If you have a loved one who has been demonstrating trouble in their mobility around the home, the steps are bound to be one area where they have the most difficulty. Many people opt to purchase a stair lift if there is a steep staircase needed to be utilized to get to another story in the home. The chair lift you buy should be comfortable for your loved one rather than having its own set of difficulties. Here are some tips to use when selecting chair lifts or stair glides to help keep your loved one safe as they make their way up and down the staircase in your home.
Consider Some Swiveling
The chair attached to the lift mechanism is usually facing toward the staircase as it moves in an upward or downward motion. On stair chair lifts where the seat is rigidly in place, the person using it may have trouble getting in or out when they are on the bottom or top step. This is extremely risky as they may fall down the steps when they get out at the top of the staircase. To minimize this chance, opting for a chair that swivels can alleviate teetering on the top stop when they get out of the chair. They can swivel the chair outward before getting out of the seat, allowing them to move away from the staircase from a safe distance.
Look For Adjustable Settings
If the chair height is too low or high, your loved one may have trouble getting in or out of it safely. A chair that has adjustable settings for height will alleviate this problem. The settings should be in a location
Utilize Safety Features
Most chair lifts will come equipped with safety belts. Make sure your loved one knows they must strap themselves in before starting the lift's movement and that they need to come to a complete stop before unstrapping it to get out. Look for a seat belt that works like a car
Consider attaching a buzzer to the armrest