For some people, pain in the knees, hips or even back can make it difficult, uncomfortable and even dangerous to climb the stairs, but it can also make it difficult to sit in a conventional straight-backed chair.
For these people the stairs in their home pose a double dilemma: they are troublesome to use on foot without assistance, but a conventional stairlift would not help because they would be unable to sit easily on the carriage seat.
Thankfully, as with most stair-related dilemmas, Acorn offers a practical and affordable solution. The Acorn Sit-Stand Stairlift really does what its name suggests, allowing users to either sit or stand while being carried smoothly and safely up or down the stairs in their home.
People who find it difficult or uncomfortable to sit can instead stand on the carriage’s sturdy fold-down foot platform, facing the wall immediately behind the stairlift, and gain extra support by holding onto the robust additional handrails fixed securely to the rear of the stairlift carriage. The stairlift can then be operated in the normal way using the ergonomic paddle controls placed on each of the stairlift arms, or by using the remote control, two of which are supplied as standard with every Acorn Stairlift.
If using the armrest controls, the best way is to hold onto the main grab rail handle with your right hand and use your left hand to operate the paddle switch on the armrest nearest the top of the stairs. This switch will operate with the arm in the folded up position, putting it at the optimum position for use while standing. The armrest nearest the foot of the stairs needs to be in the down position (as a safety feature) when using the armrest controls, but the stairlift will operate with both arms folded up if you choose to use the remote control.
Because all Acorn Stairlifts are designed to set off and come to a halt extremely smoothly, without any sudden ‘jolt’ or ‘judder’, and to glide at a steady even pace up and down the stairs, standing on the foot platform and holding onto the secure grab rails remains a very safe option. If necessary, small modifications can also be made to the stairlift rail at the top or bottom to ensure the stairlift delivers you to a safe and level point for simply stepping on and off.
The Acorn Sit-Stand Stairlift really comes into its own in a setting where more than one person needs to use a stairlift but their physical needs differ. Imagine you need a stairlift but struggle to bend at the knees, while your spouse also needs help with the stairs but can use a stairlift in the more conventional seated position. The Acorn Sit-Stand will meet both your needs perfectly in one versatile package.
Furthermore, because our Sit-Stand model is a simple but effective modification to our standard stairlift carriage, the cost is kept to an absolute minimum. The only non-standard parts needed are the bolt-on extra handrails for additional support – meaning a significant saving in manufacturing cost which we pass on to you, the customer.
As with all our stairlifts, the footrest, seat and armrests of the Sit-Stand model all fold up neatly, minimising the amount of space it takes up when not in use, and allowing other family members or visitors to use the stairs without hindrance.
The most effective solutions are often the simplest, and we’ve found our Sit-Stand model is just that. It combines all the great features found on every Acorn Stairlift with an uncomplicated, unintrusive and cost-effective modification which makes it the ideal solution for those who find sitting difficult.
If you thought a stairlift wasn’t for you because you can’t sit in comfort, think again… think Acorn!
• For more details of our full range of Acorn Stairlifts or to arrange a free, no-obligation home survey and personalised quote, call today on 0800 073 9775.