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 Definition of Stair Lifts

A stair lift is a mechanical device for lifting people up and down the stairs.  A stairlift rail and carriage is attached to the rail. A person gets onto the carriage and is lifted up or down the stairs by the chair which moves along the rail.

Stair lifts are known variously as stair lift, stairchair, stairlift, chairlift, chair stair gliders & glides, stairway staircase seat liftchair and by other names.   Now they are seen for use in elderly, fall-prone individuals, and the disabled who are unable to navigate stairs safely.

Modern stair lifts can be found with a wide variety of features such as adjustable seat height, battery isolation switches, call stations, 'flip-up' rail, key switch, folding step, speed governor, seat belt, soft start and soft stop.

Straight rails for use on domestic staircases are usually made from extruded aluminum or steel and come in various cross-sectional shapes.

If a rail crosses a doorway at the bottom of the stairs or causes an obstruction a hinge can be fitted so the end of the rail can be folded back out of the way when not in use.

Curved rails are made from materials such as steel or aluminum and come in various cross-sectional shapes according to the designer. Individual designs vary a lot and probably the key criterion is to make the curves with the smallest radius possible so they will wrap tightly around objects such as newel posts.

The sections of curved rails usually packaged well to prevent damage in transit and are unwrapped and assembled on site.

The carriage is the component which moves along the rail and normally runs on small diameter rollers. In most designs the carriage is pulled by a cable or chain, or driven along the inclined rail by a rack and pinion system or other drive arrangement.

Most domestic carriages have a seat with arms and a footrest. Some special models have a stand-on platform also known as a "perch" seat. For users with shorter legs a short seat can be fitted, to make the lift more comfortable to sit on. Seats can be tailored to suit individual needs.

The conventional layout for a typical domestic stair lift is to have the seat at right angles to the rail so the user travels"sidesaddle". At the top of the staircase the seat can be swiveled, commonly through around 45 degrees or 90 degrees, then locked in place to allow the user to alight from it onto a landing. Stair lifts are available with either a manual swivel or a powered swivel, depending on the users ability.

Most swivel seats have a safety switch so the stair lift won’t move unless the seat is locked into its travel position. Special models with seats facing the bottom of the staircase have been produced for users with spinal or other conditions which prevent use of the conventional seat layout. More room is need on the landing with these special seats.

Straight Stair Lifts are the most common type of stair lifts used in private dwellings with straight stairs and have a straight rail (track) which is attached to the steps of the staircase. Straight-rail stair lifts can usually be installed within days of being ordered and, having a rail which is simply cut to length from a stock part, they are the least expensive stair lifts.

Curved stair lifts are made to follow the shape of an individual staircase (curved stairs). On staircases with intermediate flat landings they eliminate the need for multiple straight stair lifts by providing a continuous ride up the entire length of the staircase. Because the rail is custom-made to follow the staircase, and because the chair is more complex that on a straight-rail stair lift (it has to be able to remain level while traveling along a track which changes direction and angle), curved-rail stair lifts are usually more costly than stair lifts for straight stairs. Specifying a curved-rail stair lifts usually involves careful measurement, design and manufacturing, and the installation process usually takes longer than for a straight domestic stair lift.

Some manufacturers provide curved-rail stair lifts made from modular parts. These have the advantage of quick delivery time (the installer brings many parts and picks from them), though the rail may not follow the shape of the stairs as closely as a factory-made stair lift. Modular stair lifts take longer to install than custom-made stair lifts, so they are usually similar in price to a custom-made curved-rail stair lift.

Outdoor Stair lifts come with seats, perches, footplates or platforms and are sold worldwide. They are similar to indoor stair lifts but with improved weatherproofing

There is a second-user market for some types of stair lift. This is most common with straight rail domestic types. The rails can be cut to length if too long, or extended with a "joining kit". Most models allow the carriage to be "re-handed" so it can be used on the left or right side of the staircase.

Installation of straight indoor liftchairs usually run $300 to $500, outdoor exterior and outdoor liftchairs $400 tp $500 and custom curve stairlifts $650 to $850.

During the early days of curved rail stair lifts there was no second user market because of the difficulty of matching rails to a different layout. Even staircases built to the same design specification in neighboring houses have variations, but in most attempted "transplants" there are too many differences to make it practicable. Many owners have had to pay to have unwanted curved stair lifts removed.

More recently, some curved rails have been produced to a modular design so components can be unbolted and used elsewhere, subject to design and safety considerations. In some cases, tubular section rails which are welded during manufacture, are produced by specialist rail companies so they can be used with a previously owned carriage, controls, and other components. This is, perhaps, like putting an old locomotive on new railway lines. It provides a lower cost solution than buying a totally new system.

