In the desire to minimize the cost of a stair lift, many people overlook stair lifts that offer valuable options which can add safety, optimize the useful life of a stair lift and aid in maintaining independence at home. Here are the top three options you should consider adding to your stair lift. These options are not available from all stair lift manufacturers therefore, don't expect all sales people to recommend them even when they would be invaluable to you.
POWER SEAT SWIVEL - Stair Lifts swivel at the top of the stairs for safe entry and exit from the stair lift chair. Without the power swivel option, the rider depends upon use of their legs or a caregiver to turn the seat. For many, this is perfectly fine. However, for people with neuropathy , stroke, MS, ALS, leg amputation or other conditions which currently or in the future will weaken the legs, the Power Swivel Option will become a valuable feature.
POWER FOLDING FOOTREST - THe way this works usually involves raising or lowering the seat which easy to reach and this activates an electric motor that raises or lowers the footrest automaticly. This is extremely helpful when there are others that live in your home but, do not use the stair lift. Thus making it easier and safer to fold up the footrest when not in use and fold it down automatically when ready for use.
POWER FOLDING RAIL - Some homes are designed with a door immediately at the bottom of the stairs or a narrow walkway leading to room. Since the rail extends down to the floor, this can cause a tripping hazard which is easily remedied with a folding rail at the bottom of the stairs. Folding Rails are available in both manual and automatic. While the automatic costs more, it enhances the usefulness of this option and adds to the independence of the user.