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What’s the Difference and Which is Better?

Stair lift at the bottom of a staircase

Thanks to modern technology, there are now a number of ways for people who can’t get around as easily or need the assistance of wheelchairs to tackle staircases without any problem. The developments in technology and the affordability of the machines that can carry people in or out of wheelchairs up and down stairs effortlessly has allowed elderly loved ones to stay in their own homes and others the freedom to go where they want when they want to.

Two popular and affordable options are stair lifts and platform lifts. If you’re in the market for a way to get up the stairs, you may be considering one of these, but what’s the difference and which is best for you?

Stair Lifts

Stair lifts are motorized chairs attached to a track the runs up along a staircase allowing persons who are unable to go up and down stairs to still easily access any floor they choose. Whether you have a flight of stairs that goes straight up or need a stair lift that can go around corners and curves, you will be able to find a variety of stair lifts to fit your needs.

Stair lifts are best for elderly people or people with mobility issues that restrict them from going up and down stairs. Most stair lifts are designed to have parts fold up when not in use so as to allow as much space as possible for any other residents.

Platform Lifts

Platform lifts are motorized platforms that are attached to a track that runs up along the staircase. Platform lifts allow people who need the assistance of a wheelchair to get up and down stairs with ease. Like stair lifts, there are multiple designs to accommodate any staircase, straight or curved.

Platform lifts are best for persons with mobility equipment who need to get up and down stairs. Platform lifts fold up flat when not in use so that other residents can get up and down stairs without issue as well.

Whether you’re in need of a stair lift or a platform lift, we have what you need at Country Home Elevator & Stair Lift. Our commitment is to listen to our customers and exceed their expectations in the products we provide. Visit us at www.countryhomeelevator.com to get in touch and find a showroom near you today.

4 Reasons Not To Buy Used Stairlifts

Why Shouldn’t I Buy a Used Stairlift? 4 Reasons You Need to Forgo Used Stairlifts Home owners who want to add a stairlift to their home are often tempted to check Craigslist and even eBay for used lifts as a way to save cash. This is not a good idea. At best, it’s a waste of time and money, and at worst, it’s completely unsafe, and someone could get hurt. The stairlift industry has had new and used lifts as options for a long time, but the used ones are carefully selected by trained professionals. Often, people buy a stairlift and only need it for six months to a few years. But it’s not as easy as just finding a used stairlift online and settling on a price. Here are four important reasons why you should avoid used lifts.

1. Your Stairlift Could be “Other” Handed

Take a look at your house. Which side of the stairs are you going to put yours? Some people need a righthand lift, but what if you bought a lefthand configuration? What if you have a door right in front of the bottom of the stairway? You can’t just switch sides of the staircase, because the rails are configured for either lefthand or righthand usage. There are some units that can switch sides, but they’re often very difficult to take apart and switch, unless you have a lot of experience doing so.

2. The Length of Rail May be Off

The length of a stairlift rail is usually 16 feet in length, and covers most residential applications. So it can be a real problem if the rail has been cut down. What would you do if you need 14 feet of rail, but you bought a 12 footer? The previous owner had a shorter staircase, so their rail was trimmed down to the right size. Stairlift dealers don’t often keep four-foot sections of rail in their warehouse. They just use 16 foot pieces as needed, so it’s not like you can call around for an extension. Besides, they’re all different sizes and styles. Even manufacturers will change their styles over time, so two rails from the same manufacturer can be completely different. Knowing how they fit and how to extend them is a big issue, and not one that can be tackled on a weekend project.

3. Did You Get All the Parts?

When the other person pulled the stairlift out of their house, did they get all the parts to it? All the bolts and brackets? Did you get the battery charger, or did they forget to ship it? What about that extra piece they had left over and stuck in the junk drawer for three years? What if that’s the most crucial piece for your particular setup? Unless the owner kept every manual and parts list, and has done a complete inventory of what they sent you, you have no way of knowing whether you have every part until you’re done.

