Our stairlifts range offers features such as a powered swivel seat and powered folding footplate; these can make using a stairlift even easier by allowing you to operate these functions at the touch of a button rather than manually. Even if you don't need them now, they may be something you will benefit from in the future. And battery back-up means they will still work in case of a power outage.
In order for the seat to get low enough for the user to sit on, it is necessary for the track to extend beyond the staircase to the hall floor.
Some houses will have a doorway close to the bottom of the stairs and the track may intrude across this. In these circumstances a hinged track should be fitted. This means that the track can be folded away from the doorway giving clear access.
The Van Gogh, Rembrandt and Vermeer stairlifts can be supplied with a unique hinged track that extends when you go downstairs, and folds up when you are finished, allowing any doors at the base of the staircase to be used as normal.
The 1000 and the 2000 are available with an automatic hinged track. When operating the stairlift from the toggle, the hinge will lift/lower automatically.
When the stairlift is not in use the hinge is folded by holding a button on the remote control which means you do not need to move the track yourself. When the button is pressed your stairlift moves up the track and parks on a charging station, the hinge section then moves automatically leaving the doorway clear.
The Slide Track is a ground breaking solution available only from Handicare for use with a Simplicity or Simplicity+ straight stairlift.
This unique solution removes the need for a hinge, instead the track moves up the staircase at the same time as the seat is moving, leaving the doorway at the base of your stairs unobstructed.
Similar to a powered hinge, the Slide Track works automatically when the toggle or remote control is activated.
A Slide Track is slightly shorter than the length of your staircase. When you start to travel up the staircase the track will move with you. The track will reach the top of your stairs before the stairlift, it will stop whilst your stairlift continues on its journey to the top where you can safely dismount.
When you come downstairs the track will travel down with you so you can dismount safely at the bottom.
The Slide Track is fitted with safety sensors at either end, these will halt the track if it encounters an obstacle during use. Your stairlift will continue to move towards the obstacle if desired where, if safe to do so, you can remove the obstruction and continue your journey. Alternatively the track and stairlift can be moved away from the obstruction.
The Slide Track also offers safety benefits over a traditional hinged system by removing any risk of an object becoming caught in the hinge.
When you arrive at the top of the stairs you will need to swivel your seat round so that you exit onto the landing safely.
If you have a manual swivel you will find a handle at either side of the seat.
For the Simplicity, Van Gogh, Rembrandt and Vermeer, pushing down the lever allows the seat to be swivelled.
For the Simplicity +, 1000 and 2000 stairlifts by pressing either handle down, or pulling it up, you can swivel the seat around to face the landing, where it will lock in place, allowing you to dismount safely.
If you choose the powered swivel option the seat swivel is operated by continuing to hold the toggle or joystick when you arrive at the top of the staircase.
The seat will move automatically while the toggle / joystick is activated. Our powered swivels have a manual override for emergency release to improve stairway access if required.
The footplate and seat can be folded up to increase available space leaving the staircase as clear as possible for other users.
Lifted and lowered by hand, manual footplates are fitted with an easy fold mechanism that minimizes the strength required to fold the footplate up or down.
If you choose the powered footplate option it will remove the need for you to bend down to fold or unfold the footplate.
You can choose to have a footplate that folds automatically when the seat is folded and unfolded, or that is operated separately to the seat by a switch in the seat arm so you can raise and lower the footplate whilst seated.