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The idea of needing help to go up and down stairs is nothing new. After all, humans have been building tall buildings, pyramids, churches, castles, homes, and other buildings with more than one floor for thousands of years. The human body has not changed in the aging process, people are still disabled, and people still become injured every year, resulting in a time when their mobility is impacted as well.

Able Care Group based in New Jersey offers incredible chair lifts, wheelchair ramps, and platform lifts for people who need assistance on their stairway. Our team offers fast evaluations, 24 hour support, 7 days a week, and a 72-hour guarantee on installations. Below, we’ll take a brief look at the history of stairlifts. Contact us today to learn more!


Stairlifts have been called many different things, and today they still go by a lot of different names: chair lifts, stairway lifts, staircase lifts, handicap stair lifts, and many more. The first known stairlift was made for Henry VIII of England in the mid-sixteenth century. Henry VIII was an active man, and he was obese (he liked to eat a lot of food). When he was injured in a jousting tournament, he needed a way to get up and down the stairs in his London palace home, Whitehall. Thus, he has a “chairthrone” built that would take him up and down the 20 stairs. Of course, this did not run on electricity or a battery like modern chair lifts because they hadn’t been invented yet. Instead, he used human power using the block and tackle system to pull him up and lower him down the stairs.

As far as history knows, this was the last chair lift until the early twentieth century when a man named C.C. Crispen wanted to help his friend who had polio get up and down the stairs in his home. He invented a chair that traveled on a rail that ran the length of the staircase. He, too, used a chair or a cable to pull his friend up and down the stairs. He named this chair lift the “Inclin-ator.”

Seeing a market for his chair lifts, he started a company to reproduce and manufacture chair lifts. In the beginning, mostly those with polio used the chair. Polio is a disease that has been virtually eradicated from the developed world thanks to the polio vaccine. It causes paralysis from those who contract it.

Other companies jumped in and began producing their own chair lifts, and the demand and uses only grew. There are many people with disabilities, temporary conditions, and inevitable aging that need a chair lift to assist with getting up and down the stairs. Chair lifts have allowed seniors to stay in their current homes longer and made life easier for those with mobility issues. Now, people can go up and down the stairs carrying laundry and more heavy items. In addition, outfitting cars and vans with lifts allows those with mobility issues to still be able to go places and maintain their level of freedom.

Chair lifts have come a long way in 100 years. Now, they fold up out of the way, and they can pivot at the top. Installing stairlifts is not all that hard, the safety features have improved, and they are easy to use. With the battery operation, they can still function even if the power does go out. Most operate by remote control and feature swivel seats.

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Able Care Group is committed to improving our customers’ mobility through offering and installing residential and commercial platform lifts, chair lifts, and wheelchair ramps. We also can outfit your senior living facility or other institutional homes with our amazing chair lift products. Our family-owned business has been helping people in the New Jersey area with mobility issues for over 30 years. We offer discounts for veterans and 0% financing for those who qualify for six months. We offer fast evaluations, so when you call us, we’ll make it a priority to come to your home and write up an estimate as soon as possible. We’re available to answer any questions you may have on all of our stairlift products, and as soon as you’re ready, we’ll install your stairlift or platform in 72 hours.

Able Care Group also believes in customers for life. That means that once you purchase your stairlift for chairs or platform lift from us, we’re still here to support you. We offer 24/7 customer support with any questions you may have, and if you need maintenance, call us right away. Our friendly and professional staff will get you taken care of right away.

Able Care Group in New Jersey is committed to helping those with mobility issues move easier. Call us today to learn more!