Stairlifts can be a big help for those with limited mobility. They can help you stay in your multi-level home. They can give you more freedom of movement and independence and they can help you to feel safer and confident climbing and going downstairs.

However, stairlifts are not without their issues. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent the biggest stairlift headaches from happening.

Preventing the biggest stairlift issues

  1. Power issues. Use a dedicated outlet for your stairlift that is always “on”. In addition, make sure that your stairlift is plugged into a power source with a GFCI protector. 
  2. Secure the armrests and the seat. Some also may not start if the chair is facing the landing, rather than being perpendicular to it. This is a safety feature but can be a headache when your chair won’t operate, and you don’t know why.
  3. Obstructions in the stairlift’s path. Another reason your stairlift may cease operating is if it senses an obstruction on the stairs. Censors at the base of the lift are designed to shut the chair down if they come across something between the sides of the stair treads. If possible (and if safe), move the stairlift in the opposite direction, remove the obstruction and continue on.

 

Good preventative maintenance for your stairlift

Good maintenance can prevent a myriad of issues from happening with your stairlift. At a minimum, it’s recommended to wipe down the rails with a damp cloth once a week.

Using a stairlift doesn’t have to be a headache. By familiarizing yourself with your stairlift set up and knowing what roles each part plays as well as keeping your apparatus well maintained, you can make sure that your stairlift is ready whenever you need it. Give Coulee Region Mobility a call to talk about your stairlift!

 

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