If you are worried about the safety of loved ones- or yourself- using stairlifts, enjoy peace of mind knowing that there are inherent safety features, built-in to the lift. From custom rails to fit your distinct stairs and battery back-up during power outages, to generous weight capacities and adjustable belted seats, quality stairlift brands make safety a focus and priority. So, relax and rest assured that when used properly, stairlifts are exceptionally safe to use.
If you are worried about safety using stairlifts, no need. Check out these built-in safety features:
Steep or Narrow Stairs
Don’t’ make the mistake that many consumers do which is to assume your stairs won’t accommodate a lift. Bruno- for instance- makes a wide range of lifts to suit and fit all different kinds of stairs. In fact, their Elan Stairlift is outfitted with features that are ideal for those with staircases that they feel are steep or narrow- or other concern.
Some features of these models include resilience and quality, but affordability, too. These implement a vertical rail design that minimizes the space that the lift occupies on the stairs and risers. A folding rail makes it further streamlined. These lifts accommodate 300 pounds typically and are made in the US. When it comes to straight stairs and steps, this is reported to be the most popular lift on the current market.
Unconventional Curved Stairways
Worried about a curved or winding staircase? Again, the brand Bruno has you covered with their Elite – Curved Rail Stairlifts. Curved stairs do present challenges, but a lift can be customized to fit. These specially designed rails create a smooth and quiet ride. These typically accommodate up to 400 pounds and utilize a design that can be installed on pretty much any curved stairway. Technological features maintain stability which creates a safe, seamless lift. Battery backup makes it reliable even during power outages, too, so relax!
It is imperative to heed the weight capacities given for your stairlift, and it is directly related to maintaining safety during use. Many of the Bruno brand can accommodate heavier users; talk to your mobility retailer about the weight restrictions when shopping for a lift.
Wind and Weather
Not sure if your lift will hold up to the elements where you live, such as wind and weather? Bruno’s Outdoor Straight Stairlifts are outdoor lifts with features that preserve and protect from the environment. The seat and armrest are padded with marine-grade vinyl so you won’t worry about stains or water damage during storms. Plus, a waterproof cover will protect your lift when it is not in use. For ease during outdoor usage, the lift utilizes Anodized aluminum rail with covered gear rack- which holds up to the elements. These models usually have a 400-pound capacity and a vertical rail design to minimize the area that they take up. Talk to your mobility vendor about the Outdoor Electra-Ride Elite for an exterior lift that stands heads and shoulders above others.
So, what are you planning to do when the power goes out? Will you need to worry about being stuck mid-way up your stairs? If you own a Bruno stairlift, the answer is ‘no’. Bruno incorporates battery backup for their lifts that perform even during power outages and blackouts. While there are plenty of other brands that tout unique safety features, Bruno really is an industry leader setting the bar high in the realm of mobility aids and equipment.
There really is nothing worse than buyers’ remorse when it comes to a major purchase or investment. This extends to mobility aids; if you are not happy with the equipment, you may not be inclined to use it- which defeats the purpose of improving accessibility. A good way to test whether a stairlift is right for you is with short-term Stairlift Rentals. Pacific Mobility Center is proud to offer a unique rental program in Southern California that may be perfect to determine how a lift can change your lift for the better. If you live outside this region, look around for mobility dealers that rent equipment near you to prevent buyers’ remorse later.
Unsure about the safety of your stairlift? There really is no need to be; talk to the team at Pacific Mobility when making buying decisions to avoid regrets later. While Bruno is not your only brand option, it is a leader in the industry and lauded by buyers consistently. The choice is yours; you have a lot of options and added features to consider. Make sure to take time to consult with the pros who know all about mobility aids and equipment. Call to learn more today.
President, Husband, Father, Grandfather Graduate of UC Davis- Bio Sci Major- Go Aggies! Jeff has extensive experience in all of Pacific Mobility’s products and services, and specializes in accessibility products as well as stairlifts, ceiling lifts and custom wheel chairs. His hobbies include spending time with family, gardening, mountain biking, exercising and off road motorcycle riding.
24 years as Owner/President of Pacific Mobility Center – selling, installing, and servicing stairlifts, porch lifts, ceiling lifts, pool lifts, handicap ramping, specialty wheelchairs, scooters, power wheel chairs, and other power mobility devices
Certified Environmental Access Consultant since 2008
Licensed General Contractor since 1998
Certified Aging in Place Specialist since 2016
Board Member for Home Access Professionals
Member of Association of Members of the Accessibility Equipment Industry (AEMA)