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Stairlift Features & Solutions: What You Need

Take a look at Dr Hilary Jones' checklist to help you make the right choice when looking for a stairlift. Acorn Stairlifts have all the stairlift features you need, and none you don't.

Over the years, Dr Hilary Jones has seen many of his patients benefit from having a stairlift installed in the home. As Medical Advisor to Acorn Stairlifts, we asked Dr Hilary what he considered to be the most important and useful features of a stairlift solution.

Here is Dr Hilary's stairlift features checklist to help you make the right choice:

  • It is vital that your stairlift has safety sensors which automatically cut off power to the lift if they detect a potential obstruction, such as something left on the stairs
  • A lockable swivel seat is a real advantage in making it easy and safe to get on and off the stairlift
  • Always opt for a stairlift which begins to travel and comes to a halt so smoothly that you will hardly even notice
  • Choosing a DC powered stairlift means it will continue to operate even if there is a power cut, so there's no risk of being stranded on the stairs
  • A simple switch or paddle control makes operating your stairlift extremely simple. Having this control on both arms of the stairlift makes it more versatile and great for multiple users
  • For added peace of mind, look for a stairlift with a safety belt fitted as standard
  • A clear and easy-to-read digital display on the stairlift will enable you to diagnose any simple faults or changes in the stairlift's status
  • A remote control allows you to simply call for or send the stairlift if it isn't where you or another user needs it to be. Having two remotes, one for the top of the stairs and one for the bottom, is even better
Dr Hilary Jones presents a stairlift