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A stairlift is defined by Wikipedia as a mechanical device for lifting people and wheelchairs up and down stairs.
For sufficiently wide stairs, a rail is mounted to the treads of the stairs. A chair or lifting platform is attached to the rail. A person on the chair or platform is lifted as the chair or platform moves along the rail.
Stairlifts are known variously as stair lifts, stair-lifts, chair lifts, stair gliders and by other names. This type of chair lift should not be confused with the chairlift used by skiers.
Some of the first stairlifts to be produced commercially were advertised and sold in the USA in the 1930s by the Inclinator Company of America. Many users at the time were victims of polio.
The Sesame System would not generally be referred to as a stairlift however it is important that this and any other wheelchair lifting devices are linked to the phrase stairlift as this is a common keyword searched for by architects and the general public.
The sesame system differs from many stairlifts as rather than lift wheelchair users up and down stairs, they tend to offer a temporary replacement for stairs. This works due to the inclusion of a retracting staircase with a rising platform secreted underneath. The stairs retract and the wheelchair user goes onto the platform, which then lifts them to the upper level. Once completed the platform lowers again and stairs reappear to allow for regular use as a staircase.
This differs from original stairlifts as it allows the lift to be usable by handicapped and non-handicapped pedestrians alike. Click the following link to view our wheelchair access lifts, our lifts specifically for wheelchair users only.
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