One advantage of installing commercial stair lifts for disabled individuals is that they usually are a construction-free accessibility solution. A commercial stair lift attaches to your existing stair treads via a rail that the chair travels up and down. This simple attachment means there is no need for a lengthy construction process. When you opt for a commercial stair lift in your establishment, you can expect a straightforward and secure installation that takes place in a timely manner. In fact, a typical stair lift installation can be completed in less than a day.
Stair lifts in commercial settings provide a cost-efficient solution that opens a space up to people with mobility challenges. No invasive construction measures need to take place for the lift to be installed. There is no need for large work crews to come in and secure the lift. In light of this, stair lifts are not as capital intensive as other mobility solutions.
Additionally, maintaining a stair lift is not a costly endeavor. The price of a stair lift depends on the type of lift needed to fit the existing staircase, and the features required to overcome the mobility challenges of those using the lift.
Overall, these units provide an affordable solution for businesses, churches and other establishments seeking to make a building more accessible.
Commercial stair lifts, also known as stair chairs or stairway chairlifts, may not be suitable for every building. For example, if your building is required to meet ADA code, a more comprehensive accessibility solution, such as a vertical platform lift or LULA elevator, might be needed. This is because wheelchair users do not have to transfer out of their wheelchairs to use a platform lift or LULA elevator. Commercial stair lifts, on the other hand, do require a wheelchair user to transfer into the stair lift seat, and then back onto a wheelchair at the other end of the stairs.
However, for individuals who simply have trouble walking up or down the stairs or use a walker or cane, a commercial stair lift might be just the right solution. Sometimes, there is a need to accommodate specific individuals who frequent a building. For instance, churches and other places of worship, as well as veterans’ organizations and fraternal lodges, know their members well. We work with these organizations every day to help ensure that all members can attend worship services and join important meetings.
Commercial stair lifts come in straight and curved options to fit the shape of your staircase. Arrow Lift can also install custom commercial stair lifts to ensure accessibility in unique stair environments. For example, extra-long staircases may require a custom rail that reaches safely from top to bottom.
Stair lifts in commercial settings bring you the reliability of heavy-duty machines and the customizability that allows you to make it your own. For instance, commercial stair lifts can support 300 to 450 pounds, depending on the unit. At the same time, there are customizable colors and pattern features that you can select to match your space's color palette. Furthermore, stair lifts in commercial spaces also feature robust safety components.
In certain settings, there is limited space for the addition of an accessibility solution. For spaces in which fitting a commercial elevator is not feasible, commercial stair lifts may provide a fitting solution. The exact amount of space necessary depends on multiple factors, including the staircase in question and the stair lift style. In general, light and medium-duty stair lifts need 24 inches beyond the bottom step. Heavy-duty models require 30 inches.
Another space-saving element of commercial stair lifts for disabled individuals is the folding capability. When the commercial stair lift is not in use, the unit can be folded up and out of the way. This allows a clear walkway for others to move up and down the staircase freely. You can also opt for a custom rail that turns and parks the chair around a corner to preserve even more space. The key is to work with an experienced, local lift company that offers multiple brands to find the best stair lift for your place of worship or commercial building.