home, it is possible to have a weather-resistant chair installed. Both the rails and the power supply will be modified to ensure that they are operational all year round. The rails on which the chair moves can be manufactured according to the measurements of your staircase. If the stairs are straight, this will make installing the track easier, and installation could occur within 24 hours. There is also no problem with a curved staircase or even a home that is built on multiple levels, as the tracks can be specifically manufactured to fit the design. Even wheelchair lifts are available, which operate in a similar way, but substitute a platform for a chair. Depending on the stairlift you select, you would be able to choose the colour and fabric of the seat.
If obesity is the issue that has led to limited mobility, you would need to check with a company representative, as it’s possible to increase the load that the chair can carry. In most instances, the average load catered for is between 200 and 400 pounds. Should this weight be exceeded, there are other options available.
Having a stairlift installed in your Exeter home may mean that you’re able to safely navigate all parts of the house. Call A2B Stairlifts Ltd to arrange to meet with a consultant for a free consultation.