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Stair Lift Features

Are you considering a stair lift for your home? If so, you need to be aware of the features that your investment will come with. Keep in mind that not all stair lifts come with every feature that you saw on the internet. Some can be operated by rechargeable batteries while others rely on director power to operate them. Other features that should be taken into consideration include the following –

Call Station

This is basically a unit that is located away from the stair lift. Located at the bottom and top of a stair way a call station allows you to “call” a stair lift upstairs or downstairs. A user can call the stair lift at the top or bottom of a staircase in order to use it. You can also get on the seat and have someone else operate the call station for you. You can opt for a stair lift that has a call station that is wired to it or a portable one that uses infrared or radio signals to operate it.

Adjustable Seat Height

You may need a stair lift that allows you to adjust the height of the seat in order to accommodate the height of the person who is going to use it. This can be a useful feature especially of the user uses a wheelchair. The adjustable seat makes it possible for him or her to transfer into a wheelchair easily. In addition, an adjustable seat also is also a useful feature if the user is advised not to sit with their knees above their hips after a hip replacement.

Battery or Main Powered?

Most stair lifts are operated by rechargeable batteries. If you are concerned that a power outage may leave a user stranded a stair lift that is operated by an independent battery may be your best bet especially if you experience a lot of power outages. The typical battery will last you about three to four years depending on its make and model. Make sure that it comes with a warranty and that the battery is always plugged in to enable recharging.

Swivel Seats

These types of seats can swivel at the top and bottom of a stairway. In this way, you can swivel the chair away from the stairs and sit in the seat easily. The feature allows users more space to maneuver towards the stair lift to sit and get back off when they reach the top or bottom of a staircase.

While swivel seats are standard additions to stair lifts you can opt for one that is either manually or electronically powered. A powered swivel seat allows you to turn it with the help of a lever or switch. In a manual seat you will need to sit and twist your body to make the seat turn in the direction you want it to go. The former is a great option for disabled or elderly individuals who cannot move their bodies enough to twist a seat manually.

It is your personal circumstances and requirements that will determine the type of stair lift that you ultimately choose. Make sure that you keep all the mentioned features in mind before you commit to any particular model.