Straight Stairlift Guide
If it becomes difficult for someone to get up and down stairs, they have limited options to chose from to overcome the problem: living downstairs, moving to a bungalow or ground floor flat or installing a domestic lift such as a stairlift or through floor lift. The first option may not be practical as issues such as providing downstairs bathroom facilities can prove difficult and costly to overcome. The second option is not only costly but may result in the loss social support. Installing a domestic lift is often the most practical and economical option.
A straight stairlift tends to be a very common solution to use in a domestic setting. The majority of users are able to walk, but find it difficult to negotiate the stairs. The person must be able to sit safely during transit and transfer independently, or with minimal assistance, on and off at the top and bottom of the stairs. A swivel seat, which can be operated both manually or automatically, and lift-up armrests should make transfers on and off the seat easier. Check that you are able to manipulate the controls for both the footrest and the swivel seat as various types of controls and switches are also available. Click here for full article
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The Otolift AIR stairlift has the smallest diameter rail tube of any other single rail stairlift on the current market. It is specially designed for narrow and steep stairs but can also be used on any other stair configuration. It is available with an extensive range of additional options to ensure you get a lift tailored to your personal needs.
Key features of Otolift Air Stairlift
- Compact, comfortable & visually pleasing design.
- Unobtrusive single tube rail, positioned low on the stairs, minimising the appearance of the rail.
- Smooth ride.
- Negotiate steep and narrow staircases, ensuring a comfortable ride with maximum knee clearance.
- Takes up a minimum of space, leaving room on the stairs for other users.
- Powered Folding Footrest is standard on the Otolift AIR Stairlift.
- Battery operated, so the stairlift can still be operated during a power cut.
- Light touch controls require very little effort to operate the lift.
- All round safety system will stop the stair lift automatically if anything is trapped or it encounters any obstacles.
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A scooter safety initiative scheme that was was launched to improve the safe use of mobility scooters could be expanding thanks to grant from Tesco.
Horsham Scooter Safety (HSS), which currently operates in Horsham, West Sussex, was previously at risk of closure due to lack of funds but was saved by the local council. Local residents have now nominated the scheme to be shortlisted for a grant from Tesco, which would allow it to continue operating in the area and even expand.
The scheme provides informative instruction on how to safely use a mobility scooter and over 40 scooter users have benefited from the scheme so far.
To find out more about this scheme read the article by Access & Mobility Professionals below.