Monday, 8 September 2008

Choosing the Right Stair Lift

If you are someone who suffers from arthritis or other health problems that make walking difficult, then it is very likely that you have difficulty using the stairs. Going up and down the stair case can put a very big strain on your knees and other joints. Falls down the stairs are also one of the most common types of accidents that occur in those that are over the age of 65. One of the best ways to allow free movement up and down the stairs and to prevent falls is to invest in a stair lift.

There are several different designs of stair lifts available, but they typically work by attaching a solid metal track to the staircase. A chair or small platform is then sent up and down the stairs as it carries a single individual. Stair lifts that use a small platform are called perch lifts and ones that use a chair are called stair chairs. Only a few models are available that feature a perch in place of a chair, but some people who cannot bend their knee find that a perch lift is better choice for them.

If you have a straight staircase, then a stair lift can be installed easily in a few hours and is very inexpensive. Many of today's stair lifts are battery powered, which ensures that even if the power goes out, you will still be able to use the stair lift. Battery powered stair lifts, like some of the ones that are produced by AmeriGlide, must still be plugged into a regular outlet. These battery powered lifts are constantly charging at any position along the track. Some older models had required that you always remember to 'park' your stair chair in a specific place in order to charge it, but models made by AmeriGlide and most other manufacturers do not require this.

Determining what type of stair chair to purchase will depend on several factors. One of the most important considerations is the weight requirements of the user. Most AmeriGlide lifts will support 300 pounds, but there are several heavy duty lifts to choose from as well. In addition to supporting more weight, a heavy duty stair chair also typically has a reinforced chair that is wider and has extra strong armrests. The AmeriGlide heavy duty lift is one of the most dependable available and can support up to 500 pounds. It can span distances of up to 20 feet and this model is slightly different than most because the rider is actually facing down the stairs when in motion. It features a 180 degree swivel seat, so when it is time to exit the lift at the top of the stairs, the rider can safely do so.

If you have difficulty using the stairs than it may be tempting to stop using the stairs and to avoid a large section of your home. A quality stair lift, such as those made by AmeriGlide, will provide a much safer and better alternative that is cost effective and will last a lifetime.

Sean Noughtly is a writer and contributor for If you would like to learn more about heavy duty stair lifts or other types of stair lifts, visit AmeriGlide today.

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