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There are a number of options available to make using the lift
easier. An occupational therapist or an impartial sales
adviser will be able to specify the ones that are suitable for
the users needs.
The most obvious option is to have a swivel seat stairlift.
This means that you can swivel the chair when you reach the
top of the stairs, so that you are facing away from the
staircase when you get off. This makes it much easier and
safer to get on and off the lift. The stairlift chair then
acts as a barrier so that if you were to lose balance you
could not fall down the stairs. A swivel seat is a standard
option on most stairlifts these days, so you shouldn't have to
pay extra. If possible try and visit a showroom to compare the
different stairlifts available.
swivel seats are also available if you are unable to turn the
seat yourself. This will add to the cost quite significantly
and the quality can vary according to the manufacturer. As
always seek independent advice and get prices from more than
one source. If a powered swivel isn't necessary at the moment
but could be useful in the future make sure the seat can be