The stair lift, after all, is for them. To know their preferences, here are some questions which should be answered before you buy a stair lift. Would the user prefer to be held, to sit down or remain in the wheel chair while going up or down through the staircase? If the user wants to be held, a position or an elevator being perched on the stair lift would be necessary. If the user wants to sit, an elevator posed on the staircase is suitable. And if the user wants to remain in the wheel chair, then a stair lift with a platform for the wheel chair must be bought. How large or small is the user? A stair lift for an adult would not be appropriate for a handicapped child. Just as to buy an stair lift for use on a staircase meant for child would be disastrous for an adult who will be using it. If the user is tall, the seat must be lowered and adjusted to adapt to its size. The majority of the stair lifts would encourage the user to face in length while it travels through the staircase. But when the user has a stiff knee, to face to the side can be difficult and uncomfortable.
It must face ahead and this means that the seat must be arranged to satisfy this need. It also means that the stair lift must be broader. Some users could be slightly acrophobic, particularly when the reason of their incapacity was from a fall from a dangerous height. In addition to a safety belt, additional guard rails must be installed. Those could be considered superfluous, but the user does not need to tremble in fear each time they use the stair lift. What are the types of controls the user would prefer and be most comfortable with? The controls can be on panel by push-button, or a handle, or controls with a rocker.
The user must be able to use these controls with ease and competence. The positioning of the controls should also be considered.
For example, the user can be left-handed or right handed, or the right hand of the user could be in a cast. The placement of the controls on the bad side of the user would be cumbersome. If, for some reason, the user cannot operate the controls, the caregiver must be able to use them. Some users may be blind or have poor sight. The stair lift must have a type of audio signal to inform the user when it has reached the higher landing or the bottom of the staircases. And then, there are unimportant considerations such as the color and the design of the seat. Be sure to ask the person who will use the stair lift his or her preferences.