stairlifts

Take Advantage Of The Affordable Price Of Used Stairlifts – by Michelle Bery

No Comments 30 December 2009

Most of us have never given much thought to a stairlift; for those who are able bodied, climbing and descending the stairs is just something that we do throughout the day. But for those who are physically challenged, managing stairs can be something to which they give quite a bit of thought. Luckily, advancements in technology has given way to a variety of products designed to help physically challenged consumers live a life of greater independence; one such product is the stairlift – an electric or battery powered device that moves users up and down stairs. While the purchase of new stairlift systems can come at a hefty price, the availability of used stairlifts offer consumers the technology that they need at a cost-effective price.

Used stairlifts – like their newer counterparts – come in a variety of models. While some provide a swivel stool on which users can sit, others offer a shelf on which users can perch or stand. With the activation of the unit, the user is moved up or down the stairs along a track that is mounted into the wall along the stairs. For those in wheelchairs, a wheelchair stairlift offers a platform onto which the user can position their chair before activating the mobility of the unit. Electric stairlifts utilize electric power while battery operated units run on rechargeable batteries.

New stairlifts of any variety are often expensive to install, in part because you are paying for the parts. Used stairlifts are available at much lower prices than newer units because the equipment is not new. Often consumers have the opportunity purchase used stairlifts that have been rented by other customers for temporary use. And even though the time in which they used the unit was short, the unit depreciates considerably in price.

You can often purchase used stairlifts through those companies that sell them new. Do some online research to find companies that will sell and install stairlifts and you will undoubtedly find an option to purchase used stairlifts. Company representatives will take measurements in your home and help you determine the services that will be most beneficial to your needs – after which they will install the unit and instruct you on the proper operation. Shop around for prices that are within your budget restrictions and you will surely find a unit that fits your needs – offering you a much greater level of independence.

For easy to understand, in depth information about used stairlifts visit our ezGuide 2 Wheel Chair Lifts.

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Electric Stairlifts Provide Mobility And Safety – by Michelle Bery

No Comments 28 December 2009

For most of us, simply climbing and descending the stairs in our home is something we take for granted; often we give little or no thought at all to the endless trips we make up and down on a daily basis. But for those for whom the stairs are a physical challenge, the prospect of walking up or down must be approached with caution and considerable thought. Subsequently, in the event of a decline in physical fitness – due to illness, injury, or age – electric stairlifts can make the impossible possible again.

Electric stairlifts are comprised of a swivel seat that allows users to easily sit down. With one simple touch of a button, the seat travels up or down the stairs along a track. Such a system can be used indoors as well as outdoors and tracks can be manipulated to accommodate straight or curved stairways.

Battery operated stairlifts do exist – and can be helpful should the power go out. But the disadvantage of battery stairlifts is that batteries must be frequently recharged – a process that takes a bit of time. In general, electric stairlifts are far more reliable, as you never have to worry about the batteries dying – or purchasing expensive new batteries. Although experts agree that you should always have batteries on hand should the power go out and the stairlift becomes inoperable.

There are a number of electric stairlifts for purchase through reputable companies nationwide. Use online resources in order to find the system that works for your home and budget. Once you make a choice, the company will come in and professionally install the system on the stairs of your choice.

Electric stairlifts are meant to make stairs accessible and convenient for those who have physical limitations. With proper planning, you can have a professionally installed stairlift in your home, making life that much easier to manage.

For easy to understand, in depth information about electric stairlifts visit our ezGuide 2 Wheel Chair Lifts.

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Dolphin Stairlifts (East Anglia) Press Release – by Christian Dunnage

No Comments 26 December 2009

Dolphin Stairlifts East Anglia announce a change of ownership and management.

The East Anglia branch of Dolphin Stairlifts has recently had a change of ownership and management. Dolphin is a well established national supplier of a range of mobility products and the change of ownership will facilitate further improvements in customer service for this area.

The new Director Paul Smith said

“I am excited at the prospect of developing DOLPHIN activities in Suffolk and Norfolk. I shall be giving full support to existing customers as well as providing a personal and prompt service to new clients. Whilst our key product is the Stairlift we can also meet many other mobility needs. An important reason to come to DOLPHIN is that the organisation has a wealth of knowledge of the products in the marketplace and, being independent, can recommend just the right one for a client.”

The range of products Dolphin can supply include: Stairlifts, Bathlifts, Scooters, Public Access lifts and Recliner chairs.

The new management is dedicated to uphold the Dolphin values of personal attention, full after sales service and support with competitive prices.

Dolphin (East Anglia) Limited operates over the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk and Paul Smith can be contacted on:

Telephone 01394 277100

Email anglia@dolphinlifts.co.uk

NOTES TO AUTHORS

1. DOLPHIN operates nationally with autonomous branches in all areas of the country.

2. Local managers have full training in the products they recommend and install and also access to central information on products.

