Rest Easy with a Comfortable StairliftInstalling a stairlift in your home is great for those wishing to maintain their independence, although choosing the right stairlift can sometimes be a confusing process. Let our handy guide do the brunt of the work and help you to find the best stairlift for your needs.
Why Choose a Stairlift?
Rather than moving house or being confined to one level of your home, installing a stairlift can give you the freedom to move about your own home independently, and eliminate the need for assistance in going up and down stairs.
Assess your Space
Anyone considering installing a stairlift will need to have their home assessed to work out the available space, check the suitability of the home for a stairlift installation and advise which type of stairlift will work best. It’s easy to receive advice from Age UK or other organisations, which will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
It is vital to choose a stairlift provider who has British Healthcare Trades Association (BHTA) accreditation – this ensures that they are qualified and experienced, so you know your stairlift will be manufactured and fitted to the highest possible standards. Improperly fitted and faulty stairlifts could cause serious injury.
Types of Stairlift Available
With so many different types of stairlift available, it can be hard to know where to start. Here are some of the options you may find yourself faced with:
• Straight stairlift – these are designed for straight stairs without any corners
• Curved stairlift – these are designed for staircases which have corners or spiral staircases
• Hinged track – this may be needed if there is an obstruction near the base of your stairs – the track has to extend across the hall floor to allow the stairlift seat to be low enough for the user.
You can choose from a manual or powered hinge – manual hinges need to be operate by hand, whereas power hinges are operated by a remote control for easy use.
You might have many other questions about stairlifts, and most reputable manufacturers will be able to put your mind at rest by answering these questions – be wary of anyone who isn’t willing to take the time to talk to you about what is, after all, an important decision.
Age UK offer stairlifts from Handicare – a free DVD guide to their products can be provided upon request and it’s also free to book a home visit, where a representative will be able to answer all your questions.
Acorn Stair Lifts are one of the world’s largest stairlift manufacturers and suppliers – they offer a free, no obligation home survey and quotation.
Stannah Stairlifts have been manufacturing stairlifts since 1975 – it is easy to request a free brochure or quotation through their website and their engineers promise a 24 hour call-out service which runs 365 days a year.
Of course if you can't afford to buy a stairlift - you can always look at the options for renting one. Most companies offer short term rent for up to 3 months. Renting can be a great help if you are going somewhere for a holiday to have it installed, your mum is visiting you and needs a stairlift or any other short term reason.
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