Do you have a new stairlift? Like all things, a new lift can take a little time to adjust and acclimate to. The accessibility that a stairlift provides is unsurpassed. You will wonder how you lived so long without it! There are some tips that can help you during your first month with your new stairlift, and that ensure safe comfort when used.
A stairlift is one of those mobility aids that can change life for the better. The accessibility and safety that it brings can go a long way toward the autonomy and independence of the user. There are some suggestions and tips to adjust to a stairlift that can make it easier during the initial days of getting your lift, and as you use it during the first month:
Read your Stairlift Owner’s Manual First. During the first month that you have your new lift, make it a point to read the entire owner’s manual, there is a lot of important information inside. This also may help to answer questions that you could encounter as you adjust to using your new lift. Most owners find it helpful to read the manual first before they even use their stairlift.
Don’t Push the Weight Limits. Remember that most stairlifts have a 300 lb. weight limit unless it is a bariatric lift, which may have a higher weight capacity. Do not use the lift to carry heavy items up or down stairs, like furniture, and only allow one person at a time on the lift- but more on that later!
Always Secure the Seat Belt. Your lift comes equipped with an easy-to-use safety belt; make sure that you use it! This is standard operating practice and if you choose not to use your safety belt as instructed, you are at a much higher risk of an accident on the stairlift.
Supervise Children and Pets Around the Lift. The lift is not a toy and, as such, should not be used by children to play on or around. This extends to pets. It is not safe for pets to climb on the lift either. Teach children in the home or that visit regularly that the stairlift is a medical aid and not a plaything. Also, advise them to steer clear when the lift is in use.
Prevent Obstacles on the Stairs. Stairlift safety tips include that when you are not using the lift, fold the seat in and out of the way of anyone that may be using the stairs surrounding the stairlift. This prevents the seat from being an obstacle that could cause someone to trip, stumble, or fall.
Pay Attention to the Sensors. Are you purchasing a new stairlift? If so, these typically feature safety sensors to prevent an obstacle from causing interference or an accident on the stairs. These sensors cause the lift to stop when something is in the path of the lift, like a shoe or your pet. Always be careful that pets and others are safely out of the way before using your lift to ascend or descend the stairs, just to be extra careful.
Avoid Loose, Drapey Clothing. As you adjust to using your new lift, avoid wearing long, drapey, or loose garments that could get stuck or interfere with the function of the stairlift. Avoid using blankets or scarves when riding on the lift, and take off long or bulky coats before sitting down and using the stairlift.
Keep Liquids Away from your Stairlift. Liquids can seriously damage your new lift, causing pricey repairs. If you must carry something liquid up or down stairs, do so with caution and always tightly close the lid of the container first.
Only Allow One Rider at a Time. As previously discussed, a stairlift is not intended to carry more than one passenger, safely, at a time. Your stairlift owner’s manual will outline the safe utility of your lift but know that stairlifts are not designed to carry multiple people at once, including riding with children on your lap. Plus, it could incidentally exceed the weight restriction for the lift.
Have your Lift Professionally Installed, Serviced, and Maintained. If you have a new lift with a warranty, make sure to abide by the terms and have the stairlift routinely inspected, serviced, and maintained, as necessary. Only allow qualified technicians to work on or repair your lift- allowing anyone else to service the stairlift could nullify your warranty. If you are experiencing issues or having difficulty with your new lift during the first month, do not hesitate to reach out to the retailer for customer service and support.
Thinking about a new stairlift? Talk to the team at Pacific Mobility about professional installation of quality mobility aids that have the potential to change life for the better. Call or visit us 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)