As people age, many start to lose their mobility, and if they live in a two-story house the sensible thing to do is to install a stairlift.
Once it is installed by skilled mechanics, you or your loved ones can go up and down stairs without risking a fall. Stairlift maintenance is available and it is important to keep the stairlift in good working condition. It is a perfect present to give to older family members to help restore their mobility and to keep them living in their own home. It runs up the stairs on a track and is powered by electricity.
Safety and the Stair Lift
The stairlift is like a chair with a footrest and armrests, and because it is powered by electricity you need a switch to turn it on. Once you are ready to travel, turn it on and then it travels upstairs or down the stairs on a track. The track can either be straight or curved. It comes with a warranty, and the length of the warranty is up to you. Like all electrical appliances, it will require regular stairlift maintenance, and our highly trained service technicians are just a phone call away. To prevent problems from occurring, a regular service is booked with the technician and he will resolve any minor and major issues, as your mobility is a priority.
Cleaning the Stairlift
It is important to keep the track dust-free, wipe down the tracks with a damp cloth, and the chair should also be wiped down. If dust is allowed to accumulate it can clog up the engine and prevent the chairlift from running smoothly.
If your stairlift unexpectedly breaks down, you can call a technician for same-day service. Usually, a regular service is scheduled for stairlift maintenance, and this prevents breakdowns from happening, and it remains easy to use whatever your condition is. It is quite safe, and the only thing that could stop you from using it is a sudden power failure, and if you live in an area prone to power outages, you may want to install a generator for emergency power use.
Why Southern Stairlift
If you are suffering from crippling arthritis or related conditions, a stairlift is what you need for mobility. Southern Stairlift is a company that can come over to assess your home and your needs. It is a family-owned company. While you are talking about the stairlift, there could be other things you need to make your day-to-day life easier, and it is not until we are in that situation that we learn about mobility aids and how they can help us.
The best thing is that Southern Stairlift have plenty of technical support available to them, and they go to great lengths to see that your needs are met. The stairlift can be installed in all houses with a second or even third story, and it is certainly worth considering for the pleasure of remaining in your own home.
Operating Your Stairlift
Once your stairlift is installed, it will bring you peace of mind, but stairlift maintenance is important. There are a few safety tips and precautions that need to be taken to ensure safe use.
- Fold the seat of your stairlift when it is not in use so that no one will trip over it.
- Only one person should use the stairlift at a time.
- If you are going to place heavy objects on it, carefully observe the weight specifications
- Get into the habit of using the seat belt, if your condition is deteriorating it will keep you safe on the ride.
- Keep your staircase free of obstructions
Keep your stairlift maintenance scheduled regularly, as you want it to continue to run smoothly
The two types of power required for the stairlift are AC power, alternating current, this is the power source where it is plugged into the wall.
The other type is DC or direct current power, which uses rechargeable batteries to provide the power. Ask your stairlift maintenance technician about the best option for you, as you want to be protected during the increasing power blackouts that occur. Your technician will have a better understanding of the needs of your chairlift and will be able to help you to make the right decision.
The Acorn Stairlift 130 Track has two different styles and they should be compatible when joined together. Your stairlift maintenance technician
will check compatibility before any old parts are replaced. If you have had your chairlift for years, it may be making a funny noise, and it could mean that the track needs replacing. So, book a service call to troubleshoot the options, sometimes in old houses, there is shift and movement in the foundations and your track could need realigning.
How Long should a Stairlift Last?
Your stairlift should last at least ten years, providing you look after it, and have regular stairlift maintenance attended to at least twice a year, depending on use. Many stairlifts last a whole lot longer, but after that time it is a good idea to start checking out the new models and planning your replacement, as by now you will be unable to do without it in your home.
Your stairlift maintenance technician will be able to give you advice regarding the new models of stairlift, and you will be surprised at the changes that have taken place since you bought the first one. One of the changes is that the chairs and footrests are much more comfortable than they once were, and the company will be able to send you out the brochure and help you make the all-important decision around the right stairlift for you.