Choosing the right stairlift : Top tips to help you make the best possible choice

Mobility and accessibility issues are very common.  If you live in a home with more than one story, not being able to use the stairs can be frustrating and reduce your independence. Where climbing the stairs is proving a little more difficult, often the first step is to add a wall mounted hand rail that extends the full length of the stairs. Hand rails will offer support and stability while climbing or descending the stairs. For handrails to be most useful and safe it is important to have them installed at the correct height, with ample grip width and handrail length extending beyond the top and bottom stair.
When the stairs begin to become uncomfortable even with the handrail or travelling the stairs worsens your physical condition then a stairlift is an excellent option to consider. Stairlifts are easy to use, safe and allow you to enjoy independence throughout your full house.  We offer a stairlift to suit every staircase, but with so many options it is often difficult  to know where to start. To help you make the right choice for you, we have put together some useful tips.
Step 1.  Organise a home visit with a specialist stairlift provider to simply discuss your needs on the type of lift you would like and the design you would need. During the visit our surveyor will ask you some questions so they can access and provide you with the best possible solution for your situation. We believe in providing exactly what is necessary.
Our surveyor will;
a) Take full measurements of your staircase,noting any alterations that may be required
b) Take your back to knee measurement (to ensure your knees will be free of any objects while using the stairlift)
c) Note your height (to ensure enough ceiling clearance throughout the stairlift journey)
d) Weight (to guarantee the right choice of stairlift)
e) Ask questions in relation to your hand dexterity and whether you are right or left handed
Step 2. Try before you buy
Different products have different features. There is no substitute for looking, feeling and actually trying out the stairlift to ensure you are completely happy with how it will work before you commit. We offer a full demonstration where you can bring your family along. We can answer any questions or concerns you have. Trying out a number of different stairlifts will give you a feel for whether you can manage a manual swivel or your require a powered swivel or whether you like the look and feel or a particular seat.
Step 3: Contact more than one stairlift company
Different brands and models offer different options, and you need to choose the best one for you. Cost should not be the main deciding factor in your purchase, but trust, experience and aftercare. If applying for a grant, your county council will request 2 quotes to be submitted from 2 separate stairlift companies. The grant is means tested and based on the lowest quote. However, it is your decision to make who you would like to supply and look after your stairlift. The council does not choose the supplier you have to go with where you own your home.  You will be left to make the decision independently.
Step 4. Consider After Care Services.
Your stairlift is a mechanical device, that will require maintenance and yearly servicing. You need to ensure that if anything happens in the event of an emergency that you have 24/7 365 days a year back up service. Some questions to ask your stairlift supplier about their aftercare includes:
* What is your breakdown assistance turnaround times?
* Do you operate an out of hours phone support line?
* Will you engineer fix it on the day for me?
We are always on hand to advise and support you through your decision making journey.