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A new two-way powered swivel seat option on Handicare’s premium curved stairlift system, the Freecurve, means a “life-changing” home adaptation is now possible for more clients.

This new feature offers users enhanced safety and comfort when using a Freecurve stairlift in their home.

Individuals with narrow staircases and tricky layouts in halls and landings will be able to ride in comfort with the Freecurve in a swivelled position and benefit from the enhanced safety of a 90-degree swivel at the top of the stairs, with no rail overrun required.

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Suitable for staircases with curves or landings as narrow as 690mm, the Freecurve two-way powered swivel seat allows the user to travel in an offset position to avoid their knees clashing with fixed obstacles during the ride. The angle can be easily adjusted on-site from the default 65-degree setting to 45, 85 or 90 degrees as required.

Once at the top of the staircase, the seat then swivels 90 or 85 degrees in the opposite direction to allow the user to dismount safely and securely. There’s also the possibility of zero intrusion at the top of the staircase to avoid any obstruction of doorways on the landing.

To further safeguard users travelling in the offset position, a safety belt with an interlock switch is available. New technology also means the non-handed option is more reliable, operates at a reduced noise level and enables users to dismount safely on multiple landings if required.

This two-way powered swivel feature requires no additional training and is easy to install, according to Handicare.

The Freecurve two-way powered swivel option is available on the Elegance, Alliance and Classic seats and continues to be available with one-way powered and manual swivel options. The two-way powered swivel replaces the Freecurve Turn and Go and can be retrofitted on lifts already installed.

Handicare recently retained major contracts with Glasgow City Council and Gateshead Council to supply, install, service, repair, and remove stairlifts and patient handling equipment. These adaptation contracts will help ease pressure on the local authorities so that they can focus resources on supporting their communities during the coronavirus pandemic and beyond.

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