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Last Updated on March 17, 2012

Having a disability may be tough at first; however, after overcoming the emotional burden, the household fixes are the only things that are left between you and your normal routine. Oftentimes, family members get confused as to the terminology associated with handicap technology. One of the main questions asked is, “What is the difference between a chair lift and a stair lift?”

We understand your confusion, so in order to help you, here are some of the differences between a stair lift and chair lift:

  • A stair lift has a seat that the person sits on to ride up the stairs.
  • A chair lift or vertical lift is a platform lift designed to help a wheelchair user travel up one level.
  • Stair lifts are designed more for those who use walkers or other collapsible assistive walking devices, whereas chair lifts are designed to carry both wheelchair and person at the same time.
  • The chair lift is an elevator type lift, which is much more common in commercial buildings, while stair lifts are usually relegated to private residences.

When deciding which lift is the best fit for your family and household needs, you should consult with your healthcare provider, doctor, or occupational therapist to make the best decision possible. Before you install the stair lift, make sure you inquire about the proper safety regulations concerning the equipment and get a professional installation.

Here at Williams Lift Company we are dedicated to providing outstanding service and quality lifts to the greater New Jersey and Staten Island areas. To learn about our family owned and operated company, contact us today.

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