Stair lifts are pieces of equipment that provide safe navigation of stairs for individuals with compromised mobility. Stair chairs provide independence to those with mobility issues that they would not otherwise enjoy. Mobile Stair Lifts in Pittsburgh PA are chairs that travel up and down staircases on a rail via a rack and pinion system.
One should consider installing a stair lift if they or a loved one, are at high risk of falling when going up or down stairs. Indications that a stair lift might be appropriate include a fear of navigating stairs due to the potential of falling, a doctor has advised the use of one due to medical concerns or issues such as the history of stroke or heart attacks, debilitating arthritis, and medications that impact vision or balance.
Chair lifts are installed on both straight and curved staircases. A straight stair lift is used for those staircases without curves or turns. Curved stair lifts are designed to provide uninterrupted transport regardless of the stair’s configuration. Curved chair lifts require custom-designed rails to properly navigate staircases with turns, landings, and curves.
Other features to consider with Mobile Stair Lifts in Pittsburgh PA include safety features and ease of use.
• Safety -; A chair lift should come with a battery backup in the event of power failures. How frightening it would be to have the power go out in mid-travel potentially stranding an individual that may live alone. Sensors that automatically cease the chair’s motion if objects are blocking its path. Safety belts may be added upon request as well.
• Ease of Use -; Controls should be easy for the occupant to reach and to use. Swivel seats that permit the rider to safely place their feet on the floor are standard on most units. Remove control devices that allow the chair to be called when needed are standard on some chair lifts. Remote control is ideal for homes where the chair is used by more than one person, especially if the chair is at the top of the stairs, and the person needing it is at the bottom.
A stair lift, like those installed by Mcardlesurgical.com, are installed and ready to use within a few hours. The rails of chair lift are installed on the stairs themselves and not the wall, which provides greater support. When not in use the seat folds up to allow a wide path on the stairs.