Regain your freedom with Stairlifts

Regain your freedom with Stairlifts
February 03, 2020

If you're struggling to get up and down your stairs, then a stairlift can help you regain your freedom.

Regain freedom within your home with the Fenetic Bespoke Stairlifts range. Ascending and descending the stairs can be one of the hardest day to day tasks you face with mobility issues and excruciating pain making it difficult to get up and down the stairs. This is where stairlifts can help and give you peace of mind in the home. 

We’ve put together this guide to help you during the process of buying a stairlift and to show you how a stairlift could be a life-changing investment. 

Where did stairlifts originate?

In the 1920s, an entrepreneur named C.C. Crispen of Pennsylvania USA, created a method for his friend to travel from floor to floor. The idea originated from a seat that helped his friend to climb the stairs. The first prototype was named the “Inclin-ator” due to its inclining abilities. 

There is evidence that the first stairlift was actually invented well before Crispen’s 1920s creation. As far back as King Henry VIII, in fact. Weighing in at 30-stone and injured through jousting, the King was transported up and down stairs in a chair hauled by servants using a block and tackle system. This was known to be used at Whitehall Palace in London. 

What is a stairlift?

Stairlifts are a mechanical chair used to take the user from the bottom of their stairs to the top or vice versa. Not to be confused with chairlifts used at Ski resorts, they use a lifting platform which runs along a fixed rail to help you move up and down staircases with ease. They’re typically used by the elderly, those with mobility issues and people who fall easily. 

Lady with stairlift

How do stairlifts work?

Using stairlifts couldn’t be easier. They have easy to use controls that put you in full control of everything that happens whilst you’re moving. If you need to stop, you can stop; the power is in your hands. The lever linked footrest means you have easy operation of the chair. 

The rail that the chair moves up and down on is attached to your staircase and is a permanent fixture. You can go up and down in peace, knowing you won’t disturb anyone else in the house as they’re near-silent during transit. 

They’ll also stop automatically if any potential obstructions get in the way. Multi-point sensors help the stairlift to recognise potential obstructions. There are a multitude of additional safety features including an armrest safety stop, audible diagnostics, removable key switch and optional retractable seat belt.

Stairlifts are battery operated which means the lift will continue to operate, even in the event of a power cut. There’s a weight limit of 125kg/19.5 stone for successful operation. 

The only way is up or down

Stairlifts have a very simple job and that’s to get you from A to B in a safe and simple manner. Whether you’re wanting to ascend the stairs or descend, you can use your stairlift and enjoy the ride from the comfort of your seat. 

As you can see by their history, they’ve been aiding those who suffer with mobility issues for a long time, even royalty! They’ve allowed many to regain independence and freedom in their own home that once may have been lost. 

Ascending and, in particular, descending stairs can become daunting as you lose confidence in your mobility. Stairlifts not only give back your confidence and stability, but also comfort and relaxation. 

What do you need to consider before buying a stairlift?

When it comes to buying a stairlift, there’s a few different factors to consider to ensure this investment is worthwhile, they include:

  • Do you need help getting up and down the stairs?

  • What type of staircase do you have in your home?

  • Do you have a twin bannister? If so, which side is most convenient to place the stairlift?

  • Are there any obstructions on your staircase that may impact the ascent or descent?

  • What is your budget?

What types of stairlift are available?

As part of our Bespoke Stairlifts range, there are two different types of stairlift you can choose from and the right choice comes down to what type of staircase you have. You can choose from the following:

  • Straight rail stairlifts

As the name suggests, straight rail stairlifts are used on staircases with a straight bannister. They’re usually the easiest to install and the quickest to ascend or descend with no turns to get around. The Fenetic Bespoke Stairlift has a twin rail system too which means it will work on either side of the rail, whichever is more convenient for you. 

  • Curved rail stairlifts

Curved rail stairlifts are purpose made to ascend and descend staircases with bends and turns. The rail is often custom-made to fit the curve of your staircase, so design and installation can sometimes take a little longer than straight stairlifts. As a completely bespoke product, the finished stairlift promises to be a smooth and seamless ride. 

Lady with stairlift

Where can I buy stairlifts?

At Fenetic Wellbeing, we have stairlifts that suit both curved staircases and straight staircases. Whether you know it’s the right time for you to get a stairlift or you need advice, we’re here to help you find your perfect mobility solution. You can either use our live chat below or get in touch with us by calling 0800 567 7618. 

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