How Do Stairlifts Work?

Stairlifts provide a safe and easy way to get up and down the stairs!

Stairlifts 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.

Stair Lift Controls

Remote Controls: All stairlifts installed by EHLS 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.



I was introduced to Extended Home Living Services, otherwise known as EHLS, by my daughter in law – an internal medicine physician – and used her advice wisely. We knew my husband needed assistance in many areas, but the stairlift was the answer to his immediate need. Your showroom in Arlington Heights sold us as my husband was able to try all the lifts available and we chose a Bruno model for all of its wonderful functions. It was installed down two flights of stairs, used multiple times a day, and we don’t know what we would do without it. Thank you EHLS, as I told you, how grateful we are for your facility and all your services.

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We are very pleased with the stairlift. We will gladly recommend you to someone if the need arises. Keep up the good work!

The stair lift from EHLS has made life better for me. It is easy to go up and down the stairs now.

I just wanted to let you know that the stair lift was wonderfully installed by the technician. He also got my dad on the lift before he left and showed him how everything works. Very professional, friendly and caring person.

Many kudos to him and your company!

It was a pleasure doing business with EHLS. From the start of the process, all of your employees were knowledgeable, professional, and courteous. It started with Sarah, who answered the phone and referred me to Bob. He really knew his stuff and did a great job designing our bath.

Thank You for fixing my stair life!

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