4. Does It Even Work?

Even knowing whether the stairlift works at all is a big deal. If you buy a used stairlift from someone you don’t know, you’re buying their problem. Maybe they bought it used themselves and couldn’t get it to work, but they want to offload it. Or maybe it never worked quite right, and that’s why they’re trying to sell it. But they can just claim you damaged it or that it broke in transit. stannah420Bottom line: You have to ask yourself, what’s the gamble in buying a used stairlift and paying only $1000 less for something that may or may not work, may not have all the parts or the right sizes, and may not even match your stair configurations. You’ll get an item that doesn’t have a warranty, doesn’t fit, might not work, and you’ll end up absorbing significant losses if it doesn’t work. Your best bet? Call the professionals at Country Home Elevator and ask for more information on a stairlift for your home.

Stairlifts: The Ideal Investment for Aging Parents

Stannah 260 Stairway Lift

Aging is a process of gaining wisdom, but it can also bring painful joints and weakened muscles. Unlike wine, knees and hips don’t improve with age. Watching our parents get older can lead to the difficult realization that stairs are no longer an asset in their homes. With basements and second-floor bedrooms a common feature of the average family home, stairs can become difficult – or even dangerous – for senior citizens to use.

Loss of Mobility and Difficult Decisions

Many solutions are daunting or undesirable, such as selling the house, moving into an assisted-living facility or limiting access to the home. None of these solutions are ideal or easy to implement, so senior citizens may not act on it until a stair injury forces them to make new choices. However, there is a simple, efficient option for your aging parents; a high-quality stairlift from Country Home Elevator makes taking the stairs easy and comfortable again.

A Solution to Regain Independence

Moving or making difficult adjustments to a long-time home can be an overwhelming option for a senior citizen, and the choice to stay in place will bring relief and renewed optimism. A stairlift provides a simple way to bypass the stairs and travel up and down in a safe, simple manner. With options for both straight and curved flights of stairs, this life-changing tool can be installed in almost any home, including outdoor locations. A stairlift from Country Home Elevator provides a boost to ongoing freedom and independence, and it can be conveniently installed in their home within a few hours.

Reliable and Safe Stairlift Systems from Country Home Elevator

With reliable, powerful batteries, stairlift systems are always ready to provide a trip up or down the stairs. Comfortable seats, armrests and footrests make the ride a pleasant and effortless one, and they operate quietly and are easily controlled by the user. The freedom of moving throughout their homes without pain or fear provides peace of mind for senior citizens. Three different models give you a variety of price points and options from which to choose; quality features and a compact size make these stairlifts a convenient choice for your parents’ home. By investing in a stairlift with an industry-leading manufacturer’s warranty and excellent safety features, you can provide a simple way to help your parents adapt to their changing needs without uprooting their lives. Maintaining independence is an important part of growing older, and with the assistance of a stairlift from Country Home Elevator, a home with stairs is no longer an issue.

The End Of An Era: ThyssenKrupp Access Leaves North America

ThyssenKrupp Access leaves North AmericaAugust 22nd, 2012, marked the beginning of the end for two of America’s home elevator and lift brand names – Access Industries and National Wheel-O-Vator. On that day, global elevating giant ThyssenKrupp announced the imminent closure of its North American division, ThyssenKrupp Access. There will be no more new production – and soon, no more new parts – for TKA, National Wheel-O-Vator, LEV, Access Industries, and other brands established or acquired in the history of ThyssenKrupp Access.

In their decision to shutter the operation, ThyssenKrupp officials cited manufacturing issues and the sluggish economy. Unfortunately, the bad economy is about to get even worse for TKA employees, who will soon find themselves out on the job market again. We wish the best for all of these fellow elevator professionals, and hope that they will be able to find new employment quickly.

As TKA employees wonder about the future of their careers, the many owners of TK Access elevators and lifts are wondering about the future of their installations. How will they get spare parts and qualified service with the American TKA brands cut adrift?

Country Home Elevator was founded by a former American Stair Glide engineer and longtime TKA dealer, Craig Jones, CET-S. We will be using this experience and expertise to help take up the slack for owners of TKA products. Contact Country Home Elevator for all your TKA parts and service needs.

We are saddened by the loss of employment for TKA staff. Ultimately, however, the home elevator industry will live on – with young companies like Symmetry Elevating Solutions building new and greater innovation on the foundation of the past.

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