How does a stairlift function?

The majority of home stairlifts are easy to operate and simple to maintain, offering good reliability. While it is not unusual for problems to happen, there are some things you need to know to keep your stairlift working fine.

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Stairlifts consists of a seat (or standing platform), footrests, operation controls and tracking rails to move the lift along. To use it, you usually: press the call button on the power station positioned at the top or bottom of the stairs. The button will either be on the wall or on a remote control. Sitting in the seat, fasten the seatbelt and rest feet on the footrest. There will be a lever or joystick that when pushed will send the stairlift where you want to go, and it will start to move.

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Stairlifts have built-in sensors primarily designed to recognise any barriers on the staircase – like objects that have been dropped by a pet. The stairlift will come to a stop automatically in this situation, so that the obstruction can be removed. Find out more about Stairlifts Bristol at a site like

Most come with seated stairlifts, padded swivel chairs which are height-adjustable, so you can easily get on and off them without having to change or twist your body. Some have motorized swivel chairs; all of which will be secured into place when needed. Most models also feature a movable arm so that it is easier to get in and out of the chair. Fold up chairs that can be neatly tucked away when not in use can help the stairs to remain accessible to non-users of the stairlift.