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How Do Stair Lifts Work?

Stair lifts provide a safe and easy way to get up and down the stairs.

Stair lifts are very easy to understand and operate:

While there are some differences between makes and models, all of our lifts have simple controls and robust safety features. All stairlifts have a simple switch that controls their movement. The lift travels up or down the stairway when the rider pushes and holds the switch. The chair will beep once, and stop automatically when the stairlift reaches the end of the track. If you release the switch at any point along the way the lift will start beeping and stop immediately. All of the stair lifts that we sell and install are equipped with a seatbelt.

Stair lifts attach to your stairs, not the wall:

A common assumption of those interested in a stair lift is that the stair lift causes damage to the wall. However, a stair lift will not cause damage to the walls because the rail is attached to the treads of the stairs, not the walls. The rail is held into place by support brackets that are screwed in and placed evenly apart from each other. The screws can go through carpet or any type of surfaces such as concrete, metal or tile.

How Are Stair Lifts Powered?

Learn from Bruno's Mr. Stairlift:

Stair Lift Controls

Elite Indoor Straight Stair LiftRemote Controls

All stairlifts installed by Lifeway come with a pair of remote controls, which allows a user to call or send the chair from the top or bottom of the stairs. The controls are a convenient way for a caregiver to control the seat’s motion if the rider needs assistance. The remote control also allows users to use the lift as a dumbwaiter by placing packages or a clothes basket on the seat and using the remote to send them up or down.

Seat Controls

The chair in the picture is from the popular Bruno Elite stairlift seat. The black switch at the end of the right armrest controls the lift. Rock the switch one way and the seat will travel up the stairs. Rock it the opposite way and the chair will head for the lower landing.

Swivel Away from the Top of the Stairs:

The rider in this picture is demonstrating how a stairlift seat swivels at the top. As the picture shows, the seat swivels away from the stairs while the footrest remains in place. The swiveling action places the rider’s feet safely on the top landing allowing the rider to stand safely.

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