Stair lifts can give an injured worker the ability to access the upper level of their home including their bedroom and bathroom or access to their basement for emergencies and laundry access. This can offer a cost savings on constructing a new space on the main level.

Stair lifts come with many options and features to meet the needs of the end user. Curved stair lifts can span multiple levels and many configurations. Today’s straight stair lifts are anything but standard with many options such as a right- or left-hand configurations, folding rails, and powered footrests. We are even seeing some stair lifts as rentals for temporary needs.

It is important to know that stair lifts are not a one size fits all application. The claimant’s height and weight along with their abilities should be taken into consideration when selecting a stair lift.

It is also important to have a certified installer and technician for installation and repairs as each brand functions differently. Some operate on a cable drive system, rack and pinion system, while others have a “worm drive”. Electrical schematics vary and some features differ by manufacturer. Having the lift worked on by someone who is not a certified technician can void the warranty resulting in a costly mistake.

Routine maintenance is vital for the longevity of the lift. Although stair lifts are plugged into an outlet, it is a common misconception that this is the only power source. Stair lifts have batteries that require replacement. The charging strips at the top and bottom of the lift’s rail will charge the battery, but if the charging contacts are damaged or the lift is left mid-way up the stairs, the battery will not have the opportunity to charge. Some lifts also require lubrication of the track, while lubrication of other lifts can result in damage.

As you can see, all of this can be a bit overwhelming. The good news is, we are here to help in the selection process and for repairs of most existing stair lifts. Referrals or questions concerning stair lifts can be directed to our team at 1-800-856-1232 or by emailing referral@modificationnetwork.com.