Sunday, 24 August 2008

Handicap Stair Lifts

When it comes to purchasing any kind of handicap stair lifts, there are certain factors which need to be taken into consideration in order that you make the right choice.

By choosing the wrong type of handicap stair lift could not only mean it is uncomfortable but it may well also be dangerous for the person who needs to use it. In this article I will be taking a closer look at some of the key points you should take into consideration when choosing the right kind of stair lift for a person with a handicap.

1. The extent of the person’s disability or handicap

First of all you need to look to see if the person who will be using the stair lift can actually lift themselves in or out of their wheelchair and on to the seat on the stair lift? Plus can they actually stand without placing too much weight on to their own two feet without too many problems? If the answer to either of these two questions is no and cannot actually independently transfer themselves from the wheelchair to the stair lift or the other way round, then you may want to consider purchasing something else instead, may be an elevator would be a better way of allowing them access to the upper floors in their homes.

2. Can they hold down a button?

A lot of modern handicap stair lifts need the person using it to be able to press and then hold down a button which then sends the device up an down the stairs. If they are not able to carry out this simple function, then you may need to look for another device which they can use instead of one of these kinds of stair lifts.

3. Do they have control over their upper body?

Anyone who wishes to use such a stair lift must have some kind of control over their upper body. If they do not then they will not be able to sit on the chair of the stair lift safely and may find that they begin to slip or slide as the lift begins to move.

4. Does it come with a safety belt system?

More of the newer models of handicap stair lifts that are available today are fitted with a safety belt. However if you are trying to safe money and looking to purchase a used one then you should check before you make your purchase that it comes with a safety belt system. If it does not, then see if you can get one fitted to it.

Yet even if the seat does already have a seat belt fitted to it is also important that you check it is in good condition and still works.

It is important you keep the above 4 points in mind when buying a handicap stair lift.

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