How can we help you? Is a stair lift difficult to operate? 0 out of 0 found this helpful Not at all. The stair lift is operated by a simple, easy to use toggle switch on the right or left side armrest depending upon your preference. When pressure is applied to the toggle switch, the stair lift will gently begin to move and will stop immediately when pressure is removed from the toggle switch, if the safety sensors meet an obstruction, or when the stair lift reaches the top or bottom landing. Was this helpful? Yes (0) No (0) Category: General Related Questions How long does the installation take? What if my stair lift is on the opposite end of the staircase? Will my insurance cover the cost of a stair lift? Are my stairs suitable?