Once you have made the decision to purchase a stair climber to assist you or a family member with getting up and down stairs, you are faced with the tricky task of choosing one. There are a wide range of stair climbers and stair lifts on the market today, so it can be confusing to know where to start. Here are a few things that you should consider.
Do you know anyone else who has used a stair climber? Ask them about their experiences; they may be able to make points which would have never occurred to you. Personal experience is always the best form of advice, and they may be able to recommend the perfect staircase for you.
Curved Or Straight?
Is the staircase in your home or office curved or straight? This is one of the first things you should consider. There are two main types of stair climber; those that are suitable for straight stairs, and those which will fit to curved staircases. You will need to check carefully that the stair climber you choose is suitable for your stairs.
Many stair climbers come with a swivelling seat, so that you are turned once you reach the top, in order to face in the direction you are going. These can be a useful feature, as they are designed to make it easier to descend from the lift, however they may be operated by a lever which those with wrist and arm problems may find difficult to use.
Who Will Operate?
Will the user be operating the climber, or a family member or carer? If the user will be operating it alone, take time to ensure that the device is easy for somebody with impaired mobility to operate.
It’s also important to consider the other people who will be using the stairs. Does the stair climber take up a lot of room? Will able bodied people still be able to easily ascend and descend the stairs? Many of the stair climbers available from K5 are not permanent fixtures of the stairs, allowing them to be neatly put away after use.
For more information about the range of climbers we offer, please call 01234 354539 or contact us online.