The hinged rail is useful in situations where there is an obstruction (usually a door) at the foot of the stairway, or where the protrusion of the foot of the rail could cause a tripping hazard. It should be noted that the hinge is manually operated (ACORN/Brooks has a powered hinge in development). Please consider your ability to raise and lower the hinge. We often suggest that the user ‘hook’ the underside of the hinge with a walking cane to raise and lower it – and avoid stooping. The pneumatic assistance afforded by the gas strut makes this process relatively effortless.