Having a stairlift in your home - An Impartial guide

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The hinged rail option is available from most suppliers but the cost and quality can vary greatly. Seek independent advice and consider if you would be able to fold the rail manually or if you would require powered operation. Most people do need  the powered version as the mechanism can be quite heavy. Unfortunately these options will add to the cost of the lift .

The only other option is to stop the rail of the lift short, to prevent it protruding as far into the hallway. This might make getting off the lift dangerous and is not an ideal solution by any means. Again you must seek advice, preferably from an occupational therapist. Also take into account that while you may be able to use the lift this way in the short term you may find it impossible in the future. Some companies may not consider it an option as they feel there is too much risk involved.

Parking positions

On curved stairlifts parking positions can be fairly flexible. On straight lifts however, they are normally parked either at the bottom, (taking up a space of about 700 mm (27") from the first step), or at the top. A common belief is that the lift continues along the landing at the top. This is not the case, the chair will still be on the staircase. If you have a  hinged track, there may be a parking point part way up the stairs. Obviously if the chair is parked on the stairs it will restrict the space available for others using the stairs. Most stairlifts fold up to a width of 300-375mm (12-15"). If there are small children in the house or others using the stairs, a narrow folded dimension is desirable

Weight Limits

Most stairlifts have a maximum capacity of between 18 and 21 stones,  however some have heavy duty options of up to 28 stones. This option will add to the price of the lift but is essential for ensuring safe and reliable use. You must make sure that you don't exceed the weight limit for the model that you choose.

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