One of the most essential devices that Ponsi Shoes, Inc. & Medical Supply provides for people with injuries or disabilities is stairlifts.
Stairlifts are intended for people who have trouble navigating stairs or are unable to walk — such as the elderly, fall-prone individuals, and folks who are physically challenged. The devices allow users to ascend or descend stairs in their home safely.
Users sit in a motorized chair that follows a track that is installed along the staircase in the home. Stairlifts can be fitted to most stair configurations and they can go around corners, too.
Stairlifts are extremely safe and our team members are highly trained in installing the devices. They can be installed in about two hours.
The devices can be used by people of all ages, and they employ the use of lap belts or five-point harnesses. Stairlift users should adhere to the stated weight capacity of their lifts. Ponsi can install stairlifts that can carry users weighing up to 600 pounds.
According to Acorn Stairlifts, the devices don’t use a lot of electricity and typically they use the same amount of electricity as small TV sets on standby.
Ponsi technicians have taken technical classes and are certified through Acorn, Brooks and Harmar stairlift manufacturers. Our trusted technicians have a minimum of 10 years’ experience in the field and they are the best in what they do.
Our team can professionally advise the best solution for your particular staircase. Whether a straight or curved stairlift is required, the best solution will be offered depending on your individual circumstances.
Vertical Platform Lifts (VPLs)
Ponsi technicians can also install vertical platform lifts (VPLs) at your house to provide you with access to raised entries, porches, decks or different levels in your home that prohibit the use of a wheelchair or scooter.
These differences in height can be as little as 2 feet to as much as 14 feet, inside or outside the home.
An advantage of VPLs is that they can be used by wheelchair and scooter users, transporting users and their mobility devices together.
There are many options to consider when shopping for stairlifts, they include:
• Swivel seats
• Angled seats
• Armrests and footrests
• Collapsible seats
• Standing stairlifts
Stairlift Safety Tips
ConsumersAdvocate.org lists the following safety tips for using stairlifts.
Buckle up: Even though the ride up and down the stairs is a smooth one, it is crucial that users wear seatbelts to avoid injuries. Bear in mind, however, that supervision may be necessary for people who are disabled.
Not a toy: You must make sure that children do not play with, or on the equipment without adult supervision. Children’s stairlifts come with a child-proof immobilization feature that prevents children from using stairlifts without adult supervision.
Fold the seat: Stairlifts are designed with foldable seats to make sure that they don’t get in the way of people who are using the stairs. Therefore, it is important to fold the seat after each use to avoid tripping people.
Obstruction sensors: Most modern stairlifts are fitted with safety sensors that automatically stop the lift when they detect any solid object in their path such as pets or toys. Also, some models come equipped with pressure-sensitive safety surfaces, that will stop the stairlift when an obstruction is detected.
Beware of loose items: Items such as scarves, long skirts, blankets and long jackets could become trapped under the stairlift mechanism, causing personal injury or damaging the stairlift. Make sure that loose items are kept clear of the stairlift.
No liquids: Please don’t drink (or let any type of liquid) near the stairlift. If you need to transport liquids, please do so with care and use a container with a lid.
One at a time: Stairlifts are designed to carry one person at a time. Never attempt to carry more than one person, including children.
Regular maintenance: Get your stairlift regularly checked by a professional to ensure it’s safe to operate. Stop using the stairlift if any of the safety features stop working, starts behaving strangely, or if you notice any signs of wear and tear. Trusted Ponsi technicians are just a phone call away.
Please be sure to refer to your user’s manual for additional information regarding your particular stairlift model.
Visit Our Show Room
Ponsi Shoes, Inc. & Medical Supply is proud to bring our wide selection of stairlifts and vertical platform lifts (VPLs) to the Pittsburgh, Greensburg and North Huntingdon area.
As a leading stairlift and VPL provider, we supply our customers with quality stairlifts from Acorn, Brooks and Harmar.
Our VPL selection includes products from EZ-Access, Harmar and Ram Trus-T-Lift. See our complete list of stairlifts and VPLs below.
Please visit our show room and browse through our many styles of stair lifts. Contact us at 724-864-2210 or toll free at 866-708-5825 with any questions, or to purchase a stairlift or VPL from your #1 choice in mobility.
Stairlifts Start at $695
Stairlifts — Straight and Curved
• New Straight Lift starting at $1,695
• Complete Stairlift with installation $1,985
• Curved Stairlifts installed starting at $4,995
• Pre-Owned Refurbished Stairlifts starting at $695
• Brooks Indoor Straight Stairlift
• Brooks Outdoor Stairlift
Harmar Stairlifts – Straight
• SL300 Pinnacle Straight Stairlift
• SL350AC Indoor AC Straight Stairlift
• SL400 Vantage Straight Stairlift
• SL350OD Outdoor Straight Stairlift
• SL600 Pinnacle Premium Straight Stairlift
• SL600HD Pinnacle Heavy Duty Straight Stairlift
Harmar Stairlifts – Curved
• CSL500 Helix Curved Stairlift
Vertical Platform Lifts (VPLs)
EZ-Access Vertical Platform Lifts
• Passport Vertical Platform Lift
Harmar Vertical Platform Lifts
• RPL Residential VPL 600 lbs. Capacity
• CPL Commercial & Residential VPL 750 lbs. Capacity
• EPL Enclosed CPL 750 lbs. Capacity
• CPL400P Portable CPL400P 750 lbs. Capacity
• TG400 Toe Guard CPL 750 lbs. Capacity
• Trus-T-Lift™ 750
Mobility Carrier for your Car, Truck or SUV
• T4010 Trilift Lite
• T1010 Classic Lift
• T1030 Heavy Duty