At Independent Living Minehead, we understand how important it is to gain and access the independence that you want, which is why we have a large range of stairlifts to choose from, to help you transform your everyday lifestyle. Our aim is to help you feel confident everywhere that you go, gaining access to use the stairs whenever you like.
Our stairlifts involve a chair surface that has been attached to an electronic rail that slowly moves the chair up and down the stairs. Fundamentally, the user will sit on the chair and use the required remoted to control the activation of the chair, the speed and the direction that they would like it to operate, helping the user to reach their destination at the time that suits them.
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Choosing the right stairlift for your home
Choosing the right stairlift for you may seem overwhelming and confusing but with the help of a member of our team, we can direct you to buying a suitable fit for you. We want to ensure that the stairlift that you choose will go above and beyond your expectations while assisting you with your everyday needs.
When choosing a stairlift, there are a few things to consider:
- Are your stairs wide?
- Are your stairs narrow?
- Are your stairs curved?
- Are your stairs straight?
- Do you require bells/whistles?
Maintaining your stairlift: Tips for longevity
Maintaining your stairlift is the key to it lasting for a very long time, and it is essential that you know how to look after and maintain your stairlift on a regular basis. If you ever experience a breakdown or any initial signs of a breakdown, please get in touch with a member of our repair team, we understand how important this item is to your daily cooperative life, which is why we will always ensure that to repair carried out is completed in a timely manner. Prices regarding any breakdown are to be seen here. Here are some maintenance tips that you can carry out yourself at home:
Do not unplug the stairlift – Do not unplug the stairlift when it is not in use, Because the machine uses up very little energy as it is, there is no need to unplug it. Unplugging the stairlift can potentially damage the battery pack, causing further complications.
Do not disobey the maximum weight capacity – Make certain that the stairlift does not carry more than the maximum weight capacity, as this can cause the chair or machine to break, which can result in being very costly.
Keep your stairs clear – Before using the stairlift, ensure that there are no items on the stairs that could potentially get in the way of their stairlift track, as this could cause damage to the item and to the stairlift, Although most stairlifts have safety sensors, there are possibilities for small objects to get in the way,
Invest in protective stairlift overs – If you have a stairlift that is outdoors, always cover the seats to protect it from rain, snow, ice etc. This is to reduce the amount of maintenance and cleaning the stairlift will require.
What safety features do stairlifts have?
Safety features are the most important thing to a mobility aid, which is why we have to ensure that all stairlifts are fully equipped to keep you safe at all times. All stairlifts come with safety seat belts, harnesses, control of speed, weight capacity, adjustable footrests and seats, ring bell and whistles to use in case of an emergency.
Misconceptions about stairlifts
There are many misconceptions about stairlifts in the UK, but we are here to provide you with the right answer:
Cost – Some people think that stairlifts are unbelievably expensive, but although their initial cost may be an investment, they are very cheap to run.
Complexity – Some people may think that installing a stairlift is overly complicated and takes a lot of time, but in reality, most installations can be done by a professional and are relatively straightforward.
Loss of independence – It is commonly thought that when you install a stairlift the user will lose independence, but it actually gives them the independence to navigate their home more easily,
Stairlifts are unsafe – When stairlifts are installed correctly by professionals, they are a safe and reliable source of transportation between floors. Stairlifts come with many safety features such as seatbelts, harnesses, control of speed, weight capacity and much more,
Stairlifts are loud – There is a misconception about stairlifts being noisy, but in reality, they are actually designed to operate quietly and the noise level should not be much of a concern.