Stair Lift Options
Posted on by Eric Rubel
Depending on the mobility of the individual that will be using the stair lift, there may be one or more options that may need to be added to enhance both safety and comfort. The stair lift options listed below are the ones that are most commonly recommended to meet customers' specific needs.
Please keep in mind that the options listed are available for Bruno stair lifts, which are the types of lifts that Lifeway most often installs in the locations that we serve. Lifeway is proud to be a Bruno stair lift Diamond Dealer.
Adding an one or more of the options in this article may increase the total price of a stairlift, but they are worth the added cost if it makes it safer and more convenient to get on and off the stair chair.
1. Folding Rail (Bottom of Stairs Only)
There are two folding rail options that can be added to a stair lift at the bottom of the stairs:
- Manual folding rail
- Power folding rail
Both types of folding rails are only available for straight rail Bruno stair lifts. Folding rails are usually added for a few different reasons. If there are other family members living at home, the rail may present a tripping hazard at the bottom of the stairs if it is located in an area that receives a lot of foot traffic. The rail may be blocking a door opening or cross hallway, which would make it extremely difficult for someone using a wheelchair or walker to navigate through that area.
The manual version is suggested for those who have caregivers or other family members that can fold up the rail when the chair is at the top landing of the staircase. However, if the person who is using the lift is living independently, or if others living in the home find it difficult to manually fold up the rail, then we suggest adding a power folding rail.
Below is a video that will give you a better understanding of how the Bruno manual and power folding rails work.
2. Power-Swivel Seat
All Bruno stairlifts enable the user to manually swivel at the top landing away from the stairs. However, there are some who may find it difficult to manually swivel the chair due to mobility issues or weakened muscles. In that case, a power swivel seat is a perfect solution. A power-swivel seat will allow the person who's using the lift to swivel the seat with the push of a button. The button that controls the power swivel is located on one of the armrests of the chair. The seat can also swivel by using the remote control call sends that come with the unit.
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3. Power Folding Footrest
4. Rail Overrun Park Positions (Curved Stair Lifts Only)
For custom-curved stair lifts, a rail overrun park position can be added at the top or bottom landing of the staircase. A rail overrun park position provides added safety and convenience when getting on/off the chair, and prevents the rail from becoming a tripping hazard. There are 90-degree and 180-degree park positions that allow the rail to wrap around a bannister or wall. The other park position is a rail overrun, which extends the rail away from the staircase.
5. Larger Seat
If the standard seat size is too small for the person who is going to be using it, then a larger seat can be added to accommodate the rider. It will allow the user to be much more comfortable when riding the lift. Please note that this option is only available for the Bruno Elite stair lift models.
6. Larger Footrest
If the person that is going to be using the stair lift has a larger shoe size or has trouble bending their knees, then a larger footrest is often recommended. Bruno's larger footrest option provides an additional size in both length and width to accommodate the user to rest their feet when riding up and down the stairs on the chair lift.
7. Choice of Upholstery Color
Bruno offers five different upholstery color options to choose from if you purchase the Elite model stairlift. The standard color for the Bruno Elite chair upholstery is gray, which blends with most home decors. The four other color options that are available for an additional cost, are charcoal, cream, white, and espresso. Please contact us if you would like to see color samples in-person.
If you have any questions about these stair lift options or would like to schedule a FREE in-home stairlift consultation, please contact us today!