Chicagoland’s Hometown Stairlift and Stairway Chair Lift Installer
We encourage you to come test ride a stair lift in our accessibility showroom, which is located in Arlington Heights, IL!
- EHLS (Extended Home Living Services) has been the leading stair lift installer in the greater Chicagoland area, Northwest Indiana and Southeast Wisconsin for more than 25 years!
- Stair lifts provide a safe and affordable way to get up and down the stairs for those with limited mobility
- We carry the market’s best stair lift manufacturers including Bruno, Handicare, Hawle, and Harmar
- Whether your stairs are curved or straight, EHLS has stair lifts that will free you from your stairway obstacles to keep you safe in your home.
- EHLS carries outdoor stair lifts that are built to handle all four of Chicagoland’s weather seasons
- Aging and mobility obstacles are life events that are unavoidable, but with our help we can keep you in the home you love!
- Buying stair lifts from EHLS means you are in great hands!
Why Choose EHLS Stair Lifts?
- EHLS is the largest stair lift dealer in the greater Chicagoland area, Northwest Indiana, and Southeast Wisconsin
- We offer durable, high quality stair lifts that will keep you and/or your family safe in your home
- Family and locally owned in the Northwest Suburbs since 1991
- Thousands of satisfied customers in the local area – click here for our awesome testimonials!
- The BIGGEST inventory of used and pre-owned stairlifts and we pass the savings along to you!
Will A Stairlift Fit?
Stair Lifts Fit Most Staircases
- A staircase needs to be a minimum of 32″ wide to fit a stair lift. The track is mounted on the stair treads, not on the wall, and will extend out from the wall between 6 to 9 inches.
- The chairlift’s seat, arms, and footrest will fold up when the lift is not in use. Folded up, stairlifts will extend from 11 to 16 inches from the wall.
- Stairlift track does extend beyond the bottom of the staircase which, in some cases, can be a problem. A manual or electric folding rail will allow the track to fold up and out of the way when the stairlift is not in use.
What Do Stair Lifts Include?
Stairlifts are very easy to understand and operate. While there are some difference 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 stops automatically when the stairlift reaches the end of the track. If you release the switch at any point along the way the lift will stop immediately. All of the stairlifts we offer are also supplied with seat belts to keep the user safe while riding up and down the stairs.
Operating a Stairlift
- Remote Controls: All stairlifts installed by EHLS come with a pair of remote controls that allow 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 pictures above feature the high quality Bruno stair lift models – both curved and straight models. It is hard to see in the pictures, but there is a black switch at the end of the right armrest that 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. The other type of seat control that is featured on the arm of a chair is a toggle switch. A toggle switch is sometimes easier for certain users to operate a stairway lift.
- Swivel Away from the Top of the Stairs: To get off of a stair lift safely, the user must swivel the seat at the top of the stairs. When a user reaches the top of the staircase, 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. There is also a power swivel seat option available for those who are physically unable to swivel manually. The power swivel seat allows the user to swivel at the top by simply pressing a button on the arm of the chair.
Curved Stairlift vs 2 Straight Stair Lifts?
We often come across customers who are considering installing two straights for a staircase with a 90 degree turn at a landing. While two straight stairlifts are less expensive, the landing must be large enough to accommodate the rider and caregiver, if needed. One of our excellent and friendly sales professionals will take measurements and recommend the right solution for you!