What is the maximum weight for a stair lift?
It depends on the model you choose, but a common range is 300 to 400 pounds.
Who invented the stair lift?
The modern stair lift was invented by Pennsylvania entrepreneur C.C. Crispen in the 1920s.
How long does it take to fit a stair lift?
The first step to purchasing a stair lift is having a professional assessment of your home to see if installation is possible. If so, the stair lift expert will recommend the best model for your space. This in-home consultation typically takes 30 to 60 minutes, and it’s a great opportunity for the company to address your questions and concerns about price, design, safety and special features, according to Bill Schwartz of 101 Mobility in Kansas City, Missouri.
Once you choose the design and the product becomes available, installation can occur as quickly as the next day, taking anywhere from two to five hours. If the stair lift design is complex and materials aren’t readily available, ordering them can take up to six weeks.
Can I customize my stair lift?
Yes. Most companies have standard design and color choices; however, some companies offer cosmetic upgrades to the upholstery fabric of the seat and the rail color for an additional fee. You may also be able to add high-accessibility functions to the seat that make standing and sitting easier, automatic folding rails, folding footrests and powered swivel seats that turn at the push of a button.
How do you charge a stair lift battery?
Stair lifts are typically either battery operated or draw power from household electricity. Most battery-powered units automatically charge whenever the lift is “parked” at the top or bottom of the stairs.