If you have an aging parent who's beginning to struggle with their stairs, then installing electric home lifts for them could make their daily life easier and give them back some independence. Before you buy a new home lift, you'll need to take several measurements and decide which side of the staircase to install the rail that the lift will operate on.
The stair lift doesn't have to run adjacent to a wall, as the rail will be mounted onto the stair treads, so if there are fixtures that could get in the way on the wall, such as a window sill or handrail, you can install it on the other side of the staircase. What is essential though is that there's sufficient space for the rail to overhang at the top and bottom of the stairs. Allow 8'' on the top landing and 14'' at the bottom for this.
Total Length: This measurement will determine how long the home lift rail needs to be. Measure from the landing edge of the top stair to the floor at the bottom, in a diagonal line.
Width: Measure this at several points along the staircase, as it might vary slightly. Use the narrowest width as your measurement.
Clearance: At floor level at the bottom of the staircase, you will need to have clearance of at least 24'' between the bottom stair and any wall or door.
Step Height and Depth: Measure the height of several steps to get an average. Do the same with the depth, aka the tread.
Diagonal of a Step: This is the diagonal measurement of adjacent steps. Again, take a few measurements and work out the average.
Currently, different wheelchair lifts are available for your home. Your choice will cause you to consider several factors and needs, based on your home's setup. You may want to investigate the following types of wheelchair lifts.
Elevator Lift: Elevator lifts are miniature elevators that can be easily accessed and operated by the person in the wheelchair. This is the most expensive type of lift available.
Step Lift: You can install a step lift in either the front or the back of the home. Step lifts raise the wheelchair up the porch steps of the home to the door. A home lift is designed to withstand all types of weather.
Stair Lift: Home lifts provide mobility inside your home. They carry the person in the wheelchair up your home's staircase. You can install these wheelchair lifts to fit the contours of your stairs. They safely and easily carry a person to each level of your home.