Everywhere in the world there are many people who have to consider leaving their homes because they are experiencing difficulties getting up and down the stairs. In many parts of the UK, homes were designed to be on more than one level, which makes it very difficult for those with mobility problems to get around their own homes. Fortunately, with the installation of a stair lift, this problem is completely solved.
How to have a stairlift installed
A stairlift is actually fairly simple to install and to use. It consists of a chair that operates on rails that are attached to the staircase. Of course, each set of stairs can differ, so it will be necessary to have a consultant from a stairlift company visit your home and takes measurements for drawings. Some people are concerned that a stairlift is effective only if a staircase is straight, whereas they have a curved set of stairs. Providing a curved stairlift for your Devon home is very possible – in fact, almost as many curved stairlifts are installed as those for straight staircases. It might mean a slight delay in installation as the rails will need to be manufactured according to the design of your home, but if offers no barrier to the successful working of the stairlift.
Once the rails have been manufactured, the installation can take place very quickly. Of course, you will want to partner with a company that does a thorough job and leaves your home as clean as they found it – just with a working stairlift for your convenience. It is also a good idea to look at the maintenance agreement and the after-sales service. If a stairlift malfunctions and a person is alone and either can’t get upstairs or downstairs, that is a serious problem. As a result, it’s a good idea to work with a company that is available 24/7 – it might well be impossible to wait for a weekend or a bank holiday to be over before service is resumed.
Operating your stairlift
All that is needed for the stairlift to operate smoothly is for a power supply to be available. Most stairlifts also come standard with a back-up battery, which is again vital if there is a power failure. As space is often at a premium in your Devon home, particularly if a curved stairlift is installed, you may want to choose a model that allows you to fold back the foot plate as well as the chair. Visit here to get more information.
For advice on the design and installation of a curved stairlift in your Devon home, you will need to speak to a consultant. Contact A2B Stairlifts Ltd who have many years’ experience in this field.