If you’re the owner of a new stairlift—or if you’re thinking about purchasing or even renting a model—you’ve probably already given some thought to the sort of maintenance and upkeep you’ll need to perform.
When customers ask us for advice about keeping their stair lifts in top working order, we usually begin by suggesting they think of their stair lift just as they would any other piece of expensive machinery, such as an automobile, a lawn mower, or even a dishwasher.
As with those three examples, a stair lift is a complex machine with many moving parts. In order to keep it operating in the same manner it did when you first purchased it, and in order to keep it safe, you need to look after it on a regular basis.
The service techs we employ at PA Stair Lifts are more than capable of performing any sort of maintenance task, no matter how complicated or seemingly insignificant. But throughout the long life of your stair lift, you’ll save a fair bit of money if you get in the habit of servicing your machine on a regular basis.
Performing light maintenance and cleaning every few weeks is generally sufficient. We suggest simply adding the tasks to your regular housecleaning routine. That’s an easy way to turn regular upkeep into a habit.
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Gremlins, Henry VIII and Obese Dogs: 7 Interesting Facts About Stairlifts
Q. Which famous historical figure used an early version of the stairlift?
Q. What iconic ’80s monster movie had a stairlift scene?
Q. How did a stairlift manage to offend fans of a travel website?
Stairlifts are practical, they can even be life-changing, but they’re not exactly “fun.”
Still, they’ve had their moments in the spotlight over the years. Here are a few things you might not know about them.
By most accounts, the first stairlift was used by Henry VIII of England in the mid 1500s. It was really more of a “stairthrone,” used to get the overweight king up and down the steps of Whitehall Palace in London.
For much of his life, Henry was quite athletic. But when he was 44, he suffered a serious leg injury while jousting. His health began to decline, while his weight increased. By the time Henry was in his 50s, he had a 52 inch waist (according to records of his armor).
That’s where the stairthrone – described in royal records as “a chair…that goeth up and down” – comes into play. British documentarian David Starkey found evidence of the chair when researching Henry VIII. He says servants would have used a block and tackle system to lift the king up and down.
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A Handicap Chairlift Can Make Your Life Easier
For most of us, the question of whether or not a building or a home has stairs is something we rarely think about.
But for people who don’t have the full use of their legs, not having access can mean the end of a night out. It can mean they can’t shop in a certain store, or visit a friend’s home.
Older or disabled people can face this kind of hardship on a regular basis in public. There’s no reason they should have to face it at home.
That’s where owning a handicap chairlift—like the ones provided by PA Stairlifts—comes in. It’s a piece of equipment that can change your life in any number of ways. Depending on your situation or that of your loved ones, it can also keep you from having to change your life.
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Comfortable, efficient, and user-friendly, stair lifts make moving up and down the stairs safe and fast for the physically disabled and the aged. While a stair lift is an important part of your home, it can cause severe injury if it ends up in the wrong hands or if it’s poorly handled.
If you have a stair lift in your home or you are planning to get one, it is paramount to ensure that you are completely familiar with the basic safety measures and mechanisms of the equipment in order to keep the rider or other family members out of harm’s way whenever the stair lift system is in operation.
Here are a few stair lift safety tips:
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Often, stairs are the biggest obstacle for people with mobility problems. That’s particularly true if they want to remain in their own homes. To restore their independence and boost their mobility, stair lifts are the way to go.
For many deserving people, however, purchasing a stair lift may not always be a realistic option. They are rarely covered by insurance companies. And even if they are partially covered, the cost can still be prohibitive.
This is just one of the reasons so many seniors and other people with mobility issues consider the option of stairlift rentals in PA rather than buying. Before renting, however, it is paramount important to take a close look at all the pros and cons where renting is concerned. There are a number of factors you may need to consider before settling on renting a stair lift as an effective alternative to buying.
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Stair lifts are an excellent way to boost mobility and independence in your home.
The physically challenged and the aging have the most to gain from stair lifts. But if your present home wasn’t designed with access in mind, you might need to make some aging-in-place modifications for yourself or a loved one with a physical impairment.
There are varying types of stair lifts, and so it’s of paramount importance to choose a model that most ideally fits your unique lifestyle.
Types of Stair Lifts
Although there are many factors to consider when choosing the right home stair lift, the design of the stairway itself determines the type of lift you’ll need to install: straight or curved. However, when choosing the stairlift that will ultimately serve your needs, you should first decide exactly where you want to have it installed.
With straight stairways, stair lifts can be installed on either side of the stairway. Curved stair lifts have to be customized, and this may necessitate a change in structure, which in turn can make them much more costly to install than straight lifts. Professionally installed stairlifts are bespoke to serve your stairway efficiently, allowing for curves, turns and landings.
With the current market being flooded with varieties of models, selecting the ideal stair chair lift can be a daunting task. This article will guide you in choosing the best stairlift for your home.
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Remember when the busy Christmas Eve traffic was the only thing complicated about the holiday season? Remember when traveling across the state – or even to the other side of the county – to visit family was as simple as hopping on a plane or behind the wheel of your car?
If you have mobility issues, you may be worried about what the holiday season might look like this year – that’s only natural.
If you invite friends or family to your home, for instance, will you feel like too much of a burden if you end up needing help to get up and down the stairs?
Maybe you’d like to visit your children at their home for the holidays, but find yourself worrying that your lack of mobility might make for awkward or uncomfortable situations.
If those sound at all like the sort of thoughts that have been running through your head, take heart, because there is a solution.
Nerve damage. Vertigo. Chronic pain syndrome. These are just a few of the many, many medical conditions that can transform the life of an otherwise independent person into one of almost endless inconvenience.
That’s because it’s not always easy to get from point A to point B when your hips, or your knees, or your feet are in a near constant state of pain.
And if there’s one single residential feature that seems to create more aggravation and bother for semi-mobile people with pain issues than just about anything else in the home, it’s most definitely a set of stairs.
Here in the Philadelphia region, and even in parts of Montgomery County and Bucks County, homes with as many as three staircases are nearly standard-issue. That’s a scenario that can make everyday activities — walking upstairs to the restroom, for instance, or walking downstairs to do the laundry or the dishes — almost impossible for those with lower extremity pain.
A residential stair lift, in fact, can literally be a lifesaver for anyone dealing with pain issues.
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For many people, steps can be an overwhelmingly difficult part of life. Age and disabilities can have an enormous impact on individuals’ ability to efficiently maneuver up and down stairs. For some people, these actions may cause discomfort or create pain; for other people, navigating these vertical spaces is simply an impossibility.
If you can relate to these statements, you or a loved one are certainly not alone. In public places, you have the ability to avoid stairs by way of escalators and elevators. However, if you are like the majority of homeowners, neither of these is a viable option for your house.
Independence In Your Home
You may be feeling as though you are starting to lose your independence if stairs are becoming increasingly more difficult for you to handle.
If you live in a vertical townhouse or a multi-level house, you may be finding yourself unable to access entire floors of your home. You might not be able to get to your bedroom any longer if it’s on an upper level, or maybe you can’t get to linens or clothing that you keep upstairs.
Obviously, this situation is far more than just a little frustrating; if you need to wait for someone to fetch your upstairs items or sleep somewhere besides your bed, your independence is fleeting. A stair lift is an excellent way to regain your independence and regain access to the place that you call home.
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