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When you’re looking for a stairlift, or chair lift, it can be difficult to decide. Stairlifts have come a long way since they were first invented, and with today’s technology, they only become better and more sophisticated — making them even harder to choose between.

Able Care Group has been serving the New Jersey and New York area with the best chair lifts, wheelchair ramps, and platform lifts for 30 years. Our expert team offers 24/7 support service, so if you have a question in the middle of the night about your chair lift, please don’t hesitate to call us. We’re here to give you peace of mind and to troubleshoot if need be. Below, we’ll take a look at the different types of stairlifts we offer. Contact us today to get started!


Straight Rail Stairlifts

Straight rail stairlifts are the original kind of stairlift that was invented. These stairlifts are simple in the fact that they only go up and down in a straight line. When you order a straight rail stairlift, the rail is cut to fit your stairwell. Straight rail stairlifts need a minimum of 28” in width in order to be installed. Head clearance is the other concern, but most houses are just fine for this type of stairlift. You want to look for rails that are anodized (coated) and scratch-resistant.

Straight rail stairlifts have a charging strip to constantly charge your stairlift, much like your cell phone when it’s plugged in. The rail is attached to the stairs, not to the wall. This results in a much more stable ride and is better for safety. It also does minimal damage to your home, as just a couple of screws hold your chair lift in place where the legs are. The only other major factor you need to consider is that your chair lift needs a landing place. Most models stick out around 18” at the bottom so you’ll need to make sure you have clearance in a walkway or a doorway.

One solution around the landing at the bottom of the stairway is a powered folding or retractable rail option. This allows you to ride to the bottom of the stairway and then remotely send your chair and rail back up, freeing up space at the bottom of the stairway. Chairs can also fold with the touch of a button, creating further space.

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Curved Rail Stairlifts

Like the name implies, the rails are curved here. These are designed for those that have a curved stairwell or have a landing space before continuing up the stairs. These are a bit more complex (and thus a bit more costly). Every curved rail chair lift system has to be custom made since most curved stairways differ from each other. The goal is to still have a safe, smooth ride while navigating the turns. Furthermore, by their very nature, the width is probably not uniform, adding another element to work around if your stairwell narrows at one point.

Curved rail stairlifts are able to be installed on either side of the stairwell. You can choose the color and the style of the rails and of your chair. With curved rail stairlifts. You can choose a completely customized option, or there is a modular option where your stairlift moves on a uniform tube. These are usually faster than custom, but if your stairwell is old with many tight turns, you may need a custom option. Dimensions required will vary since your stairwell is different from everyone else’s.


Able Care Group in New Jersey offers the best chairlifts. Contact us today to get started!