Can a Person in a Wheelchair Use a Stairlift?
Is a stairlift the right choice for someone with a disability?
Stannah stairlifts are designed for simplicity and ease of use. Whether your mobility is reduced in your legs or in your whole body, you’ll find our stairlifts easy to control.
We want you to get around your house safely and comfortably, and that involves being able to use your stairs without a second thought. A Stannah stairlift gives you just that – easy, safe, comfortable independence.
However, it’s worth considering that you do need some mobility in order to use a stairlift. If you can get yourself into the chair, and hold yourself upright while you’re sat down, it could be the right solution for you. But if you can’t, a stairlift might not be what you need. Our knowledgeable advisors can give you advice about stairlifts, but they can also help you find the right appliance for you if a stairlift isn’t the right fit. Give us a call to schedule your home survey, so that we can assess your needs and help you find the solution you’re looking for.
I use a wheelchair; can I get a stairlift?
It’s worth considering that you do need some mobility in order to use a stairlift. If you can get yourself into the chair, and hold yourself upright while you’re sitting down, it could be a good solution for you.
The Sadler is a good example of a handicap stairlift, designed specifically for persons with reduced mobility. This type of model is sometimes called a “perch stairlift,” because of its half-seated, near standing position, which gives lumbar support and takes the strain off your knees and hips. It is also equipped with an easy to use ergonomic seatbelt, that can be fastened and unfastened using only one hand and is conveniently positioned on the armrest.
But if you don’t have the mobility to get in and out of the chair safely, a stairlift might not be what you need. Our knowledgeable advisors can give you advice about stairlifts, but they can also suggest the right appliance for you if a stairlift isn’t a good fit. Give us a call to schedule your home survey or visit our showroom to see our models for yourself. You can even test our stairlifts out and decide which chair best meets your needs.
What makes a Stannah stairlift safe and easy to use?
It’s a very important question, but it means different things to different people. That’s why we’ve made sure our stairlifts meet the highest international safety standards. That way, they’re sure to meet everyone’s idea of what safe feels like.
An easy-to-use seatbelt
One of the main safety features included on every stairlift we make is an easy-to-use seatbelt. It’s easy to use because:
- it clips in easily
- you can fasten it using only one hand
- it’s a big buckle, which makes it easy to hold, even for arthritic fingers
- the seatbelt is placed on the armrests so you don’t have to reach behind you to grab it
- the belt can be fitted to either side of the chair, which means that if one of your hands is stronger than the other, we can adapt the belt to your needs.
To make a stairlift move, all you have to do is press a lever in the direction you want to go in. The lever can be fitted to either arm rest, whichever side is intuitive and comfortable. That means you can use either hand or wrist, whichever is most comfortable for you.
Your stairlift unfolds easily. Just flip the armrests down, lower the seat and press the footrest fold button and the footrest flips down automatically (availability of this feature varies among some models). That means no bending over at the top of the stairs and no help needed to get your chair set up. The armrests are sturdy, so you feel safe leaning on them while you get in and out of your chair. If you want even more stability, our wide-arm models come with even longer armrests, giving you added support.
The Power swivel is an option offering the added security of your chair turning automatically at the top of the stairs. Just hold the lever and the chair turns to place you squarely on your landing, meaning you can get out of your chair with the added security of the chair blocking the stairs behind you and you don’t have to swivel manually. If you’ve had a stroke and have limited mobility on one side of your body, this option could provide the extra peace of mind you need getting in and out of your chair.
Schedule your free, no-obligation mobility assessment today
Before you get your free quote, one of our sales consultants comes to your house to meet you. They assess your mobility needs, and they’re highly trained to give you personalized advice about what’s best for you.
If our specialist doesn’t think a stairlift is right for you, they’ll tell you so. You can trust that we’ll always be honest with you.
Whether you’re looking for advice or just want to know more, call us now and we’ll answer all your questions.