Climbing stairs to go to the bedroom or bathroom might not be something that many of us even think about, as it is just part of owning a house. However, for those that find the task near impossible if not completely unmanageable, then a wise investment would be to install a stairlift.
Although the elderly, with painful knees, would benefit the most from having such equipment installed, other people with severe back pain, or if you or if a family member is disabled, then installing a stairlift could make your life so much easier. However, the biggest benefits for you or the loved one using this type of equipment would be independence and reducing the burden on others.
It can be a wrenching decision to install a stairlift. Yet, the modern types of stairlifts are not only functional; more thought has been placed into their design. The other option would be to sell up, go through the stressful process of looking for a new house or move into a bungalow. Most of us do not want to give up our memories or move away from our friends.
Making a smart investment of installing a stairlift can be made easier by speaking to the right supplier. One that can offer you after sales service, and the best advice for your own needs. Also, a company that complies with the British and European standards and that they are an ISO accredited supplier who conforms to the ethical business practices required by the British Healthcare Trades Association, whose code of practice is approved by the Office of Fair Trading. Furthermore, ideally your supplier should be members of the Lift and Escalator Industry Association. Thereby you know that the stairlift is safe and reliable. One reputable stairlift company that stands out is Age UK.
Before you approach any stairlift company, do some research. The best would be to speak to people who have already installed one and get their views about the benefits or hassles they have experienced. You can also speak to an occupational therapist and get some valuable advice of which type of device will be the better option for you. With that confidence, approach an installing company for a quote. However, do ask the stairlift company for advice. A company like Age UK will give you an information pack. With this, you will be able to compare the different products on offer, before committing to one.
You can purchase home stairlifts for a range of different prices and there are different types of stairlifts available. From the seated stairlift, the perch stairlift, the straight stairlift, even the curved stairlift and the transfer platform straight staircase stairlift. Speak to the agent, as they would be able to direct you to the correct solution for your needs. The agent will be looking at the installation area, your movement abilities or any limits you might have, but the agent will also discuss the costs of a chair lift.
A new stairlift, installed by a reputable company, means that the device will be installed correctly and the device comes directly from the manufacturer. This means you will have a great product and extra peace of mind. If, however, the cost of a new stairlift is a concern, then you could opt for a reconditioned stairlift. These stairlifts are budget friendly, but the only thing is that the seat and the motor has been used before and has been refurbished.
A stairlift can add functionality to your home, more so it can preserve your lifestyle and independence. Your choice of company should be based on your needs; but cost should not be the main factor. Luckily, a company like Age UK are able to beat the competition’s price.