What does the HomeGlide look and feel like?
The HomeGlide has quite a modern looking seat on it and the carriage is slimline in design. It comes in beige upholstery only and there is not a choice in colours. The seat itself is padded and comes in wipe clean upholstery.
As with the HomeGlide Extra, both models have the same user friendly controls and the lift is very easy to operate.
How does the HomeGlide work?
The HomeGlide operates via a joystick control which is situated at the end of the chair arm. To go up or down the stairs simply apply a constant pressure to the joystick and point it in the direction that you want to travel in. When you get to the bottom or top of the track, the lift will automatically stop.
This standard model comes with a manual swivel chair. In order to get off the lift safely at the top of the stairs, simply press the lever at the side of the chair and walk your feet around to turn the chair, like you would if you were turning an office chair around. If you don’t think you will be able to do this manual action, you may need a powered swivel chair which is not available on this model but is available on the HomeGlide Extra model.
This model comes with remote control call/sends so you can park the lift at the bottom or top of the stairs. If you have two people in the house both needing to use the lift, you could use these remotes to send the lift to the other person.
The lift needs to be parked on a charge point to stop the batteries running flat. However, if you have a powered hinge track at the bottom of the rail then you would need to park your lift on the nearest park point as the folding rail will not have a charge point (as it is normally folded up).
How does the HomeGlide fit in my home?
The lift comes in 3 main parts – the rail, carriage and chair. The only part of the lift that is attached to your home is the rail. The rail is fixed to your steps by attaching the rail leg brackets and screwing them through your carpet and into your steps, just like all lifts are. Should the lift ever need to be removed in the future, these screw holes are quite small and usually can be disguised in the carpet pile.
The carriage is then loaded onto the rail and then the chair is fitted to the carriage.
Further technical information is included at the bottom of this page for reference on its approximate dimensions.
How long does it take to fit?
The HomeGlide fitting can be very quick. As we have already mentioned, we usually have a stock of these models available for same-day or next-day fitting depending upon our engineering teams work schedule. Normally though we can install this model from order to installation in a matter of days and on the Home Assessment Visit we could give you an idea of installation dates available.
To install this model in your home, it would take one engineer about 3-4 hours to install it to our high standards of workmanship and to have enough time to give you a proper demonstration handover to make sure you can use it okay and you are comfortable with it’s operation before he leaves.
What do I need to do to get it fitted?
The first step is to have a free Home Assessment Visit where one of our surveyors will visit you in your home to assess your needs and your stairs. He can then see which lift will be best for your particular needs and stairs and give you a price there and then.
We’ll need to have a powerpoint nearby to provide continuous power to the lift. If you don’t have one nearby that we can use then we can organise for one to be fitted and look after the job from start to finish. The power will keep the batteries in your lift charged up so it is ready to use all the time.
How do I maintain it?
If you purchase this product from us, it will come with a 2-year warranty which includes one annual service*, with the option to extend the warranty/servicing for up to 5 years from the date of installation. You should have an annual service each year to make sure your product is working at it’s best, is all safety checked and kept clean and lubricated. A quick wipe over of the seat, carriage and rail with a damp cloth each week will prevent any dust or animal hair build up inside the carriage.
*for private customers excludes local authority customers who are subject to their own warranty requirements.