We answer all your questions on How to buy a Stairlift, to make sure you get the right Stairlift that fits your staircase.
Every year, thousands of people look for a solution to remain independent in their home. Choosing a stairlift can be an overwhelming task. We are here to make this task as easy as possible for you.
1) Are my stairs suitable for a stairlift?
There is a variety of stairlift systems available so you can generally find something that will work on curved, helical, or straight stairs. There are some staircases that have a mixture of both straight flight stairs and fan-like steps or intermittent landings: custom made rails are available to handle most of these configurations too. Whatever type of staircase you have, there is often a solution that can be found.
2) How is the stairlift fixed?
Stairlifts are usually fitted to the stairs, not the wall. Most of the time the rail is secured to the first and last stair, there will be further supports along the rail. They won’t be needed on every step and their positioning will depend on the staircase. If you have a complex curved staircase then you may require more fixings than a standard straight staircase.
Onsite surveys that will design the optimum rail for you means they will be able to give you a good idea before you order of where your rail will be fixed. In some circumstances a bracing bar may be fitted to provide additional support, your stairlift supplier should be able to make you aware of this in advance.
3) Will I need any building work to accommodate a stairlift?
Sometimes additional minor modifications are required to the property to ensure that the stairlift will fit and travel safely – this is a very common scenario and shouldn’t be a cause for concern.
Home Mobility will be able to give you guidance and advice on any adaptations that are needed. This may, for example, include removal of a handrail, making a window sill flush or perhaps moving a radiator along little to make room for your stairlift.
4) Are all stairlift seats the same?
Stairlift seats come in different shapes and sizes, and depending on each individual circumstance, there will be options available to suit users’ medical or physical conditions. You may not need powered options now but is worth considering if you should invest now to ensure ease of use for the future. Not all systems are able to add these at a later date so, if you think you may need the extra assistance powered features offer one day, make sure you know if there is an option to add these in the future or if you need to include them when you place your order.
5) How much does a Stairlifts cost?
To estimate a stair lift price realistically we need to take several factors into account.
- You will need to Find the best Stairlift suitable for your situation. Do you need a Straight Stairlift or a Curved Stairlift or a wheelchair Platform Stairlift?
- How many bends in your staircase, and the height of the bulkheads (overhead clearance)?
- The length and angle of your stair case, and how far the Stairlift needs to extend beyond the last bottom and top steps to make it safe and practical to use.
- The available width and also whether or not there are any handrails or obstructions that need to be removed.
- Are there obstructions at the top/bottom of the staircase? This could mean the addition of a powered hinge rail, or remedial works (moving radiators etc) at the time of installation.
- The actual purchase price of the equipment, features and quality, as well as any local sales tax (VAT) you may be subject to. (Lebanon VAT 11%, Jordan 16%)
6) Who benefits from using a Stairlift?
Home Stairlifts are designed for people who can walk for short distances but have trouble getting up and down the stairs. If have a managed heart condition, arthritis, painful joints, you’ve suffered a stroke or are recovering from major surgery – then a stairlift could transform your life.
Platform Stairlifts are ideal for wheelchair users.
Home Mobility offers a free, no obligation visit where they can answer any questions you may have and assess the needs of the user and the staircase before recommending a solution.
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What is the cost of a Stairlift from Home Mobility?
At Home Mobility, the price of a stairlift depends on a number of things, such as the type of staircase you have (straight, curved, indoor, outdoor), the angle of your stairs and the space available at both the top and bottom of the stairs.