Published at Thursday, 13 September 2018. Stair. By Christina Finke.
In fact, the best time to add a stair lift system may be before it is actually a requirement. There are plenty of seniors who may not be disabled, but who experience intermittent conditions, such as an arthritic knee or hip, that make climbing stairs a challenge some of the time. Stair lifts can be installed in straight or curved staircases. Most models today run on rechargeable DC battery packs that hold a charge for around 8 to 10 trips up and down, depending on the length of the track and the weight of the person it is transporting. Some of these battery packs have chargers mounted next to the top or bottom of the lift track, while others are able to recharge from anywhere along the track. DC powered stair lifts are the preferred style today because they still work (for a while anyway) if the AC power to the household is cut. Many seniors, through no fault of their own, lose the ability to go up and down staircases with agility. And many of them have strong emotional ties to the house in which they live. A stair lift can make the difference between allowing a senior to have significant independence of daily living and having to making the difficult choice of selling a beloved home.
A stair lift is not only something that has a lot of significance for the concerned people, but is also a major investment. This is the reason that makes it important that a stair lift has to be just right and adequate to the needs as well as safe. If you are the one for quality, then two manufacturers are there who are famous for their best quality. One is Stannah and the other is Bruno. Stannah is a UK manufacturer while the latter is a US manufacturer of stair lifts. The manufacturers and models for the straight and curved stair-lifts differ and there are different companies that have established a great name in their respective kinds of stair lifts. For the curved stair lift, ThyssenKrupp Access and Bruno manufacture the most popular and top quality models. ThyssenKrupp Access offers the model Stair Glide and Flow II in curved stair lifts and Bruno makes the curved stair lift, which is the Electra-Ride III.
Proper stair design has a maximum rise of eight inches, a minimum run of nine inches and a minimum tread width of 9.25 inches. A safe and properly configured stairway should be at 34 inches wide. As a rule the wider steps are safer then narrow stairs. There needs to be adequate headroom above the set of stairs. The required headroom is at least 6 foot 6 inches. When there is a door at the top of a set of steps, it should open away from the stairs for safety reasons. If a door opens toward the stairs a landing is needed so a person opening the door will not be able to push someone on the stairs.
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