One of the main problems of getting about in a wheelchair is coming up against a flight of steps or a stairway where there is no alternative means of ascending to the level those steps lead to. This is alleviated by the installation of a wheelchair stair lift in those places where it is possible to do so and there are no possibilities for fitting an elevator for the purpose.
So this article takes a look at using these great accessibility devices for wheelchair users that you will find on stairways and also as access to certain accessible vhicles such as handicap accessible RVs, MPVs and vans.
Their use is pretty simple by design because they need to be easily used by anyone in a wheelchair who is unaided. Making them difficult would just bar many from using them, so they were made easy so just about anyone can figure them out in no time at all and be riding up or down the stairs in comfort ad safety without nay trouble at all.
But if you were wondering what these handicap lifts are all about and how to use them, then here is a quick primer.
They operate along the stairs on a rail that is fixed either to the stair risers themselves or the wall side for stability and strength. There is a platform that rests in a vertical position when it's not being used so everyone who can walk okay can use the stairs.
When a wheelchair user needs to use the lift, they simply power it up with a simple button and the platform swings down to a horizontal position so you can just roll on. There is generally some kind of locking mechanism that stops the wheelchair from moving when it's in place.
You then just move a lever to go up or down and ride the stairs until you get top the other end. The locking mechanism is released and you simply roll off.
Some models will power themselves off after the ride is over and the platform will automatically swing back to its vertical position once the wheelchair is safely off. Others have to be powered off manually but these are more usually found in homes rather than in public areas, where the automatic models are more suited.
If the platform is at the other end of the stairs when you want to use it, when you hit the power up button, from where you are, it knows it has to come down (or up) to meet you before the platform swings down into its riding position.
That's about the long and the short of it of how these handicapped wheelchair lifts work and how a wheelchair user can user them easily, wherever they are. Hope this helps!