Stair Platform Lift for Ashford Lodge
Situated at the centre of Ilkeston, Derbyshire, is Ashford Lodge, a nursing and residential care home serving the needs of patients with dementia or nursing care.
The nursing home had an existing stair lift, which was becoming old and noisy, as well as expensive to maintain and had reached the end of it’s useful life. The home contacted Ability Lifts who completed a survey of the site, and recommended their Optimum 200 platform stair lift as the ideal replacement, allowing residents to access both levels of Ashford Lodge.
The lift offers stainless steel, clean rail technology which allows the handrail to be used when the lift is not in operation. In addition, the lift platform folds up to create one of the slimmest models on the market.
In limited space, the Optimum 200 was fitted on to a narrow wooden staircase which required a specially designed stanchion and base plate to mount the lift onto the inclined stringer. To facilitate this a long narrow steel plate was supplied and fitted by the client to the top of the stair stringer that was capable of withstanding the load from the lift, with additional stanchion post brackets fixed back to the adjacent wall to distribute the loading. The installation was carefully managed to minimise disruption to the residents and staff of the building.
A special, bespoke platform size of 800x700mm, with an uprated weight capacity of 300kgs was specified to ensure that the heavier wheelchairs could be accommodated if necessary. The lift is capable of being remote controlled with wireless key controls for the lift.
Home owner, Andrew Carnachan was very complimentary about the service they had from the team at Ability Lifts. He mentioned both the efficiency and professionalism of the installation team who worked closely with the onsite builder to ensure the correct fixing for the lift was provided, as well as the consideration the team made to ensure the job went smoothly.
To find out more about the Optimum 200 Stair Platform Lift and other products in the range, please visit www.abilitylifts.co.uk or call our dedicated sales line on 0151 808 1581.