UK Stairlifts Guide

Stairlift info provided by experienced Occupational Therapists

Stairlift Buying Tips

A stairlift is a very expensive item and therefore before buying it is wise to carefully consider whether it is the best solution for you. It may meet your immediate needs but will it meet your needs in the foreseeable future? 

You do not want to be in a position where you’ve shelled out thousands for a lift but can no longer safely use it 6 or 12 months later! Vital questions you must consider include: Can you transfer on/off the lift safely and how long will you be able to do this? The answers to these questions will be heavily related to your medical condition. Try and make an informed decision by thinking about how your particular condition will or might in future affect your abilities.If you require a partner or someone else to physically assist you in getting on and off the lift this also raises questions! Are they themselves fit enough to assist? How much assistance is needed? How long will they be able to assist? Will they always be around the house when needed?            

There is further guidance on our website related to how certain medical conditions can affect a person’s ability to safely transfer and/or operate a stairlift. There is also further information relating to possible alternative living solutions in cases where a stairlift may not be the best solution.

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Stairlift Questions

How much do stairlifts cost?

The cost of a stairlift varies considerably. This is because there is no such thing as a one size fits all. Straight rail stairlifts are the cheapest as there is no cost for a made to measure curve in the rail. To get a personalised stairlift quote, click here.

Can you rent stairlifts?

Yes stairlifts can be rented but not all major manufacturers may offer this option. Stannah is one of the major manufacturers who offer a rental service for both new and reconditioned models. Bear in mind also that in the UK there is a regional network of small independent firms who specialise in fitting and renting out second hand stairlifts. Many of these offer a valued local service and are an alternative to major manufacturers  It may be worth checking to see if there is an independent dealer in your area as they can often be competitive on prices compared with a manufacturer.

Do stairlifts go around corners?

Yes, stairlifts run on a fitted rail that can be curved to allow a lift to turn a corner. Generally speaking curved rail lifts can be up to 3 or 4 times more expensive than a straight track lift

Can you fit stairlifts to any staircase?

No. It is a fact that some stairways may be too narrow and too steep. There may be other obstructions or reasons. Eg If there is a half landing with access to another room needed from this landing? The lift rail will not be able to continue past this point as it will obstruct the access.  

Once fitted, can stairlifts be removed?

Yes, stairlifts are easily removed in as little as 2 hours.

Are stairlifts available on the NHS?

No, stairlifts are not available via NHS funding. However there is statutory funding available via a Disabled Facilities Grant. These grants are administered by Local Authorities who usually require an assessment and recommendation from an Occupational Therapist only.

When I get a stairlift installed, who will fix it if it needs maintenance?

All the major manufacturers such as Companion stairlifts, offer a repair service for their own lifts. The manufacturer will also offer to sell you an extended warranty to cover for breakdowns once the guarantee period has expired for a new installation. There will also be local independent repair services who may well service and repair all makes.

Do you offer stairlifts locally to me?

Stairlifty connects you with local stairlift suppliers in order to get you the best stairlift at the lowest price. Whether you need your stairlift in Liverpool or Northern Ireland, we’ll connect you with the best suppliers. Click to get a quote from a local supplier.

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