Ease-of-Use Program

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The Arthritis Foundation created the Ease-of-Use Program to encourage manufacturers to design user-friendly products and packaging that could be recommended to the millions of people in the world living with arthritis.

The process begins with the manufacturer submitting a product to the Arthritis Foundation for an extensive, scientific evaluation. The sole purpose of this evaluation is to simply determine how easy it is to use a given product for people with arthritis. The testing process is as follows:

  • When a product is submitted for testing, it is evaluated under fail or pass conditions. These are performed according to the product type and what its functions are. Other examples of product testing could include opening a lid on a medicine bottle or using the controls of a household kettle.
  • An assessment then takes place simulating the use of the product. The people who test the product are none other than individuals that have Arthritis. This testing extends from the opening of the packaging to actual usage to make sure that from start to finish, every step of the process is evaluated for ease of use.
  • Finally, a panel of eight testers who have moderate to severe arthritis are evaluated for torque, grip and endurance, muscle strength, pinch force, and range of motion. They are asked to interact with the product as they normally would, opening the packaging, using the product, and utilizing its controls. Following this evaluation, an interview is conducted by a group of scientists, and the testers’ feedback is gathered in a real-world setting.
The scientist’s evaluation for the Arthritis foundation included the following:
Acorns Easy to use Stairlifts
What did this mean for us as a stairlift company?

At the moment, Acorn is the only stairlift company to have been accredited with this award. This award confirms that we are a pioneer in the industry, always striving to stay ahead and continuing to help our customers by providing the absolute best solution for their needs. This honor endorses Acorn Stairlifts’ mission statement to be the best stairlift company in the world.

Which Acorn Stairlifts meet the Ease-of-use Commendation?

Both the Acorn 130 Straight Stairlift (including the outdoor model) and the Acorn 180 Curved Stairlift have been scientifically tested, receiving the Ease-of-Use Commendation.

Are there any other stairlifts on the market that have earned the Ease-of-use Commendation?

No. Currently, our stairlifts are the only ones in the world to be given this award. At Acorn, we are constantly striving to improve our products so that our customers know they are getting nothing less than the very best. As a direct manufacturer of stairlifts, Acorn Stairlifts continues to listen to our customers’ feedback about everything from manufacturing modifications to improving user experience, ensuring your satisfaction.

Want to know more about the Arthritis Foundation?

For further details on the Ease-of-Use Commendation, as well as general information about the Arthritis Foundation, click here: arthritis.org

In addition, all our stairlifts are tested and certified to:

  • ISO 9386:2-2000 ‘International standard for stairlifts.’
  • CE Mark- Acorn Stairlifts meets the requirements of the applicable European Directive(s).
  • BS EN 81-40:2008- European safety standard- ‘Specification for powered stairlifts’.
  • ASME compliant for mechanical and electrical hazards- ASME A18.1 and A17.5.