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Accessory Checklist For Stairlifts – by Peter Garant

No Comments 25 December 2009

Accessories You May Purchase For Your Stairlift Product

You know how cars are always adorned by all sorts of accessories, right? Men go ga-ga over the bling-blings for their wheels, almost the same way women go crazy over belts, brooches and the sorts.

Well, for stairlifts, the primary purpose these accessories serve is safety and comfort and not design. Stairlifts may already be costly as they are, but it would still do you good to purchase accessories to ensure the well being of your loved ones.

Frame type Sit And Stand – If the stairlift product that’s to be installed at your house would be used by more than one person, perhaps it’s better to purchase a sit and stand frame for your stairlifts, especially when neither have the same health problems. With this type of frame for your stairlifts, the user or passenger may be able to either sit or stand while he/she climbs up and down the stairs.

Seatbelt – Yes, just like when you’re riding a roller coaster or your ordinary Ford truck, it’s always advisable to wear a seatbelt…just in case anything happens. You can choose between a seatbelt that would be wrapped around your lap – the manufacturers describe it as an inertia reel lap harness – or one that would strap both your shoulders – this time, referred to as static type, 3 point fixing over shoulder harness. Either way, as long as you have a seatbelt for your stairlift, the chances of risking injury are less likely.

Hinged Rail – In a small or compact sized house where there’s little space available, stairlifts with hinged rails are quite ideal because you could fold the lower part of the rail when it’s not in use. This is also ideal if your stairway is right next to the doorway and the lower part of the rail of the stairlift just serves as another obstruction.

Power Folding Footrest – Let’s just say that you have a mighty big house and even with the dough rolling in nonstop, you still prefer to install stairlifts instead of an elevator, no matter that there’s about twenty feet worth of stairs to climb up and down.

Wouldn’t it be nice for the passenger to have a footrest while they’re traveling from the East to the West Coast? But seriously though, the footrest for the stairlifts can also be handy for users or passengers who have problems bending down.

Power Swivel Seat – This is more for the comfort of passengers as they enter and exit the stairlifts.

These sites about residential stair lifts and stair lift installation are both dedicated to help you find the best information available how to buy and install residential stairlifts.

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Why You May Want A Power Wheelchair – by Emmanuel M. Aubrey

No Comments 23 December 2009

Wheelchairs have been built in order to help people who cannot move by themselves. The simple initial device has been later on motorized and improved to enable handicapped persons perform more tasks. There are two basic types of wheelchairs: the manual wheelchair and the power wheelchair. Some lead wheelchair producers are Invacare and Whirlwind Wheelchair International.
What Is an Electric Wheelchair?

An electric wheelchair (or a power wheelchair) is a chair that uses electric power in order to move the wheels. They are mostly used by people who don’t have enough strength to move their arms. These motorized wheelchairs uses batteries that need to be recharged on a regular basis.
Types of Power Wheelchairs
The Folding, Lightweight Power Wheelchair

These power wheelchairs have a pretty similar design with the manual wheelchairs, but they have two motors and rechargeable batteries. They are made for indoor use. They have small wheels in front. These wheelchairs are controlled with the use of a small joystick. Quadriplegics, who cannot move their hands, may use a special device for breath or mouth control.

The advantage of the folding power wheelchairs is that they are easy to use in very small spaces. Anyway, it is not very safe to use them outdoors.
The Lightweight Power-Assisted Wheelchair

For most of the time, these wheelchairs are used in the same way as manual wheelchairs. This model of power wheelchair is ideal for a quadriplegic or paraplegic person, who needs to use his arms for the benefit of the physical exercise. The electric power is used when the user gets tired or has to climb inclines.
The Non-Folding, Stand-Up Power Wheelchair

This model of power wheelchair has a special function to help people who cannot stand by themselves be stood up when they have a face-to-face conversation with someone standing up or for some household chores. They do not have casters so they are more difficult to use in small spaces. It is advised to use the standing-up function only on perfectly flat surfaces.
The Outdoor Power Wheelchair

This power wheelchair has been designed a long time ago, mostly for being used in rural areas. It weights up to 500 pounds so it is very unsuitable for being used in the apartment. Nevertheless, it is very efficient outdoors and can also be used in public buildings, hotels or hospitals.
The Indoor Stair-Climbing Power Wheelchair

This power wheelchair is built to be used in apartments and public buildings. Apart from the basic power wheelchair functions, it also has a stair-climbing facility.
The Combined Indoor-Outdoor Power Wheelchair

This type of power wheelchair tries to mix the characteristics of indoor and outdoor wheelchairs in order to reduce costs and storage space. Anyhow, they do have lots of safety limitations and many functions are performed poorly.

For More Information on wheelchair go to power wheelchair

Emmanuel Aubrey
Researcher
http://www.wheelchairhelpcenter.info

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