Written by Stannah at 05-03-2019
When you need to go up and down the stairs every day, joint pain can become a real issue. And while all the stairlifts in our range can provide you with an immediate sense of relief when travelling up and down the stairs, they won’t feel as comfortable if your actual problem is sitting down or getting back up, either due to joint stiffness or a hip-related condition. At Stannah, it didn’t take long before we realized that it was time to come up with a solution that could change the lives of customers struggling with this kind of problem. So, we went back to the drawing board and focused on developing the Sadler: a perch-style stairlift that allows you to glide up and down the stairs in a near-upright position, taking most your weight through its unique saddle-style seat, so your knees, hips and back are not put under unnecessary strain.
And that’s not all the Sadler can do for you. Read on to find out more about how a perch stairlift can help you or a loved one regain their freedom of movement at home.
Perch seats around the city: have you spotted them?
Have you noticed any perch seats around your neighbourhood? Perhaps you saw one but didn’t think much of it at the time. These seats are becoming more common nowadays, especially as the struggles faced by people living with restricted mobility become a recurring topic in the everyday conversations of our rapidly ageing society.
If you look around, you can probably spot a perch seat pretty easily. You can find them at bus stops, in parks, rest areas and they’re even being considered for trains. And if you think about it, it’s quite easy to understand why: as soon as you sit on it, you’re immediately encouraged to keep a better posture by straightening your back, since perch seats are designed to be a midpoint between sitting and standing. So instead of slouching, you can simply lean against the seat, stretch your legs and relax your knees for a bit while you’re waiting for the bus to come or while taking a break after a walk in the park.
People with arthritis or who are recovering from an injury like a hip fracture, for instance, also tend to find perch seats quite helpful: because their joints can’t be put under too much stress, being able to rest for a bit while remaining in a near-upright position can help them sit down and stand back up a lot faster and with far less pain.
At Stannah, we’ve spent a great deal of time working with occupational therapists and doctors, so we could really understand how someone struggling with limited flexibility could get the most out of a perch stairlift. We even decided to take things up a notch by using an arthritis suit, so we could really experience what people living with osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis go through.
Combining ongoing medical research and over 150 years of experience in the lifting industry enabled us to develop a unique perch-style stairlift that we believe can really make a difference in the lives of people living with this sort of physical condition. So, let us tell you a bit more about how the Sadler could help you regain your freedom of movement, even if you’re struggling with limited mobility.
How the Sadler can help people struggling with restricted flexibility get moving again
Did you know that 50% of older adults will experience some form of arthritis at some point in their lives? From swelling and pain to stiffness and generally having a hard time sitting down and getting back up, living with any form of arthritis can really take a toll on your life, as well as on your family and friends. That’s why we’ve put so much thought into every feature that we added to the Sadler: from the seat that tilts back up when you need to stand to the chair’s height, which can be adjusted to your specific height so you can travel in a near-upright position, we thought of every little detail that could help you regain your independence, even if your struggling with any form arthritic condition. Let’s see some of them in more detail:
As an alternative to traditional stairlifts, the Sadler’s unique saddle seat style reclines gently when you sit down and tilts back up when you straighten up. Its unique design helps to take the pressure off your knees, hips and back since most of your weight is supported by the seat itself.
Adjustable height for a near-upright position
The Sadler’s height can be adjusted to suit taller and shorter people. So, when it’s installed in your home, our trained technicians will make sure that your Sadler is perfectly adjusted to your height, so you can travel in a near-upright position as comfortable as possible.
Since you’re travelling in a near-standing position, soft ridges were incorporated to the Sadler’s seat to give you that extra grip and make sure you feel perfectly safe when gliding up and down the stairs.
You don’t have to worry about having to bend down to fold your Sadler. The footrest will automatically fold up when you fold the stairlift’s arms, so there’s no awkward bending down. This feature is particularly useful at the top of the stairs, so you won’t have to worry about falling downstairs while trying to fold your stairlift.
Your safety is our main priority. As such, the Sadler comes fitted with safety sensors around its footrest and carriage, which will immediately bring the stairlift to a safe and gentle stop in case any obstructions are detected on your stairs.
Perfect for narrow stairs
The Sadler is perfect for narrow stairs. Its slimline curved rail leaves you with enough room to go around tight corners without bumping your knees. You also don’t have to worry about other people using the stairs and being bothered by your Sadler, because when you’re not using it, it folds away neatly, taking up very little space.
Finding a stairlift that can fit your needs and the home you love
One of our main goals has always been to offer products that fit our customers’ needs and can make a real difference in their lives. As a family-owned business, our in-house researchers and engineers have the freedom to develop and test different solutions that can help you live more safely and comfortably in your own home. So, if going up the stairs doesn’t feel quite safe anymore, call us today. Don’t let your independence and peace of mind slip away because your staircase is too narrow, too steep, or you’re struggling with joint stiffness. After you’ve called us and arranged for a free stair survey, one of our experienced advisors will come to your house, assess your needs and answer any doubts you may have. From the moment you call us, you can trust that we will do our very best to meet your expectations and help you find that one stairlift that can make a real difference in your life and finally give you back that sense of comfort and peace of mind that comes from knowing that you’ll be able to stay in the home you love for many years to come.