 Manufacturers and installers have offered an extended warranty on both parts and service.  Usually stairlift manufacturers only warranty the parts and not the labor or transportation fees.

Early stair lifts mostly had alternating current (AC) drive motors which ran at full mains voltage (around 115 volts in North America). An "energy chain" ran alongside or through the rail to carry the power cable from the supply point to the carriage.

More recently, domestic stair lifts have been powered from rechargeable batteries and use direct current (DC). One of the selling points is that a DC stair lift will continue to function during a power outage, provided the batteries are sufficiently charged. Most stair lifts have a 'charge point' where the unit will 'park' to charge its batteries. Some straight stair lifts have the ability to charge continuously no matter where they are left along the track.

With most DC models the batteries are accommodated within the carriage and travel with it.

The power rating of drive motors for domestic home residential straight rail stair lifts may be around 250 watts. The power requirement will be greater for heavy loads, very steep inclines, and wheelchair platform stair lifts.

Stair lifts are largely operated using a control on the arm of the lift. This is either a switch or a toggle type lever. This larger toggle switch enables users even with limited mobility or painful condition to use stair lifts easily and safely.

Electronic controls are used extensively. Many stair lifts have radio frequency or infared remote controllers. It is known that radiation from devices such as fluorescent lights can interfere with infrared stair lift controls. Also, heat and incandescent lights can, in some circumstances, have an adverse effect.

Control circuit design varies greatly among the different manufacturers and models. Curved rail stair lifts have more complex controls than those with straight rails.

The seat of a curved rail stair lift may have to be tilted so it remains horizontal whilst going around curves and negotiates different angles of incline. This requires an additional motor and link system.

Also, the carriage is slowed down on bends but travels faster on straight runs. This means a more complex control system. Modern controls have small microprocessors which “learn” the characteristics of the journeys and keep the data in memory. They also record the number of journey and direction. This assists service engineers on maintenance calls.

Some development of self-diagnostic controls began at the onset of the 21st Century. The idea was that stair lifts would predict when components were starting to deteriorate and automatically pass the information to the service provider so a visit could be arranged.

To satisfy safety codes stair lifts usually have cut-out switches connected to “safety edges” and other protective devices so the drive power is disconnected if something goes wrong. Modern lifts have a high degree of comfort, but safety is always paramount. "Safety edges" are a common feature to the power pack and footplate. "Safety edges" ensure that if there is any obstruction on the stairs the stair lift will automatically stop and only travel away from the obstruction.

Many stair lifts are also fitted with a key, to allow the user to prevent others from using the lift.

Codes of practice and technical specifications apply to stair lift manufacture.

In North America these codes may be relevant:

Professionals within the home medical equipment industry do not recommend that people attempt to install these products themselves. They believe that in terms of warranty, long term care, and service, it is much more economical to have a trained professional install these products. In addition, these professionals are also aware of all safety measures and concerns associated with the proper installation of stair lifts, as well as the applicable local elevator codes

Stair lifts normally have "soft" starts so the user is not jerked as the carriage starts to move. Typical travel speed for domestic straight rail stair lift carriages range between 13.78 feet per minute and 29.53 feet per minute. The speed of curved rail stair lift carriages may vary on the journey if the controls cause them to slow on inclines and bends.

Stair lifts are highly individualized units that vary in price significantly. However, many new base units may begin at $4,395 for indoor units and $5395 for outdoor units. Many options affect this base pricing including: length of railing needed, any curves involved, seat upgrades, motor upgrades, seat swivel, seat and foot pedal folding, and power type.   Used prices are usually 1/2 Off the regular price.

VPL VERTICAL PLATFORM LIFTS | PL PORCH LIFTS come under the general definition of a stairlift and are usually of a much heavier construction than a domestic stairlift due to the fact they are going to transport a wheelchair or scooter and the person.

Most platform stair lifts are used in public access buildings and / or inside and outside private homes.

The platform is large enough to accommodate a wheelchair or scooter and its user, and may have folding edge flaps which drop down and act as ramps to allow for variations in floor levels. These flaps also prevent the wheelchair from going over the edge of the platform.

The rails are, necessarily, of heavy construction to support the load and the drive system is usually accommodated within a tubular section rail or aluminum extrusion. Some models have steel cables inside the tube, others have chains; yet others may use a rack and pinion system.

Many wheelchair platform stair lifts are designed and built to order. Others may comprise a standard platform and carriage, with the only special requirement being the length of rails or tracks.



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