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Straight Stairlifts

Straight stairlifts are suitable for use where a stairlift only needs to travel in one straight line, for example from the hall to the landing, straight stairlifts cannot travel around any bend or corner. The stairlift runs on a slim line track which hugs the edge of the staircase. The track is fixed to the stairs and it leaves plenty of room on the staircase for other users.

The track comes with two charging points, top and bottom, when not in use the stairlift should be left on one of these points. These points are generally located where the stairlift stops. If circumstances require an alternative parking position, if a hinge track is used for example, the park position is easily located by using the park button on the remote control.

Parking on the charge point keeps the battery topped up so your stairlift will continue to work in the event of a power failure.

Every stairlift comes with a clip seat belt as standard.  Not only is your footplate covered with an anti-slip hard wearing carpet, it also has safety edges that will cause the lift to stop should it meet any obstruction during use.

When it comes to using the stairlift it’s very straight forward. The stairlift is protected by a key switch, once switched on the toggle control is simpley held in the direction of travel. Located at the end of the seat arm it can be easily operated by the hand or arm and leaves the arm rest clear to provide unhindered support when getting on or off the seat.

Parking and calling your stairlift

All stairlifts come with two remote controls as standard, so you can have one upstairs and one downstairs. This means you can send your stairlift up and down the track without having to sit on it. This not only allows you to park at the top or bottom of the stairs, it is ideal for multi-user situations as your stairlift can be called between levels, just like an elevator

Swivelling your Stairlift Seat

When you arrive at the top of the stairs you will need to swivel your seat round so that you exit onto the landing safely.

Manual Swivel
If you have a manual swivel you will find a handle at either side of the seat. By pressing either handle down, or pulling it up, you can swivel the seat around to face the landing, where it will lock in place, allowing you to dismount safely.

Powered Swivel
If you choose the powered swivel option the swivel is operated by continuing to hold the toggle when you arrive at the top of the staircase. The seat will move automatically while the toggle is activated. Our powered swivels have a manual override for emergency release to improve stairway access if required.

Folding your footplate

The footplate and seat can be folded up to increase available space leaving the staircase as clear as possible for other users.

Manual footplate
Lifted and lowered by hand, manual footplates are fitted with an easy fold mechanism that minimises the strength required to fold the footplate up or down.

Powered Footplate
If you choose the powered footplate option it will remove the need for you to bend down to fold or unfold the footplate. You can choose to have a footplate that folds automatically when the seat is folded and unfolded, or that is operated separately to the seat by a switch in the seat arm so you can raise and lower the footplate whilst seated.

In the event that your staircase has a 90° corner landing at the top with a couple of steps to the final landing it may be possible to fit a platform system. These systems work in conjunction with the stairlift: once the stairlift has reached the end of its travel the platform is lowered and forms a bridge between the stairlift and the landing. This means that the user can dismount the stairlift and walk directly onto the landing.

The operating control can be placed on either arm. The system works in reverse when the stairlift is used to travel downstairs.

 For advice on the type of seat that best suits you and your stairlift please contact us